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Lemon Cheesecake Cookies

Lemon Cheesecake Cookies are thick, soft, and chewy with a cheesecake-like texture and a simple lemon glaze.
Course Dessert, Snack, Vegetarian
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon cheesecake cookies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Getting ingredients to room temperature and dough chilling 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 99kcal

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 3/4 cup (142g) white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons; 56.8g) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (112g) full-fat cream cheese (I don't recommend reduced-fat or Neufchâtel)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure lemon extract
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 and 1/4 cup (146g) white, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons lemon-flavored pudding and pie filling mix (See Note 1)

Glaze

  • 1/2 cup (59g) powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  • 1 HOUR IN ADVANCE: Set out the butter, cream cheese, and egg to get to room temperature. Make sure these ingredients are all at room temperature before starting. Don't melt any of these ingredients in the microwave or the texture will be off. (See Note 2)
  • CREAM BUTTER AND SUGAR: In a large bowl, cream together the sugar and butter with an electric hand mixer until light and fluffy. (Alternatively, cream together in a stand mixer).
  • REMAINING WET INGREDIENTS: Add in the cream cheese and continue to beat until the batter is completely smooth. Beat in the egg, vanilla extract, lemon extract, lemon juice, and lemon zest. When zesting the lemon, be careful to avoid the white part of the lemon; this is called the pith and is very bitter; just get the very outside yellow part.
  • DRY INGREDIENTS: In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cornstarch, and pudding mix. Stir together and then add to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined, being careful to not over-mix (to avoid dense cookies).
  • CHILL: Cover the dough tightly and chill for 45 minutes.
  • MEASURE COOKIE DOUGH BALLS: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Using a 1 tablespoon measuring spoon, measure in the cookie dough to just fill up the measuring spoon (not heaping; these are small cookie balls). Place cookies 2 inches apart on a parchment or Silpat- lined baking sheet. I bake 8-10 at a time.
  • BAKE: Bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes (10 minutes is perfect in my oven) and then remove from the oven. Remove to a cooling rack and let cool completely. Be very careful to not over-bake these cookies as they go from a thick soft cheesecake texture to a biscuit-like texture very quickly.
  • GLAZE: Once cooled, prepare the glaze by whisking together the lemon juice and powdered sugar. Add the lemon juice just until a thick glaze can come together. Spoon the glaze over the cookies and allow to set.
  • STORAGE: Store cookies in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days. These cookies don't freeze or thaw very well.

Notes

Note 1: If you aren't familiar with lemon pudding mix, here's a picture of the box. Not lemon Jell-o® and not vanilla pudding mix, these lemon cheesecake cookies need the lemon instant pudding & pie filling mix. Do not prepare the pudding mix; just use the dry powder.
Note 2: Don't have time for these ingredients to get to room temperature? Use some of these tricks to bring them to room temperature quicker.

Nutrition

Serving: 24cookies | Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.7g | Protein: 1.3g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17.6mg | Sodium: 18.3mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 8.9g