Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups

These Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups are the perfect way to start off Christmas! A soft, chewy gingerbread cookie cup is filled with a brown sugar spiced no bake cheesecake. SO good!

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups topped with mini gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups topped with mini gingerbread cookies on a white cake stand

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups

So yesterday was our sweet Jessie’s 5th birthday. For those who don’t know, she’s a black lab. 🙂 To celebrate her birthday she got extra long walks, a big bone and a couple baked doggie treats. I figure the walks were needed to offset the treats. She wasn’t a huge fan of getting her picture taken before she could dig in to the treats, but she managed.

We got her when she was about 10 weeks, so it hasn’t quite been 5 years yet that we’ve had her. I wasn’t really a dog person before we had her, which is a shocker now considering I can’t imagine not having her. We sleep together, snuggle regularly and exchange kisses. She also might like food just as much as I do. 😉

She’s pretty much always hanging out in the kitchen with me while I’m baking. Usually drooling. Then when I take pictures, she’s hanging out there too, waiting for something to fall. I usually let her lick a plate. A while back, I made her some 2 ingredient frozen  peanut butter banana dog treats and now they’re in regular rotation.

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups topped with mini gingerbread cookies with a bite out of one
Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups topped with mini gingerbread cookies in front of a white cake stand with more cookie cups

These cookie cups are super fun for Christmas – and nice and easy to make. The cookie dough should be refrigerated for about 30 minutes after making to make it a little easier to work with. Once the cookie dough is ready, make balls of about 2 tablespoons in size, shape them into a ball, and then press into the bottom and up the sides of a cupcake pan. I press a little indent into the center of the cookie.

While the cookie bakes, the indent will fill in a bit but I’ll use the bottom side of a measuring tablespoon to lightly press the center back down. The cookie might look a little undercooked, but it will continue cooking and firm up while it cools. Allow the cookies to cool and firm for about 10 minutes before taking them out of the pan.

Once the cookies are cooled, mix together the ingredients for the no bake cheesecake. It’s flavored with brown sugar, cinnamon and some ginger and is such a great compliment to the gingerbread cookie.

The soft and chewy cookies with the creamy cheesecake are delicious together. Two of my favorite things in one. They might just be my new kryptonite. And their small size makes me feel like I can eat a few at a time. In fact, you might want to double the recipe if you plan on sharing. 🙂

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups topped with mini gingerbread cookies
Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups topped with mini gingerbread cookies on a white cake stand

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups - a soft and chewy gingerbread cookie cup filled with no bake gingerbread cheesecake! So cute and the perfect dessert for your Christmas party!

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Recipe

Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 14-16 Cookie Cups 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These Gingerbread Cheesecake Cookie Cups are the perfect way to start off Christmas! A soft, chewy gingerbread cookie cup is filled with a brown sugar spiced no bake cheesecake. SO good!


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Ingredients

COOKIE CUPS

  • 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp molasses
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp cornstarch

CHEESECAKE

  • 12 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger

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 molasses and beat until well combined.
4. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Refrigerate dough for about 30 minutes.
5. Make balls of about 2 tbsp of cookie dough. Press cookie dough into the bottom and about 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 10 minutes. Use the bottom side of a measuring tablespoon to press in the cups of the cookie if needed. Remove to cooling rack to finish cooling.
8. Once cookies have cooled, make the cheesecake filling. Blend the cream cheese, powdered sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and ginger together until smooth.
9. Pipe or scoop cheesecake filling into cookie cups.
10. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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26 Comments
      1. KJ

        I want to make these for my kids but they don’t like cream cheese. Do you have any recommendations or recipes for a different filling? Thank you in advance! 🙂

  1. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

    Oh my goodness these are just painfully cute! I seriously love the holidays just because I get to bake and eat so many cute foods! Not that I enjoy ripping apart cute things…

  2. Kelly

    Aaw happy happy birthday to Jessie! These cookie cups are the cutest! I adore gingerbread cookies and the little gingerbread man topper is adorable 🙂

  3. Erin R.

    The dudes on top are a scream! I wouldn’t mind being stuffed up to my waist in that luscious cheesecake filling…

  4. Mir

    Those little gingerbread cuties on top are just ridiculously precious. The look so happy standing on top of all that happy cheesecake! What a fantastic way to start the holiday dessert cookie season!

  5. Kristina

    OMG these are sooo adorable and that filling sounds delicious, I would eat probably lick the bowl after I’m done making them.

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