Cream Cheese Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Cookies

Yes, the dough in these cookies are made with cream cheese. They are easy to make, and yet when you leave them out, they will disappear in no time!

Skill level: Easy
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Cream Cheese Cookies
Yields 70
Velvet Edition: “Vintage” Recipe
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1 cup butter (room temperature)
  3. 1 cup vegetable oil
  4. 1 cup sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon mahleb (see note #1 below)
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 8 ounce cream cheese (room temperature)
  8. 6 cups flour
Egg Wash
  1. 1 egg
  2. 1 teaspoon water
  1. Using a mixer, beat the sugar and the 2 eggs until creamy and well combined.
  2. Add the vegetable oil and sugar and continue to beat for a few more minutes.
  3. Add the baking powder, cream cheese, and 2 cups of flour. Continue to beat for a few more minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 3 cups of flour and knead by hand. The dough needs to be soft but not sticky. If you find that it is still sticking to the bowl, gradually add more flour as needed.
  5. Grab a handful of the dough and roll out into a 3 1/2 to 4 inch rope.
  6. Shape rope into a ring shape and arrange on a cookie sheet that’s lined with parchment paper.
  7. For the egg wash: In a small bowl beat one egg with a teaspoon of water.
  8. Using a pastry brush, brush each cookie with the egg wash.
  9. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for about 30 minutes until they are golden brown.
♣ Notes
  1. 1. Mahleb is an aromatic spice prevalent in Mediterranean cuisine, and particularly in baking. It is the pit of the bing cherry and once the pit is cracked, the kernel is extracted and ground into fine powder.
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3 responses to “Cream Cheese Cookies”

  1. Lisa Avatar

    Where can one get Mahleb? Does it have a cherry taste or is it more savory?

    1. velvetedition Avatar


      Mahleb has a nutty flavor, with a hint of cherry and a hint of vanilla. Avoid using too much because it could give a bitter after taste. The aroma is very floral and unique when used in your pastry dough. Mahleb can be found in Middle Eastern stores since it’s used in pastries and cheese beureks.

      Hope this was helpful.

  2. Ash Avatar

    This looks delicious !
    Can’t wait to try this at home 🙂

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