Key Lime Cheesecake Cookies

Keylime Cheesecake Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You can’t please them all right? My kids are always wanting something sweet. Getting them to agree on what they want is always a feat. Pie, muffins, cupcakes, cookies or ice cream-or even just sliced fruit.

Keylime Cheesecake Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This month for St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to create a new cookie that would please all of my kiddos. My finicky shark loves key lime pie. My oldest boy can eat cheesecake for days. My littlest fish likes lemon and cookies. Top them with sweet icing that is loved my littlest one and I’ve got a cookie loved by all-and even decorated for St. Patrick’s Day.

Keylime Cheesecake Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This cookie is lemony and chewy with a pool of key lime cheesecake in the center and a sweet green lime glaze.

Keylime Cheesecake Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Aren’t those pretty? I love the chewy cookie with the creamy cheesecake filling! And especially the finishing touch of sparkling “gold” yellow sugar crystals.

Keylime Cheesecake Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

It also has the extreme talent of performing disappearing acts.

Keylime Cheesecake Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Check out the recipe below. You may also be interested in last year’s St. Patrick’s Day cookies.

Key Lime Cheesecake Cookies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Number of servings: 36

Per Serving 139 calories

Fat 6 g

Carbs 20 g

Protein 2 g

36

Key Lime Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients

    For the Cookies

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 2 2/3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • For the Keylime Cheesecake Filling

  • 1 8 oz package lowfat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tb flour
  • zest of one lime
  • For Green Lime Glaze

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 drops green food color
  • juice of one lime
  • 1-2 Tb cold water
  • Optional: Yellow sugar sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine all the ingredients for the cheesecake filling and mix until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer, combine the egg and sugar and extracts and mix until fluffy. Add the shortening and mix until well combined.
  4. Whisk the flour, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl. Add the flour mixture to the shortening mixture a little at a time, until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop the cookie dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Using your thumb or back of a greased spoon, make thumbprints in the center of each cookie. Add a teaspoon of cheesecake filling to the center of each cookie.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Don't let the cookies brown. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
  7. To make the icing, in a small mixing bowl, combine the powdered sugar, food color, and lime juice and whisk with a fork until combined. Add enough cold water to thin to a drizzling consistency. Drizzle on the cookies with the fork in desired design. Top with sugar sprinkles if desired.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies – Fill the Cookie Jar

 Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

One of my all time favorite, most addicting cookies, are Russian Tea Cookies, or Mexican Wedding Cookies, or Snowballs, or whatever you might call them. I decided to dub these Leprechaun Tea Cookies, because these are traditional tea cookies, with the “luck of the Irish” mixed in.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This is another Fill the Cookie Jar post in which we share a new special cookie for the month. With St. Patrick’s Day rounding the corner, I had to make something green! Mint and chocolate chips were begging to be added to a new cookie and pistachios rounded out this tender cookie appeal.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These two flavors are so opposite, yet so compatible, it’s amazing I didn’t eat the entire batch! My kids are enjoying these as an after school snack this week. I will have to add these to my Christmas cookie list too!

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You see if you can’t stay away from these buttery, sugar coated gems. My finicky shark loves the powdered sugar coating and asked what the yummy frosting was on the outside. I just know I love licking my fingers when I eat these! Ha!

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 box 3.4 oz pistachio pudding mix
1/3 cup roasted, salted pistachios, finely chopped
1 cup mint and dark chocolate chips
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400F.
In a stand mixer, combine the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla and pudding mix. Beat until fluffy.
Add the flour, chopped pistachios and mint and dark chips.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Mix until completely combined and dough no longer sticks to sides of bowl.
Using a small cookie scoop, scoop 1 inch portions and squish into a ball. Roll to smooth.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Bake on baking sheet for 10 minutes.
Remove from oven and cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar by placing each cookie in a large bowl and swirling.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Wait 15 minutes and roll in powdered sugar again. Store in an airtight container at room temperature-for as long as these cookies can last in your house (okay one week.)

Leprechaun Tea Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This recipe makes 50 delectable cookies.

Leprechaun Tea Cookies

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Number of servings: 50

Per Serving 84 calories

Fat 4 g

Carbs 11 g

Protein 1 g

50

Leprechaun Tea Cookies

Weight Watchers PointsPlus®: 2

*Nutritional value may vary depending upon which ingredients are used.

*PointsPlus® calculated by Famished Fish and in no way endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 box 3.4 oz pistachio pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup roasted, salted pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mint and dark chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a stand mixer, combine the butter, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, vanilla and pudding mix. Beat until fluffy.
  3. Add the flour, chopped pistachios and mint and dark chips.
  4. Mix until completely combined and dough no longer sticks to sides of bowl.
  5. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop 1 inch portions and squish into a ball. Roll to smooth.
  6. Bake on baking sheet for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and cool slightly. Roll in powdered sugar by placing each cookie in a large bowl and swirling. Wait 15 minutes and roll in powdered sugar again.

Notes

Store in an airtight container at room temperature for one week. Makes 50 cookies.