Orange Cheesecake Cookies

There is something of a joke in my family about cream cheese.

  Orange Cheesecake Cookies

You see, my father loves the stuff.  I’ve seen him eat it on crackers, with salsa, on chips, or even plain.  Whenever he tries a new recipe, inevitably, his first comment is that it does not have enough cream cheese.  (Most of the time he is joking … we think.)  He was the reason, last holiday season, I tried to find a cookie that featured cream cheese prominently.

   Orange Cheesecake Cookies

These cookies are an upgrade of a cookie I tried last year from here.  They were just ok.  They tasted like baked cream cheese.  I did a little tinkering and I’m happy to report that these cookies now have a robust flavor. 

Orange Cheesecake Cookies

The bottoms of the cookies get quite chewy and a little darker than you would expect while the tops stay quite soft, pale, and a little creamy.  The texture and the flavor, with the mild cream cheese tang and fresh burst of citrus, really do remind me of cheesecake!

Orange Cheesecake Cookies    Yield about 3 dozen
Adapted from here

1/2 cup butter at room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest (you could also use lemon or lime)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted

Heat the oven to 375 and prepare two sheet pans with parchment paper.

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In the bowl of a mixer cream the butter and cream cheese until they are well combined.

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Add the sugar, vanilla, and citrus zest and blend until the ingredients are well combined but not fluffy.  Add the flour and mix on low until the flour is incorporated.

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Scoop the dough into 1″ balls onto the prepared sheet pans.  Bake for 12 to 13 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the tops are slightly puffed.  

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Cool on the pan for two minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Once cool drizzle, or dip, the cookies with the melted chocolate.  Put the cookies into the refrigerator for thirty minutes to set the chocolate.

 Orange Cheesecake Cookies 


Orange Cheesecake Cookies

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Author: Kelly

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  • maria

    I love these. They are so pretty!

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  • UdoUmami

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I HAVE TO MAKE THESE!!! SO YUMMY LOOKING!!!! XOxo <3 Udo

  • Alta

    These are gorgeous, with the chocolate drizzles!

  • lk (helathy delicious)

    wow! I never thought citrus would pair well with cheesecake, but these look awesome!

  • Natasha – 5 Star Foodie

    Those look just magical! So pretty with a chocolate drizzle!

  • Sheena S.

    Great looking cookies! I adore the orange-chocolate flavour combo.

  • jenn (Bread + Butter)

    Wow…Kelly. Awesome cookies. I’m really loving this a lot.

  • teresa

    oh yummy! what a bright and tasty cookie!

  • Bob

    Mmmm, cream cheese. I’ve been known to eat it plain myself. Heh. Those cookies look wicked good, I have to try them.

  • Nutmeg Nanny

    These look great! I need to give them a try…I’m always on the lookout for a delicious new cookie:)

  • Miranda

    Oh my! Beautiful pictures and recipe! I love it!

  • sokehahcheah

    They look very pretty and unusual with the choc criss cross

  • penny aka jeroxie

    I like the touch of the chocolate drizzle. And I love chewy biscuits.

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  • Bonnie

    These look fabulous. How do you do those drizzles – with a pastry bag and tiny tip?? I will have to work on a gluten-free version of these very soon!

  • LIz Marr, MS, RD

    Oh, delish and pretty. Love the chocolate drizzle.

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    Oh yum! Your cookies look amazing! Love the orange and chocolate combo!

  • Eliana

    Oh My Goodness – these look amazing and they have two of my favorite things in them – orange and cream – so I will have to try them very soon.

  • pigpigscorner

    They look really delicious! Wonderful flavours.

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  • Erin

    My mom and I were searching for Christmas cookies to make and we found these…. We LOVE them!!! THanks for posting!

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  • Sonia

    These tasted great, but my cookies did not look like yours at all. They were more like lacy cookies – they were very thin. I’m not sure what I did wrong. How do you get yours to not spread out all over the place?

  • Kelly

    Sonia – It could be the dough was too warm. Try chilling it next time. You may want to try adding a little extra flour, too. Some butter has a high water content, so that could also be a factor. Lots of reasons this could happen, and I am so sorry it happened to you!

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