Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4th of July Treats: Cheesecake Cookies

Happy 4th of July!

Tonight, Randall and I are going to a cookout with some friends before we head out to watch the fireworks. These cheesecake cookies are delicious for any occasion, but their red, white, and blue colors make them perfect of Independence Day.

What You'll Need
3 1/2 cups Flour
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1 tsp. Salt
2 8 oz. packages of softened Cream Cheese
2 1/2 sticks of softened Butter
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 large Eggs
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
Graham Cracker Crumbs
2 cans of your choice of pie filling (I used Strawberry and Blueberry)

Step 1
 Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt together.

Step 2
  In a separate bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar for about 2 minutes.

Step 3
 Add eggs and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.

Step 4
Slowly add dry ingredients and mix together on a reduced speed until all ingredients are incorporated. Let batter sit in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until firm. Add graham cracker crumbs to a shallow bowl and set oven to 350.

Step 5
Roll dough into 1 inch balls and coat them evenly in the crumbs. Space the balls about two inches away from each other on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Step 6
Using the bottom of a tablespoon, press an indention into the center of each ball.

Step 7
Spoon pie filling into the center of the cookies and bake for 12-14 minutes.

Finished Product

Cookies just for Randall.

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