If you find yourself looking for something a little different in the cookie world, look no further than these cookies. Thumbprint cookies certainly aren’t anything new, but the addition of a cheesecake filling is worth some excitement.
The cookies themselves are very simple in flavor. They are made with just a few ingredients. Their simplicity combines magically with the richness of the cheesecake filling for a wonderfully delicious dessert.
There’s not a lot of obvious flavor happening in the cookie dough. I contemplated adding a bit more sugar or augmenting in some other way. Instead, I decided to roll some of them in cinnamon-sugar for a Snickerdoodle-like variation. Then, I could compare the two and decide which works better.
Honestly? I can’t pick. I love them both! The original version is not overtly sweet, but the cookies are just lovely. To me, the simple cookie serves as almost the crust to the cheesecake. If you’re a big cheesecake fan, you’ll enjoy that the focus is decidedly on the cheesecake filling.
With the cinnamon-sugar version, you get more flavor and sweetness in a quick and easy way. You can use a commercially available cinnamon-sugar, but it’s also very easy to make your own. The most common proportions are 1 tablespoon of cinnamon per 1/4 cup sugar. One of the perks of making your own is that you can adjust that to your taste.
These cookies are definitely a departure from standard cookie fare. And that’s a very good thing. Adding cream cheese is pretty much always a good idea in my book. That beautiful, delicious filling really elevates these thumbprint cookies into something quite special.