Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies

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.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies combine sweet dried strawberries with soft cookies made with cream cheese. - Bake or Break

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.

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: about 48 cookies

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cookies


  • 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.

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  1. Amber February 5, 2014 Reply

    Amazing. Do you think using strawberry cream cheese would be overkill?

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry February 5, 2014 Reply

      As long as it’s not a whipped cream cheese, I think it will be great and super strawberry-y!

  2. cheri February 5, 2014 Reply

    These look amazing!

  3. Lacey February 5, 2014 Reply

    This recipe looks print-worthy, not just pin-worthy! I’ve seen dried strawberries and they always look good but I have figured I would get tired of ’em quick, so this recipe to use them up sounds perfect!

    My 11 year old daughter and husband made the cream cheese chocolate chip cookies last week, while I was feeling sick (woman problems sick, not flu sick so I still ate a ton of the cookies!) and they were awesome! I loved the chewiness and slightly different flavor from the cream cheese. I keep thinking how good they are and want to make another batch!

    I am sure we will enjoy these, as well. :)

  4. vanillasugarblog February 5, 2014 Reply

    I made these this summer, I used real strawberries from Driscoll’s and they were so good!
    I have to try it with dried strawberries.

  5. Lily (A Rhubarb Rhapsody) February 6, 2014 Reply

    These look like they’d just melt in the mouth. Yum! Now to track down dried strawberries.

  6. Ashley - Baker by Nature February 6, 2014 Reply

    I LOVE cream cheese cookies! These look so fresh and delicious!

  7. Joanne February 7, 2014 Reply

    These are V-Day worthy enough for me! Love the dried strawberry chunks! Such a fun fruity inclusion.

  8. Beth February 7, 2014 Reply

    I’d love to try these with dried cherries (of which I’m a huge fan). Great Valentine’s Day idea!

  9. What a great recipe! I get excited about cream cheese in cookie dough. Thank you for sharing this recipe. : )

  10. These sound and look absolutely divine!

  11. I love these – perfect for so many seasons and holidays.

  12. Carla February 9, 2014 Reply

    What, no heart sprinkles or shaping these into hearts? 😉 I love how you can make this all year round and not have to wait for fresh strawberry season.

  13. These cookies would make a beautiful Valentine’s Day gift, but would also be great to have around the house for any time. Love them!

  14. Linda February 22, 2014 Reply

    Jennifer, did you have a problem finding dried strawberries? I can find freeze-dried berries but not dried. I know Trader Joe’s used to carry a dried strawberry but didn’t see that or at Whole Foods today. Just curious where you found yours. Thanks!


    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry February 23, 2014 Reply

      Hi, Linda. I got mine from It’s one of my favorite places to buy nuts, dried fruits, etc.

      • Linda February 26, 2014 Reply

        Thanks, Jennifer. I’ve found them at TJs before but not this time around. I appreciate your help!

      • Linda January 5, 2015 Reply

        Jennifer, I found dried strawberries at Costco. Just an FYI for those looking for dried strawberries.

  15. Julie borawski June 27, 2014 Reply

    I used jar cherries and some chopped walnuts,talk about heaven? These are a winner.

  16. Kendall Stark March 13, 2015 Reply

    Just had a little piece of these lovelies, and they are to die for!!! I made them in bar form, just like I did with your cream cheese chocolate chip cookies, and also used fresh strawberries. I had quite a few left over in the fridge and didn’t want them to go bad. Absolutely fabulous and delicious. I’m going to share them with my students this afternoon. Thanks, Jennifer!

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry March 13, 2015 Reply

      So happy you like them! The fresh strawberries sound great!

  17. Prithvi December 20, 2015 Reply

    How long do the dried strawberries stay fresh in the cookies and how to store them! The recipe looks like a must try!

    • Author
      Jennifer McHenry December 21, 2015 Reply

      The cookies will stay fresh for at least 3 days in an airtight container at room temperature.

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