Pay close attention, my baking friends, because these cookies are the closest you’re likely to see to a red or pink Valentine’s Day dessert. All the usual fanfare is just not my thing. No heart-shaped desserts to be found around here.
Instead, I give you these lovely cream cheese cookies dotted with sweet strawberries.
I got the idea for these cookies a while back when I got a free sample of dried strawberries. Honestly, I’d never tried them, but it was love at first bite. Then, I thought about those Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies and knew that cookie dough would be a great way to feature sweet, slightly tart dried strawberries.
I was so right! These cakey cookies are just the right amount of sweet, with a little extra burst of sweet in the strawberries. I also added a generous sprinkling of sanding sugar to give them a little sparkle and an extra bit of sweetness.
If you can’t find dried strawberries, or just want some variety, try another dried fruit. Use cherries or cranberries to stick with the red theme, or go a different route with blueberries. Or, use a combination for a mixed berry version.
- 2 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 & 1/2 cups granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 & 1/2 cups chopped dried strawberries
- sanding sugar
Preheat oven to 350°. Grease or line baking pans.
Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in vanilla.
Gradually add flour mixture, mixing until almost combined. Add strawberries, stirring until dough is thoroughly mixed. Dough will be sticky.
Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Sprinkle each cookie with sanding sugar.*
Bake, one pan at a time, 12-15 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned. (These cookies will not brown like classic chocolate chip cookies.) Refrigerate dough between batches.
Cool cookies completely on pan on wire racks.
*I sprinkled each cookie generously with sanding sugar. If you're omitting that step, you may want to increase the sugar in the cookie dough by 3 to 4 tablespoons.
Recipe adapted from Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies.