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Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies

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These pumpkin cookies are stuffed with a cheesecake layer and studded with white chocolate chips. They are soft yet chewy. These pumpkin cheesecake cookies will become your favorite pumpkin cookie.

Ingredients

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Pumpkin cookies

  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/31/2 cup white chocolate chips

Cream cheese filling

  • 4 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl combine softened cream cheese, granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. Then place in refrigerator.
  2. In a small bowl whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, ground cinnamon, baking soda and a pinch of salt. Then set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl melt the butter. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar. Whisk until combined.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and whisk until combined.
  5. Add the flour mixture and whisk until flour is just incorporated.
  6. Stir in 1/3 cup white chocolate chips. Place the pumpkin cookie dough into the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes to firm up. Or until cookie dough is easy to handle.
  7. While the dough is chilling, take the cream cheese filling out of the refrigerator. Line a plate, baking sheet or cutting board with parchment paper. Drop about 1/2 teaspoon of cream cheese filling onto parchment paper. Place in the freezer.
  8. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Take about 1 tablespoon of cookie dough and flatten. Place the cheesecake filling into the center of the pumpkin cookie dough. Spread the pumpkin cookie dough over the cheesecake filling to seal. Lightly roll into a ball and place on baking sheet. Add additional white chocolate chips on top, if desired.
  10. Bake for 11-14 minutes or until cookie dough is slightly puffed and no longer shiny. The bottoms of the cookie should be golden brown.

Notes

  • Don’t skip chilling and freezing the cheesecake filling. I found the chilling the cheesecake filling before forming them into balls makes it easier to handle the cheesecake filling. Freezing the cheesecake balls also makes it easier to seal the pumpkin cookie dough over the cheesecake. If you don’t freeze the cheesecake balls you may end up with cheesecake all over the cookie dough. Freezing for even 5 minutes will help!
  • Chill the dough for at least 15 minutes. Chilling the dough helps the butter slightly firm up making the dough easier to handle. Otherwise, the dough is sticky and a little soft.
  • Add more flour IF needed. The pumpkin cookie dough will be a little wet. If the pumpkin cookie dough looks very greasy and wet, add up to 2 tablespoons of flour. The dough should firm up after it has had time to chill. ( I found that different pumpkin puree can be more wet than others. So it depends on what brand you use.)
  • If you’re not sure if the cookies are done baking, check the bottom of the cookie. The bottom of the cookie should be light golden brown. 

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