These cookies are the key to anyone’s heart if there ever was one.
And since my locksmith says it’s the best master key he’s ever come across, we’ll just say it’s professionally approved. Or maybe it’s really just chocolate-lover approved.
Okay, so this works best on people who are into chocolate. But that’s practically a given. I mean who doesn’t love chocolate? And that’s all you need to get one foot in the door.
Now I think this is fantastic for snagging that special someone – or at least catching their attention! Yeah, you know guys and girls who can bake are the cat’s meow. I said it.
But you can definitely apply this key to (as I said) anyone’s heart.
Friend in need of some TLC; boss – whether extra cranky or super awesome; new neighbors; mailman; the Starbucks dude who saved your morning by finally making that drink RIGHT. I’m guessing you have some of these folks in your life.
I think you get the point. Can you imagine any of them NOT being ecstatic about Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake Cookies? I mean… even those with egg/dairy issues can fall in love with these.
Don’t share these with Spot, though. He’ll just have to settle for bacon or something. Poor Spot.
¾ c. whole wheat flour (ww pastry flour, if possible)
¼ tsp. baking powder
¼ tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
¼ c. unsalted butter or coconut oil, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 large egg, room temperature (or 1 T. flaxseed mixed with 2 T. water)
2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. cocoa powder (Dutch process if available)
1/3 c. strawberry puree (2 oz. strawberries)
Strawberry cheesecake filling:
1/3 c. (3 oz.) 1/3 less fat cream cheese, softened (vegan options are available at many stores now!)
¼ c. sugar
2 tsp. tapioca or regular flour
1 T. strawberry jam
2 drops red food coloring (optional, but very pretty!)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Combine dry ingredients, flour through salt, in a bowl with a whisk.
In a separate bowl or mixer, combine butter/oil through strawberry puree until well blended.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and gently combine until no more dry flour remains.
In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese with the sugar, flour, and jam. Add the 2 drops of red food coloring for beautiful pink cream cheese!
Mix half of the cream cheese mix into the chocolate cookie dough just enough to swirl it throughout the dough.
To make the round, basic cookie, spray 2-3 large cookie sheets sprayed with oil. Scoop out round, 1 ½” cookies and flatten gently with the back of a spoon. Swirl a spoonful of cream cheese mixture on top of each cookie.
Bake about 14-15 minutes, or until soft and (seemingly) slightly underdone.
To make the heart shaped cookies, just use silicone or metal cupcake pans/molds sprayed with oil. These can take a little longer, especially if you made them slightly bigger to fill the tin, about 15-20 minutes.
With either shape, allow to rest on the cookie sheet/cupcake molds about 2 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.
Share with people you like, and even those you don’t! Happy Valentine’s baking!