Normally, the only cookies that hit my oven are the pre-cut sugar cookies from Pilsbury with holiday images, or chocolate chip (of which I have been told by Nate's co-workers that they are "amaze-balls") this was an experiment that did not have the intended result, however, had a delicious one.
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I saw Sandra Lee make some cheesecake cookies and thought "umm, nothing wrong with any of those words" and wanted to make them for myself. Even as I looked at her recipe and the comments for home cooks who had tried her recipe, I knew it wasn't going to be as pretty as her batch on TV.
The graham cracker dough was very crumbly and the cheesecake mix, while delicious, set up more like a yellow, lemony custard, than a classic cheesecake filling. Neither of these things were bad, only different. If I wanted to sell these as cheesecake cookies, you'd be disappointed.
This recipe is adapted from Sandra Lee, these measurements are mine and the photos and comments reflect my adaptations.
* 1 sleeve graham crackers, crushed
* 1 c flour
* 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
* 1 stick butter, softened to room temperature
* 1/2 c packed brown sugar
* 1 whole egg
* 2 Tbsp water
* 1 egg yolk
* 1/4 sugar
* 3 oz cream cheese, softened
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* zest from 1 lemon
Whisk together the crumbs, flour and baking powder.
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar. Add in the egg until well mixed.
Fold together the wet and dry ingredients, adding in a Tbsp of water or two so that the dough holds it's shape.
In a 3rd bowl, mix together the custard filling: egg yolk, sugar, cream cheese, vanilla extract and lemon zest.
Using a small ice cream/cookie dough scoop, turn out 12 cookie balls onto parchment.
Using a tablespoon, press a well into each cookie ball. Using water or flour will help the spoon from sticking.
Using a teaspoon, spoon the custard mix into the well of each cookie. You can be generous, but don't overflow the well.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minute until the cookie is golden and the filling is set.
Let cool before transferring to a cooling rack.
(In my opinion) Cool completely before serving. Warm cookies have their place, this is not one of them.
Lemon. Custard. Cookie. Nothing wrong with that.