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.

Holiday Jewel Cookies – #FillTheCookieJar

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

This month I am reminded to hold my family tight, live each day like there is no tomorrow and relish and all the joy each day brings. The Christmas season to me is about Family, Love and Jesus.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

My focus lately has been solely on my family, pulling me away from my posts here. But in light of bringing joy, sharing my love of food is one thing on that list.

I made these cookies with holiday season in mind. A season of bright flavors and festive colors. A season of snowflakes and sugarplums. A season of diamonds and lemon drops. And of course to complete this month’s Fill the Cookie Jar, which is a monthly virtual cookie exchange shared with my friends and hosted by my friend Cynthia at Feeding Big.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

These cookies bring delight with each bite, bursting with lemon flavor, rich dark chocolate, sweetened flaked coconut and mixed berry preserves, topped with a delicate glaze of sweet milk. They are melt in your mouth delicious.

Holiday Jewel Cookies

These ingredients are the magic to the jewel of this cookie.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Light and fluffy cream cheese and butter are key to this bar cookie’s softness.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Licking the batter is just an added bonus to being my child. 😉

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

The swirls of berry preserves add the perfect holiday touch.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

You will want to gobble these up once the sweet milk is drizzled on top!

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

Don’t forget to leave some out for Santa on Christmas Eve.

Holiday Jewel Cookies | Famished Fish, Finicky Shark

And for more great cookie recipes, check out the recipes below!

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Holiday Jewel Cookies

Prep Time: 12 minutes

Cook Time: 18 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Number of servings: 32

Per Serving 146 calories

Fat 8 g

Carbs 18 g

Protein 1 g

32


Holiday Jewel Cookies

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup plus 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp pure lemon extract
  • 6 Tb mixed berry preserves
  • 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk

Instructions

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter in a stand mixer on medium speed, until it is very light and fluffy.
  2. Add the brown sugar and sugar and cream together until combined. Add the eggs and lemon extract and mix well.
  3. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and whisk together.
  4. Slowly add the dry mixture to the butter mixture until combined. Pour in the dark chocolate chips and sweetened flaked coconut. Mix well.
  5. Spread the mixture onto a 13 x 9″ baking pan edge to edge.
  6. Dallop with the berry preserves and swirl into cookie dough lightly to create a marble design.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes until browned around the edges and center is mostly set. Remove from oven. Drizzle with sweetened condensed milk and allow to cool completely.
  8. Cut into bars when completely cooled. Cut bars in half diagonally to create diamond shapes, if desired.