Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

These Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups are fresh, fruity and totally perfect for spring! Easter dessert maybe?

The combination of moist and chewy sugar cookie, smooth no-bake cheesecake and fresh fruit is such a wonderful mix of taste and texture. I want them all to myself! :)

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups
Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

I recently got the chance to try a bag of Zulka Morena Pure Cane Sugar. It’s a non-GMO verified and vegan morena sugar. A morena sugar is one that doesn’t undergo conventional refining processes, which remove the complexity and flavor in raw sugar cane after it’s been processed.

Zulka’s sugar has a more natural, slightly brown color to it. The granules are also bigger than regular granulated sugar, but it’s completely interchangeable with regular sugar -> 1 cup regular sugar = 1 cup Zulka sugar. And it packs a big, sugary flavor punch! Yum!

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups
Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

Actually, talking about natural sugar reminds me of stories the hubs has told before of growing up in South Africa. Have I ever mentioned that before? Yea, the hubs is originally from South Africa. His family moved to the U.S. when he was 9 or 10.

Anywho, he has told me stories before of snacking on pure sugar cane straight from a field. Talk about natural! No wonder the guy doesn’t have as much of a sweet tooth as me now – he got all sugared out as a kid!

So basically, I feel a little more like I’m serving him raw sugar with Zulka. Awesome! :)

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

So given that I was trying out some new sugar, a sugar cookie made perfect sense. And I’ve been loving my recent cookie cups so much, I figured why not make another one that’s perfect for spring?! I am loving all the fresh fruit!

And a cookie cup with fruit obviously needs a filling of some sort.

Since I’m such a cheesecake fan, and I LOVED the cheesecake filling in my Mini Strawberry Cheesecake Cookie Cups, I knew it’d be perfect in these as well.

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

I was so right. These tasted even better in person than in my mind. I love when that happens!

And they really are easy to put together. The cups themselves are nice and quick and made with my favorite cookie dough base. The cheesecake filling is no bake – you just have to mix together three ingredients. And then you top with fresh cut fruit. So little work with such a great reward! And aren’t they just so pretty?!

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups
Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

So get to baking! These Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups are just what you’ve been craving! ;)

And don’t forget to grab your Zulka sugar – it’s delish!

Fruit Cheesecake Sugar Cookie Cups

Yield: about 16 cookie cups

Ingredients

Cookie Cups
3/4 cups butter
1 cup Zulka sugar
1 egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch

Cheesecake Filling and Topping
12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
assortment of chopped fresh fruit

Instructions

1. Coat cupcake pan with non stick cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar together for 5-7 minutes, until light and fluffy.
3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until well combined.
4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
5. Makes balls of about 2 tbsp of dough. Press cookie dough in bottom and about 1/3-1/2 way up the sides of each cupcake cup, forming a cup shape.
6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. If the centers aren't cupped enough to add filling, use the end of a wooden spoon or the bottom of a tablespoon to press the center down a bit.
8. Once cookie have cooled, make the cheesecake filling. Blend the cream cheese, vanilla and powdered sugar together until smooth.
9. Pipe or scoop cheesecake filling into cookie cups.
10. Top with assorted fresh fruit.
11. Store in refrigerator.
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Enjoy!

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Blueberry Pie Parfaits by Beyond Frosting
Rainbow Fruit Pizza by Wine and Glue

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Comments

  1. Is this sugar a cup for cup ratio if I were to use regular white sugar? Thanks for the recipe. These look really delicious!

  2. How do you get the cookie cups so perfectly formed?

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      I made a ball of dough and pressed it into the bottom and up the sides of the cupcake tin. I made sure the sides were fairly even before baking. Then when they came out, I used the underside of a tablespoon (like the official measuring spoon, not a spoon I eat food with) to make the hole a little more pronounced.

  3. These are gorgeous! The fruit in them makes them totally acceptable for breakfast, right?
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  4. This is such a brilliant and beautiful idea!! I super love these!!!
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  5. These looks absolutely delicious! I’ve made mini cheesecakes before, but never with a sugar cookie crust, so I’m eager to try this!
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  6. Absolutely wonderful idea. Can’t wait to try this out. Pinned
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  7. These look delicious!
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  8. Lindsay, these are so cute and perfect for spring/summer! YUM, pinned! :)
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  9. These are gorgeous!! I love this idea (so much that I have a similar one, but different enough, coming up, ha!) #greatminds Your photos are stunning!
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  10. These cups look very very cute!
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  11. Fantastic! I love fruit pizza but these small ones are so much easier!
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  12. these are so cute!! and totally like something i have dreamt of but never actually created. LOVE them. may have to do something like this for Easter this year!
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  13. These look delicious! What an amazingly photogenic dessert – I love all the colors!!
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  14. These darling fruit cups look so fresh and beautiful, Lindsay! Just perfect for a spring or summer garden party :)

  15. These are so bright and pretty! Perfect for the warmer weather :)
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  16. Oh my!!! These look so easy and so very tasty. I will be making these a lot, especially during the summer!!
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  17. These look so yummy!
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  18. This looks like such an amazing idea, all I have been thinking about is how good sugar cookies and cheesecake would be together!!
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  19. This looks soo yummy! I would love it if you joined and contribute your awesome posts at my link party at City of Creative Dreams on Fridays :D Hope to see you there at City of Creative Dreams Link Party

  20. These look insanely delicious! I can’t wait to make these with all the fresh fruit this season!
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  21. Did you make these in a mini or regular sized muffin pan?

  22. Hi – These look amazing and I can’t wait to make them@!! Just wondering – did you use a mini muffin pan or a regular size cupcake pan to make these?

  23. These cookie cups look beautiful! And they’re fairly simple and have fruit too. :) I’d love if you stopped by and shared with us on Five Friday Finds! :)
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  24. I doubled this recipe last weekend for a wedding shower and every single one of them went. These are so delicious, I love the sugar cookie bottom. I have a party tonight and my Husband asked me to make these again because he didn’t have enough last weekend. The are amazing, thank you for sharing such an awesome recipe!!

  25. These look delicious and perfect for Easter family lunch! Thanks so much for sharing! Pinning now!
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  26. So many gorgeous things happening in one post… I’ve pinned them all! Your cheesecake cookie cups will be making an appearance for Easter this weekend…thanks for sharing :)
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    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Thank you for all the pins Jennifer! You’ll LOVE these cookie cups for Easter! I’m thinking of making them again even though it’s only been about a week since I had them last – so good! :)

  27. These cheesecake cups are DYNAMITE! Thank you so much for sharing!
    But I gotta ask, any chance you have the nutritional info?

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed them! I don’t have the nutritional information, but I know there are sites that will calculate it for you.

  28. They look great!!!!=)

  29. These look like a great alternative to sugar cookie fruit-topped pizza! I thought at first they were in mini muffin cups, but then I wondered if it’s really regular muffin cups?

    Maybe I could make mini with less dough and placing one raspberry in each? I wish I knew how to make it a lemon/raspberry flavor too. Will need to experiment. Thanks again for this!

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Kayla! Definitely an alternative to the pizza. They are made in regular muffin tins, but you could make them mini and use raspberries. I made some lemon raspberry cookie sandwiches the other day – you could use some elements from those to make these lemon raspberry.

  30. Sue Manner says:

    Making these for Memorial Day. Would love to make the night before. Has anyone done that? Could I just make the cookie part? Afraid they will get soggy if I fill them ahead. Would love to do them completely the day before.

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      They won’t get soggy overnight. You can definitely do them the night before. If anything you could wait to add the fruit – cut fruit can start to look old after too long.

  31. what about freezing? do the cookie cups themselves freeze easily after baking?

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      I have never tried it, but I’d think they’d be fine as long as they are wrapped up well.

  32. Elizabeth says:

    These are great! I made them for a project for school. Delicious!

  33. Marissa W. says:

    Hi Lindsay,
    Will the sugar cookie stay soft and moist when they ready to be served or will it become hard and crisp after they bake?

    Thank you.

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      They will stay soft. If you refrigerate them, just make sure to let them come closer to room temperature before serving. If they’re cold, they’ll be firmer.

  34. I have always wanted to make sugar cookie cups! These look so yum!
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  35. Can you put these together (minus the fruit topping) and refrigerate overnight, or will the crust get soggy?

    • lifeloveandsugar@gmail.com says:

      I’m sorry I didn’t get to your question sooner Andrea! I’m glad they worked out!

  36. This was amazing! One of my favorite dessert recipes I’ve made yet. Also, it has a beautiful presentation. I chose to pipe my filling and also use a little extra cream cheese.

  37. Mary Ann says:

    i will definitely make these for my niece’s quince…..

  38. I’m making this right now. I love your recipes. You’ve become my go to for sweets. Thanks!

  39. hi how are you . i have one question if i dont have Zulka sugar what con i use

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