Cheesecake Cookies (with Caramel)

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  • These gooey Cheesecake Cookies (with caramel) are everything you need in your life. It’s just like a caramel cheesecake in bite-size pieces! Keep reading for the must have Caramel Cheesecake Cookies Recipe.

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    Cheesecake Cookies

    For years I didn’t like cheesecake or at least didn’t think I did. I didn’t care for the taste of cream cheese. Little did I know what I was missing. Now I crave cheesecake morning, noon and night and wish I wasn’t so fond of it.

    There’s nothing like a creamy piece of cheesecake to end the day. But, if you prefer your cheesecake in bite-sized treats that aren’t so hard on the hips, these Cheesecake Cookies stuffed with caramel are for you.

    You can have your cheesecake and eat it, too! Welcome to day 3 of Fall Cookie Week with Inspired by Charm.

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    Cheesecake Cookies

    Where’s the Caramel Cheesecake Cookie Recipe???

    If you’re a baking connoisseur and don’t need all my cookie tips and tricks, essential baking info, and similar recipe ideas you can simply scroll to the bottom of the page where you can find the printable recipe card for these amazing caramel cheesecake cookies!

    Cheesecake Cookies Stuffed with Caramel:

    I love how light, yet thick these caramel Cheesecake Cookies are. They’re best served slightly warm to enjoy that gooey caramel center.

    This recipe is an adaptation of my salted caramel chocolate chip cookies – have you tried them yet? The rol0 in the center is always a sweet surprise, but it’s fall, so no chocolate here! We’re saving that for Christmas.

    How to Make Caramel Cheesecake Cookies

    I stuffed these cheesecake cookies with a piece of caramel, rolling them into a ball and placing them on the baking sheet.

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    You can use just a regular no-stick pan, however, I do recommend using a lined cookie sheet in case any oozes out! Another good trick is to use a silicone baking mat, they’re reusable and super easy to clean off after.

    Then bake for 12 minutes. Remove and gently press with a flat glass and return to the oven for 3 minutes.

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    Tips For Pressing Cookies

    Pressing cookies after they come out of the oven allows for perfectly shaped and even cookies. Here are some tips to make sure you don’t have a post-baking disaster on your hands.

    • Once you choose a glass, lightly grease the bottom with butter or shortening to keep it from sticking to the cookies.
    • Make sure to apply just a light amount of pressure, you don’t want to completely flatten the cookies.
    • Make a twisting motion while pressing down, another way to prevent sticking.

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    How To Freeze Cookies

    You can even freeze these Caramel Cheesecake Cookies! That’s one of my favorite thing about cookies, they are so easy to freeze and save for a rainy day. They’ll last in the freezer for up to three months if stored properly. Here are a few great tips for freezing cookies:

    You should first quick freeze the cooled cookies by placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Some they are chilled you can place them in a zip-top freezer bag, or place them in an airtight container, separating each cookie layer with a sheet of wax paper.

    When you want to remove them from the freezer and let them thaw, remove the cookies from the bag, or container you stored them in. If they thaw in what they were stored in, the condensation produced in the thawing process might make them soggy.

    No one wants a soggy cookie, so just take them out of the freezer and put them back on a baking sheet while the cookies get to room temperature and enjoy!

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    The Best Cheesecake Cookie You’ve Ever Had

    Turing down one of these caramel cheesecake cookies is simply impossible. You might even find yourself going back for seconds or maybe even thirds… you deserve it, right?

    These caramel cheesecake cookies are almost as good to look at as they are to eat, so don’t waste any time, get to baking!

    The Cheesecake Cookies Recipe Stuffed with Caramel:

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    Caramel Cheesecake Cookies

    These gooey caramel cheesecake cookies are everything you need in your life. It's just like caramel cheesecake in bite-size pieces!
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword christmas cookies, cookie, cookie exchange, easy dessert, fall
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 25 minutes
    Servings 24

    Ingredients

    • 8 oz cream cheese softened
    • 1/2 c butter softened
    • 1 1/2 c sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 2 c flour
    • 1/2 c graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 bag of caramels

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Combine cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla. Beat until fluffy.
    3. Gradually add flour and graham cracker crumbs.
    4. Roll a large ball of dough {I made them the size of 2 cookie scoops} and poke a hole to insert a caramel, and roll back into a ball.
    5. Bake on a lined cookie sheet for 12 minutes. Remove from oven, gently press with a glass Optional: add a crack of sea salt to the top
    6. Bake 3 additional minutes. Serve slightly warm {10 seconds in the microwave}

    Recipe Notes

    If you don't have premade graham cracker crumbs, you can use a food processor to make your own from regular graham crackers. 

     

    How to freeze cookies:

    You should first quick freeze the cooled cookies by placing them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  Once they are chilled you can place them in a zip-top freezer bag, or place them in an airtight container, separating each cookie layer with a sheet of wax paper.

    When you want to remove them from the freezer and let them thaw, remove the cookies from the bag, or container you stored them in. If they thaw in what they were stored in, the condensation produced in the thawing process might make them soggy.

    No one wants a soggy cookie, so just take them out of the freezer and put them back on a baking sheet while the cookies get to room temperature and enjoy! 

    Click here to see what Michael is baking up for you today and if you want to start from the beginning, you can find all of our Fall Cookie Week recipes here.

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