A plate of Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Cups is like receiving a gift basket of delightful goodies! Filled with creamy cheesecake and topped with fresh berries, they hit the sweet spot every time. Not too sweet, they are one of the best mini cheesecake desserts there is!
What are the best desserts you've ever eaten? I bet some fabulous ones comes to mind. Give one of these sugar cookie cheesecake cups a try, and it could be one of them.
They are one of my absolute favorites. There's nothing quite like a dessert that has a hidden surprise in the middle. It's the hallmark of many good desserts.
A sugar cookie crust, filled with a soft, creamy filling and topped with fresh fruit, these mini bite-size cookie cheesecake cups are like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day.
And these sugar cookie cheesecakes are not overly sweet, making them the ideal dessert for the sweet lovers and not-so-sweet lovers in your life. Either way, you can't go wrong.
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Cups
Grandma's sugar cookies were out of this world. She's the reason I make sugar cookies to this day.
Gran would let my sister and I help her make them. Messing up her kitchen was a lot of fun. And she never seemed to mind.
What was even more fun was sitting down and enjoying her homemade sugar cookies.
My sister and I gobbled them down, and there was always a fight to see who got the last one. Gran would settle the score by splitting it in half and then proceeded to give us a lesson in fairness.
One of the many lessons of life she taught us. I didn't appreciate them at the time, but I sure do now.
To this day, I carry her sugar cookie recipe with me and always will.
If grandma had known about this recipe, her sugar cookie cheesecake cups would have been phenomenal! That's for sure.
Cheesecake Sugar Cookies
A nice light treat that's not overly sweet, these cheesecake sugar cookies satisfy a lot of taste buds. That's why they're so popular in my house. My son is a sweet lover through and through. My husband - not so much. Me? I'm in the middle.
Families are the first taste testers. When it comes to trying new things, they're the guinea pigs. Sometimes what we cook and bake work out. Sometimes they don't.
These cheesecake sugar cookies turn out great every time. My husband and son have never turned one of the cheesecake sugar cookies down. Ever! No one could fault them for that. What's not to love?
One of the nicest things about these mini cheesecake sugar cookies is that they're really quite simple to make. Great for holidays, parties, pot lucks and bake sales, or when you're in the mood for something slightly sweet, this is THE dessert!
When making cookie cups, the main thing to remember is that the cookies need to be baked all the way through. A very important point to remember.
Because no one wants a raw cookie bottom. Too mushy, right?
How to tell if your sugar cookies are done baking
Knowing when sugar cookies are perfectly baked can be a bit tricky sometimes. The easiest way to know is to watch them, smell them, and pay attention to the timer.
Since the filling is added after they're baked, you should be able to keep a close eye on them to see when they're done.
Mini Cheesecake Bites
Here are the ingredients needed to make perfect mini cheesecake bites:
- Vanilla Extract
- Baking soda
- Cream cheese
These are the key ingredients that will make a fine sugar cookie crust and a creamy cheesecake filling. Scroll down to the bottom of this post to get the exact measurements and directions.
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Toppings
Topping Ideas for Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
There's a variety of sugar cookie cheesecake toppings to choose from. Deciding on one may be the hardest part. Personally, I'm a huge fan of berries. Not only are they healthy, they're colorful and flavorful.
But you don't have to go there if you're not a fan. Here are some other fabulous toppings to consider:
- Chocolate chips (semi-sweet, milk chocolate, butterscotch, etc.)
- Whipped cream
- Almonds, slivered
- Crushed pecans/walnuts/pecans
- Hot fudge/caramel
- Shredded Coconut
Sprinkles are fun and will add color to these sugar cookie cheesecakes. The kids will get a kick out of it!
Top each one of these cheesecake bites with a different topping and the compliments will fly! Variety is the key here.
Not long ago, I served them that way at a party I was hosting and they were gone in minutes! Of course, Enzo and Renate, my taste-tester friends, were there. They already knew what these cheesecake bites tasted like. Out of politeness they had just one, but I could see they wanted more. These cheesecake bites are hard to resist.
Tips for Making Fruit Cheesecake Bites
Since I've been making fruit cheesecake bites for years, I've learned a thing or two.
Be sure and cool the sugar cookie crust completely before adding the filling. If you rush it, the cheesecake won't set properly and will become a runny mess.
Once they're done, put them in the fridge to chill. They need to be served cold and will also give them a bit of time to firm up.
Mini Cheesecake Dessert
Try this mini cheesecake dessert and stopping at one won't cut it. I've seen the temptation in action may times.
Can I freeze sugar cookie cups once baked?
You can, but here's the deal. Freeze just the cookies. Do not freeze them with the cheese cake filling. Make the cheese cake filling fresh once you're ready to fill them.
This way will ensure the best texture and taste possible.
Cookie Cheesecake Recipe
Vary up this Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Recipe
If you're wondering whether you can use another cookie instead of sugar, you absolutely can!
Even though I'm a huge fan of using sugar cookies in this cookie cheesecake recipe, feel free to use any type of cookie you desire.
Imagine what a chocolate chip cookie crust would taste like? What about Peanut butter cookie crusts? Just thinking about them makes my mouth water!
You're going to want to store these cheesecake bites in a way that keeps them fresh and delicious. That goes without saying, right?
Since you're putting a wet filling onto a dry cookie, the crust of these cookie bites tend to get a bit soggy after a few days. They're really isn't anything that you can do about that.
Put them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge. This will not only keep them cool and the filling to stay set, but will also help the cookie crust stay crispier for longer.
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Cups Video
I hope this recipe got you excited about making your own sugar cookie cheesecake cups. Let me know how they turn out. I'll let you have the last word.
In the meantime, check out these other cheesecake recipes. You won't be sorry.
More Cheesecake Recipes
- Easy Lemon Cheesecake Recipe
- Eggnog No Bake Cheesecake
- Lemon Bar Cheesecake
- Best Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheesecake
- Ultimate Easy Baked Homemade Cheesecake
As always, it's been a pleasure. See you soon!
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Cups
Sugar Cookie Cups
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 12 hole muffin pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- Pull out and measure all of the ingredients.
- Cream butter and sugar together until creamy. Beat in the egg and vanilla until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, add the flour, salt, baking soda, and cornstarch. Mix together.
- Beat the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until well combined.
- Dough will be very thick.
- Each ball should be about a ¼ cup of dough.
- In each muffin tin, press cookie dough in bottom and about half way up the sides, forming a cup shape.
- Bake for 20-22 minutes or until cups lightly brown.
- Remove from oven and let cool about 5 minutes. Then transfer to a cooling rack. If the centers have puffed up too much, then use the end of a wooden spoon, glass, or the bottom of a spoon to press the center down. Allow to cool completely before filling.
- Beat cream cheese until smooth, scraping down the sides, as necessary.
- Gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla until well-combined. Place filling in a large resealable bag. Cut a small piece of the corner off and pipe the filling into the cups. (You can also spoon it in.)
- Finish off with toppings of your choice.
- Cover and chill in the fridge until ready to serve. Enjoy every bite!