Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies

Okay, I have not been the best recipe blogger lately and I would like to thank Aunt Terry for keeping this going. I love it!! I just can't wait to see what she posts. I do have two recipe's that call for more cream cheese, and am I the only one who wants to know where all Aunt Terry's cream cheese is stored and what the heck other gems is she hiding with the cream cheese :) So, cream cheese recipe it is.

Cheesecake Thumbprints (Adapted from Martha Stewart's Baking Handbook)

For the cheesecake filling

4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons sour cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla

For the cookie dough

16 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg yolk
2 cups all-purpose flour

To prepare cheesecake filling

In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar and salt until smooth. Mix in egg yolk, sour cream and vanilla - cover and place into the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

To prepare the cookie dough

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter, sugar and salt until creamy and combined. Mix in egg yolk until incorporated. Gradually add flour and mix just until combined.

Scoop out level tablespoons worth of the dough and roll into balls. Place balls onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Using the handle end of a thick wooden spoon, lightly dipped in flour, make an indentation in the center of each ball.

Place into the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and carefully use your thumb (or the end of the same wooden spoon) to press the middle of the cookies back down, remaking the indentations. Place cookies back into the oven, rotating them from their original position, and continue to bake until slightly golden around the edges, about 7 minutes.

Remove cookies from the oven and fill the indentations with the cheesecake filling using a teaspoon. Place back into the oven and bake for 7 more minutes. Remove from the oven and transfer cookies to a wire rack to cook completely. When cool, place cookies into the refrigerator to chill before serving.

Makes about 30 cookies.

I think next time I make these I might roll them in sugar before I back them, and they are much better the next day cold straight from the fridge- who knew cold cookies tasted so good :)  (Jaci)

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