This cookie is the perfect combination of sweet and tangy -- a well-balanced party for your taste buds. The cookie base is all buttery sweetness, contrasting perfectly with the tang of cream cheese, and the zesty strawberry flavor.
15fresh strawberriesyou can substitute frozen strawberries if needed
Cream Cheese Filling
3/4cupregular cream cheese6 oz at room temperature
1cupunsalted butterat room temperature
2eggs at room temperature
2 3/4cupall purpose flour
For the Strawberry Glaze
Make the homemade strawberry jam
Place the strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries are soft enough to mash with a back of a spoon and a thick jammy substance forms. Cool to room temperature.
Make the cream cheese filling
In the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or in a large mixing bowl using a hand mixer, beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
Line a small baking sheet or plate with parchment paper and scoop 1 tsp (these are smaller than a standard small cookie scoop) sized balls of the cream cheese mixture onto the sheet.
Top each cream cheese ball with a dollop of of strawberry jam. Reserve remaining half cup strawberry jam to make glaze.
Place the jam and cheesecake filling balls in the freezer at least one hour until frozen solid.
Make the cookie dough
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
In the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and brown sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, and beat on medium speed to combine.
Add vanilla extract.
Sift the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt) into the wet ingredients. Stir on low speed until flour mixture is fully combined.
Use a medium (1 1/2 tablespoon cookie scoop) to scoop out balls of cookie batter for each cookie onto prepared baking sheet. Flatten each cookie dough ball slightly and then place the frozen ball of strawberry jam and cream cheese filling in the middle. Use your fingers to push the cookie dough to fully surround the frozen balls of filling. You may find it easier to do this in the palms of your hands. Or, if you have hot hands like we do (no joke) you may find that it melts your cookie dough. Proceed at your own risk. Place each cookie dough ball on the baking sheet, spaced two inches apart as they will expand. Place cookies in the fridge to chill while you preheat the oven.
Heat oven to 350 F.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-13 minutes until the tops and edges of the cookies are golden brown. Let cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes. Remove to wire rack to fully cool.
In the meantime, make the strawberry glaze.
Make the strawberry glaze.
Whisk together 1/2 cup strawberry jam with 1/4 cup powdered sugar.
Use a spoon to drizzle glaze, or place glaze in a ziploc bag and and snip off the end. Drizzle glaze over the top of the cookies. Glaze will not harden, so prepare yourself for some sticky fingers!
Cookies keep well in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.