Black Forrest Cheesecake Cookies are creamy, rich, and festive! Brighten up your holiday cookie trays with a batch!
Can you even handle the glorious gorgeous-ness of these cookies? The black, white and red is so pretty and festive! And hello, cheesecake in cookie form. I’m not mad.
I am currently in the midst of a meltdown, as we returned from family vacation to find our home overrun with mice. I am fifteen trillion percent not okay with this to the point that I’m considering grabbing my family, my giant Rubbermaid bins full of make- up, and running away as I throw a grenade at my home. Except I don’t know where to buy grenades and also insurance fraud is illegal.
People, these are not good mice. We aren’t talking tiny halter t-shirts and adorable singing. My world has basically been turned upside down. You want to focus on something other than the election, come back from vacation and find mice hosting a frat party in your living room. Your friends are all on Facebook talking about Trump while you’re busy Googling “HOW TO EMPTY A MOUSE TRAP WITHOUT TOUCHING OR LOOKING AT IT.”
I keep thinking I should be able to debate my way out of this mouse infestation. “Listen,” I tell my husband firmly while looking him in the eye. “This is completely unacceptable. We live in a nice, clean home. We’ve never had this issue before. And I cannot be expected to live among rodents. There has to be a solution here, and I expect you to help me work towards it.” And then he laughs and laughs and goes to the dollar store for more traps and grabs himself a candy bar while he’s there because apparently, mice don’t make him lose his will to live and his appetite and every happiness he’s ever known.
These are dark times, people. The only light at the end of this tunnel is cheesecake cookies, fourteen shots of whiskey, and the knowledge that we are less than two months away from a new season of The Bachelor.
These Black Forrest Cheesecake Cookies are pretty fabulous for the holidays. They are so bright and pretty, and everyone loves cheesecake! Except for people who hate cheesecake. Sorry.
- 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 (8 oz) packages of cream cheese, softened
- 2 1/2 sticks butter (20 tablespoons), softened
- 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 dozen Oreo cookies, crushed into crumbs
- 1 large can cherry pie filling
- In a medium sized bowl, combine flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer, beat cream cheese, butter and sugar on medium-high for 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix until just combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and slowly add flour mixture. Divide dough in half, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, then coat completely in Oreo crumbs. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Using a rounded spoon, create an indentation in the center of each cookie and place 3 cherries in the center.
- Bake until cookies are cracked and set, about 13 minutes.
- Cool on sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer cookies to a cooling rack to cool completely.
**adapted from America's Test Kitchen
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