Cheesecake Cookies, a preview recipe from Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy!

Super quick gluten-free 5-ingredient Cheesecake Cookies, a preview recipe from my new cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy! more »

One of my favorite chapters in my new cookbook, Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy: 100 Recipes For the Food You Love—Fast!, is Chapter 8. Granted, this recipe for Cheesecake Cookies isn’t in that chapter, but stay with me, okay? Chapter 8 is full of recipe after recipe for Make-Your-Own Baking Mixes: cakes, pancakes and waffles, scones, muffins, all manner of cookies, you name it. The Shoestring Savings, when you make-your-own mix, instead of buying it? 66%, on average. Crazy, right? Mix it up, then stash it in your pantry. Got a hankering for some cookies? Boom. 15 minutes away. Need a dozen cupcakes for a last-minute classroom birthday party? Done in less than 20 minutes flat. You get the idea. So it is with this in mind that I introduce you to my most favorite cookie in the entire world. I am a cookies-over-cake sort of person. Except when it comes to my first love which has “cake” in the name but isn’t really cake after all, now is it? Cheescake Cookies are the best of it all. The crème de la crème. (I copied and pasted that from a google search – fancy, right?)

So anyway you don’t have to make these cookies with my Make-Your-Own Vanilla Cake Mix from page 193. You can use a box. No biggie! The important thing here is that these are Easy. Well, okay, and Quick. Quick & Easy. Get it? Check it out below:

That’s really it. I almost could have filmed myself making these, & showed it to you in realtime without your getting bored & hopping over to Facebook or something while the video played out.

Cheesecake Cookies have all the gorgeous decadence of cheesecake, pillow-soft, smooth and rich, with the ease of a quick & easy recipe and the portability & toothsomeness of a cookie. And they are, seriously, ready to eat in 15 minutes flat. I have been known to kid around a bit, but I would never ever so much as stretch the truth about cheesecake. Some things (indeed, very few things) just aren’t ever funny.

Prep time: 7 minutes       Cook time: 8 minutes       Yield: 2 dozen cookies

1 (16-ounce) box gluten-free yellow cake mix, or 1 recipe Make-Your-Own Vanilla Cake Mix (page 193 of Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick & Easy)

8 ounces mascarpone cheese or cream cheese, at room temperature

4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 extra-large eggs (120 g) at room temperature, beaten*

*Note: For a thinner, less cakelike cookie, use only one egg.

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper and set it aside.

  • In a large bowl, place the cake mix, and whisk to break up any lumps. Add the mascarpone or cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and eggs, mixing well after each addition. The dough will be thick.

  • Drop the dough by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared baking sheet, 1 inch apart. Bake the cookies in the center of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, or until they are just beginning to brown on the underside and the edges. Allow to cool until set on the baking sheet. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

  • From the book Gluten-Free on a Shoestring Quick and Easy: 100 Recipes For the Food You Love—Fast! by Nicole Hunn. Excerpted by arrangement with Da Capo Lifelong, a member of the Perseus Books Group.  Copyright (c) 2012.



P.S. If you haven’t yet, please pick up a copy of BOTH of My Cookbooks! You’ll find the recipe for these cookies on page 153 of the new book, along with a whole chapter on Make-Your-Own Mixes, more ways to use those mixes, plus all your old favorites, made Gluten-Free Quick & Easy!

  • Elyse Dunstan

    Yup, I’m totally going to be trying these. Cheesecake is my favorite food in the entire world, and cookies are much better than cake. Yum. I can’t wait!

  • Twodaisiesbakery

    these look so delicious, can’t wait to try them!

  • Moon9

    Hi stranger how are you and the family doing and are you already for Christmas??? How is your son feeling I have been sick and am waiting to get into see My Neuro Surgent….

    Love your,
    Friend Michelle xxxxx

  • Suzanne M Morris

    Sorry for the dumb question… but when you list extra large eggs and give the measurement in  grams also (btw I LOVE that you do this) 120 gram… is that 120 gram with the shell on?  Or just the egg itself, no shell.

    • gfshoestring

      Not dumb at all, Suzanne! No shell. Just the beaten eggs in the measurement. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Thodges1970

    I have been making Cheesecake cookies every CHRISTmas for the last 5 or so years. Kids have requested that I don’t try something new unless I still make these.

  • Teri Herzog

    Nicole thanks very much. I love this one can’t wait to make. I just recently bought on amazon,I was thrilled
     I received the within a week. I wished I had seen all this sooner, mt new experience of Gluten eating could have have much simpler.
    Thanks, Teri

  • Janet Slater

    These are in the oven now.  Smelling yummy!

  • kdf116

    I love cheesecake so I can’t wait to see how these taste! I’m sure they taste great!

  • kdf116

    These look so easy! Can’t wait to try it! 

  • Anneke

    I made these yesterday for a cookie exchange.  They are 1) easy, 2) quick, and 3) delicious.  Mission accomplished!!

    • gfshoestring

      I know, right, Anneke?! Since I’ve never in my life been invited to a cookie exchange (wrong part of the country?), without you, my friend, I’d never be able to represent. ;)
      xoxo xoxo Nicole

  • Toni

    Absolutely delicious cookies and so easy to make.  I recently purchase your cookbook Gluten Free Shoestring Quick and Easy, a great book.

  • Davina Spafford Stuart

    ooh.. so gonna make these.. will have to check to see if i have a cake mix in the pantry or not.. we’re all just getting over a nasty stomach bug, so we’re behind in the whole holiday baking thing… but, i think these are totally getting added to the list.. 

  • AllieBoBallie

    These were great! Quick and easy and tasty! But the recipe made a solid 3 dozen cookies for me. Perhaps my scoops were too small. Dunno. 

  • Lsandste

    Every year the teachers make cookie trays for the support staff. Last year was my first year GF and I had a miserable time baking anything. I am so excited this year because I have a year of baking successes (and disatasters, lol) under my belt. I was going to make a variety of cookies. My son saw this recipe and has decided that we should make three batches… one and a half for the cookie trays and one and a half for him. He loves cheesecake and thinks these look divine! :-)

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