PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE COOKIES
- 60 g (4 tbsp) cream cheese like Philadelphia
- 14 g (2 tbsp) powdered sugar
- 1/4 tsp vanilla paste or vanilla extract
Pumpkin Cookie Dough
- 110 g (1/2 cup) unsalted butter room temperature
- 50 g (1/2 cup) caster sugar
- 50 g (1/2 cup) brown sugar
- 1 (17 g) egg yolk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla paste or extract
- 50 g (1/4 cup) pumpkin puree the more thick and dry as you can
- 180 g (1+1/2 cup) all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- pinch of ginger
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- 35 g (3 tbsp) granulated white sugar
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- In a small size bowl combine together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth.
- Divide the cream cheese mix into 10 equal tsp placed onto a lined sheet.
- Put in freezer for at least 20 minutes or until hard and frozen (meanwhile prepare cookie dough).
Pumpkin Cookie Dough
- If you're using homemade pumpkin puree or if your canned pumpkin puree is watery, cook it for some minutes over low heat keeping on stirring, until it becomes dry, thick and very dense. Set aside to cool.
- In a large bowl cream together butter, brown sugar, caster sugar, vanilla until become smooth and well combined. You can use a spatula or a hand mixer.
- Incorporate the egg yolk and the pumpkin puree. Don't worry if it lumps a bit, it will turn out smooth after you adding flour mix.
- In a medium size bowl sift and mix together flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and all the spices.
- Add the flour mix in 3 times into the butter mix: use a spatula to combine or, if you are using a hand mixer, don't overmix! Your cookie dough may need a bit more/less flour depending on how much watery was your pumpkin puree. The dough should be very soft but not too sticky.
- Place the cookie dough into refrigerator for at least 20 minutes, mostly if you live in a hot climate. You can skip the refrigerating time if you live in a cold climate.
- In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon.
- Use a 5cm-2inch large ice cream scooper to scoop the cookie dough.
- Flatten the cookie dough ball into a circle and place in the center a frozen scoop of cheesecake filling.
- Fold the edges of the cookie dough circle around the cheesecake filling and roll into a ball: mostly if you live in a hot climate, roll quickly the cookies because cream cheese filling tends to melt quickly; you can return the cheesecake filling to freezer for minutes more if it melts.
- Repeat for the rest of the dough: you’ll get 10 large stuffed cookie balls (or 15 if you're using a smaller scooper).
- Roll every ball into the sugar-cinnamon coating, place 5 balls onto a lined baking sheet (at least 5 cm-2 inch apart) and slightly flatten the top.
- Bake in preheated fan oven (upper+lower heat) at 180°C-350°F for about 9 minutes or until the sides become slighlty golden. Don't over bake!
- Cool down completely on a wire rack before serving.
These Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies are very easy to make, but you should pay attention to the Pumpkin Puree you use for this recipe.
I always use homemade pumpkin puree for my recipes: I make huge and store it in small bags in my freezer. If you’ve never made homemade pumpkin puree I suggest to follow my easy to go recipe here, you don’t need oven and it’s quick and easy.
Homemade pumpkin puree is usually a bit watery, but in this recipe you need thick and dry pumpkin puree.
For this reason I cook my pumpkin puree over low heat for some minutes stirring very often, to get a thick and dense puree.
Even if you’re using canned pumpkin puree, please check the consistency and cook it if it is too soft and creamy.
Just because your pumpkin puree could be a bit less-more watery than mine, it’s possibile you need a bit more-less flour to form your cookie dough.
The consistency of your Pumpkin Cookie Dough is perfect when very soft but not too sticky! You should be form into balls without dirty your hands too much.
But pay attention to not use too much flour or your cookies will turn out cakey and not soft.
To form your cookies, it’s pretty important to freezer well the Cheesecake filling. Thanks to this step, the filling won’t dry while baking and it will be more easy to form your cookie balls without making a mess 😛