Cherry Cheesecake Cookies


1 1/4 cups finely crushed graham crackers

1 cup flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg white

3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup sugar

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine graham crackers, flour, and baking powder in a large bowl. Set aside

Beat butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl with a hand mixer until fluffy. Beat in egg white and combine with graham cracker mixture. Set aside

Beat cream cheese, sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla in a separate medium bowl. Set aside

Drop graham cracker dough by about 2 tablespoonfuls on an ungreased baking sheet. Press each slightly with the back of a spoon, creating a small well in the center of each. Spoon the cream cheese mixture into the well of each cookie, being careful not to overflow.

Bake 12 minutes or until filling is just set. Allow to cool before serving.