cheesecake cookies

Just the thought of a picnic has me wishing that my favorites will be there when we lay out the blanket. One favorite I’d like to see on a picnic is cheesecake. I really love cheesecake! To make it a bit easier to pack I had an idea to make cheese COOKIES, and I love when ideas like this turn out GREAT, like these did. Earth day is April 22. These will be perfect for Picnic for the Planet.

Celebrate Earth Day and Picnic for the Planet, pack of your favorite items, grab your friends and family and head on out on an adventure to enjoy all the Earth has to offer.

The Earth provides nourishment for over 7 billion people everyday.

These cookies are cake like cookies, soft and bake up a bit fluffy. The cheesecake icing and graham cracker crumbs are just the perfect addition to these.

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cheesecake cookies
cheesecake cookies with cheesecake icing and graham cracker crumbs
  • 8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 6 drops cheesecake flavor (Loranns)
  • 2½ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Icing:
  • ½ cup butter (room temperature)
  • 2 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 drops cheese cake flavor
  • ½ cup graham cracker crumbs
  1. Beat cream cheese and butter, then add sugar and mix until smooth.
  2. Add eggs one at a time until incorporated.
  3. Mix in vanilla and cheesecake flavor.
  4. Add the flour, baking powder and salt to the butter mixture and combine until blended well.
  5. Roll out on floured surface and cut with cookie cutter into desired shape, I rolled these out to ¼ inch
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Icing:
  8. Beat butter and cream cheese, add in sugar, milk and flavor.
  9. Pipe on completely cooled cookies and then press the frosted side into a dish of graham cracker crumbs so they stick to the icing. Refrigerate so the icing stays firm.

Are you ready to go for a picnic?


Cheesecake Cookies @createdbydiane

Maybe you need some items to help you

I’m giving away a Picnic basket full of goodies courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.

the contents include  Coleman Collapsible canvas basket lined with gingham fabric, Official Picnic for the Planet merchandise (water bottle, tee, blanket, temporary tattoo), Reusable bamboo utensil set by To-Go Ware, Popchips, Peeled Snacks, organic dried fruit, Green and Black chocolate bar, Back to Nature crackers and cookies, Burt’s Bees chapstick. Gift valued at $75.00  *I will be receiving a gift basket for my participation on this project. All opinions are my own.

 Picnic for the Planet is a celebration of the planet we live on, the food it provides and the people we share it with. In short, the planet does a lot for us — we should take it out for lunch! 

the giveaway WINNER is Amy  Congratulations Amy!

Enter to win this great filled picnic basket 

Winner will be selected on Sunday April 22, 2012 at 9pm.

Open to U.S. Residents

To enter Leave a comment telling me your favorite item to bring to a picnic, or who you would be inviting to your perfect picnic.

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2. Visit The Nature Conservancy website then come back and tell me in a comment what you plan to do this Earth Day.

3. “like” The Nature Conservancy on Facebook then come back and leave a comment telling me you did.

4. Follow The Nature Conservancy on Twitter and tweet:  Perfect Picnic Cookies from @createdbydiane @nature_org #picnic12

then come back and leave a comment telling me you did.

5.  All Hands On Earth on Twitter and tweet:  Join @createdbydiane and @AllHandsoEarth in Celebrating Earth Day #picnic12

then come back and leave a comment telling me you did.

For additional chances to win and to see what these other great bloggers made for Earth Day be sure to stop by:

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  1. 1

    I like to take lemon cakes in a jar on picnics. What a great way to celebrate earth day!

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    I plan on getting my free tree form the city and planting it! We do it every year.

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    I “like” The Nature Conservancy on Facebook.

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    I love picnics! These cookies look fabulous! My favorite picnic dish is caprese salad yum!

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    If I won the basket, I’d definitely fill it with your scrumptious cookies.

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    Cynthia Rathunde says:

    My favorite thing to bring to a picnic is my family. Picnics are a great way to spend quality time together with out the interruption of everyone’s electronics.

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    The cookies are so cute! Perfect for a picnic! Cookies are a must for picnics:)

  10. 10

    Diane-LOVE LOVE LOVE these! cheesecake cookies-genius!

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    We always take fruit on our picnics….and COOKIES!! :)

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    Those cookies are adorable, Diane! It’s always fun to bring along a special treat on a picnic.

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    Stephanie says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

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    Stephanie says:

    My favorite thing at a picnic is definitely home made chocolate chip cookies. They are perfect for sharing with friends and family that may tag along!

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    I would bring my whole extended family to my picnic!

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    I would bring the whole extended family on our picnic

  17. 17

    You are just brilliant Diane – making your favorite cheesecake into cookies! I love making sesame noodles for picnics.

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    Rikki-Dee says:

    Can’t go wrong with fried chicken.

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    I like to freeze grapes for picnics, that way if its a while before we eat they are still cool and refreshing and if we eat not long after leaving they still make for a nice cooling treat!

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    A bottle of wine or champagne, it adds a little glamour to a low key picnic. Can’t wait to try these!

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    Jamie Zumhingst says:

    as long as we are having fun as a family i like to have anything on a picnic! but homemade cookies are always a great addition :)

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    Jamie Zumhingst says:

    i ‘liked’ you on facebook.

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    Jamie Zumhingst says:

    we are going to be with family…doing what i’m not sure yet…but hopefully it’ll be great! :))

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    Jamie Zumhingst says:

    i ‘liked’ The Nature Conservancy on facebook.

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    Jamie Zumhingst says:

    following the nature conservancy and tweeted.!/JamieZumhingst/status/191976656511045632

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    Jamie Zumhingst says:

    following all hands on earth & tweeted.!/JamieZumhingst/status/191977014956269570

  27. 27

    Earth day is my birthday, so I would picnic with my family

  28. 28

    I visited the nature conservancy website I think I will get my family together for a beach picnic on earth day

  29. 29

    These sound amazing Diane! I can’t wait to try this recipe! YUM!

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    I liked the nature conservancy on facebook

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    My favorite item for a picnic is a veggie wrap and/or potato salad!

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    I follow Created by Diane on facebook.

  33. 33

    Brie and crackers

  34. 34

    Mmmmm. Just, MMMMM! I wish we were next door neighbors.

  35. 35

    You’re killing me with all these awesome cookies! Thanks for this recipe, love them!

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    Soha Molina says:

    sandwiches to a picnic

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    Wow! That looks beautiful. The first picture makes it looks like nuggets! :)

  38. 38

    very fun and creative cookies as always!

  39. 39

    Not entering the giveaway. Just had to say how novel and original these little cheesecake cookies are.

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    I would love to have a picnic with my boyfriend.

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    I like on facebook

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    I love to take berry desserts or watermelon to picnics..

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    I like Nature Conservancy on facebook..

  44. 44

    We love taking Welch Dessert Cakes on a picnic. It’s about the only time I make them, so the family really enjoys it when I do.

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    Favorite picnic food: Jimmy John’s #2! :)

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    Rosie Bradley says:

    My favorite thing to take on a picnic is a pasta salad, great bread, yummy cookies and lemonade to quench your thirst! Mmmmmm!!!

  47. 47

    wow this looks amazing!

  48. 48

    What a perfect way to make cheesecake portable! So cute too in the heart shape.

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    Christopher Sorel says:

    I would bring my smoked ribs and have mu wife come with her potato salad the best

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    Christopher Sorel says:

    working with my sons boy scouts to clean up local park

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    I love to bring cupcakes to picnics. So much easier and no fork needed:-) These cookies are awesome!!!!

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    I like Created by Diane on facebook:-)

  57. 57

    My favorite thing to bring is a board game. Those cookies look tasty!

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    MaryBeth says:

    My bring-along picnic food is usually a fruit salad or brown sugar baked beans.

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    cheese and crackers

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    liked you on fb

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    visited the website and i plan on taking my recyclables to the recycle center on earth day

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    liked NC on fb

  63. 63

    My perfect picnic would consist of my favorite fried chicken, great music, and a soft breeze!

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    I DEFINITELY like you on Facebook!

  65. 65

    I celebrate every Earth day by planting a tree seedling at my favorite cabin in the woods of Door County Wisconsin!

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    I follow the Nature Conservancy on Twitter and Tweeted here:!/ItsYummi/status/192285571769569282

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    I “like” the Nature Conservancy on Facebook!

  68. 68

    I love bringing pasta salad to a picnic – whole wheat pasta, and LOTS of roasted or grilled veggies… filling, delicious, and nutritious.

  69. 69

    I visited the Nature Conservancy website, and saw that there’s a picnic on Boston Common. That might be fun to go to, or perhaps my husband and I will take a hike in the woods near my house.

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    I love to bring a kite, my handsome fiance, and a wonderful bottle of summer dessert wine to my favorite nature centers and to just sit back, lay in the grass, and watch the clouds go by!

  71. 71

    I promised my daughter that we would have a picnic on Memorial Day weekend, and since the closest she’s ever come to a real picnic is when we have strawberry picnics on the living room floor, I’d say I’ll have to bring some strawberries to our picnic.

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    I know this is silly, but as a child my mom must have taken us on hundreds of picnics and she always packed a small bag of sugar. We would picnic on a hill behind my parents house, pick wild flowers, play in the trees and when it was over we would take the bag of sugar to the ant hill and feed the ants. The ant hill is still there and now I take my children with a bag of sugar to feed the ants. That is a picnic to me.

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    Chocolate and vanilla Checkerboard cake

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    We always plant a tree for Earth Day, but I thibk this year we will make recycle bins as well

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    I live over sees and have never found cheesecake flavoring. Do you have another suggestion for me to try this recipe?

  78. 79

    Favorite item to bring on picnic is pastries!

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    Visit National Park!

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    Liked Nature Conservancy

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    Tracy Luke says:

    The most favorite things I bring to a picnic are my loved one. Somehow the food always seems to taste better, no matter what it is.

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    My perfect picnic would be me, my hubby, our 2 kids and our dog Barney. PB&J would be in our picnic basket along with some yummy potato chips.

  85. 86

    For Earth Day this year we plan on buying a new tree for our front yard and planting it. Also we might do some more recycling that week than our normal routine. We have 3 recycle bins that we normally fill up on a weekly basis.

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    I “like” The Nature Conservancy on Facebook.

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    Really, my favorite thing to bring to a picnic is my kiddos and husband. I love to treat with homemade treats, and lemonade :)

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    Claudia Barragan says:

    perfect picnic with my family, fresh fruit cheese and crackers.

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    My favorite things to bring are watermelon and potato salad!

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    Pan bagnat, potato chips and watermelon.

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    Love this project and love these gorgeous cookies!

  94. 95

    Love these cookies, perfect picnic cookies indeed :) I do take some home made cookies for all our family picnics

  95. 96

    My favorite item to bring to a picnic is watermelon! Thanks for the giveaway!

  96. 97

    Aside from wonderful food and drink, my favorite thing to bring to a picnic is reusable silverware and plates and napkins–just dump back in the basket at the end and wash at home. Way better than disposables!

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    I love picnic with my kids. Our favorite things to bring are salad, sandwiches, and cookie bars. :)

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    For the Earth Day, I would love to host a picnic and raise awareness to love our planet!

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    “liked” The Nature Conservancy on Facebook

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    I love tomato soup in a thermos or grapes at picnics.

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    Jeanne Zavesky says:

    I love to bring sandwiches and a batch of Paula Deen’s lemon bars! mmmmm

  105. 106

    Did you say “cheesecake”?! Yum…these cookies look so sweet and delicious. Our girls live for picnics…they would be my chosen picnic guests. :)

  106. 107

    My fave item to bring on a picnic is spinach dip and a baguette! Your cream cheese cookies look to die for by the way!! Might be my new fave picnic item!!

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    I think I will plant some trees this Earth Day!

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    I Follow The Nature Conservancy on Twitter and tweeted!/RebTheCatSitter/status/192482027835113472

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    I follow All Hands On Earth on Twitter and tweeted!/RebTheCatSitter/status/192482602039521280

  112. 113

    These cookies look wonderful. I found cheesecake flavoring on, but am not quite sure which type to buy. There seems to be a 1 dram size of flavoring and larger sizes of oil for candies. Can you please clarify it for me? I am ready to get them baking!

  113. 114

    love the idea of cheesecake cookies and these are just too cute!

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    My girls love to take “mini” sandwiches. Something about bite sized food makes it more fun.

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    I “liked” you on Facebook.

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    We are planting a new tree this year!

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    I liked Nature Conservancy on Facebook.

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    Jennifer Perry says:

    Well typically I want a lot of great fruit and cheese for a picnic but now I want to make these!!!!! yum! We have an all school picnic and I’ll be bringing these….

  119. 120

    I usually bring a nice pasta salad! Can’t beat that in the warm, summer months!

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    I already “like” your facebook page!

  121. 122

    Favorite thing to bring on a picnic? My daughters of course! And a great sandwich with lots of veggies and an extravagant cheese.

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    My favorite thing to bring to a picnic is my kids and potato salad;)

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    I like Nature Conservancy on FB!!

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    Terry entwistle says:

    I like to take cupcakes on a picnic.

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    I love to have watermelon on a picnic!

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    I LIKE you on facebook:)

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    Thanks so much for supporting The Nature Conservancy this Earth Day, Diane! Your cheesecake cookies look so delicious! And what a perfect portable snack for a picnic.
    -Madeline, The Nature Conservancy

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    Shawna Steffen says:

    My favorite picnic item is deviled eggs. A bit tricky to transport, but they’re so yummy.

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    I would picnic with anyone except the ants :)

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    my favorite thing to bring on a picnic is cheese!

  131. 132

    For Earth Day, if the weather is nice, I’ll probably go visit the local botanical garden!

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    Theresa J says:

    My favorite item to bring to a picnic is lemonade

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    Theresa J says:

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    Theresa J says:

    I Visited The Nature Conservancy website and I will be at Coachella this Earth Day

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    Sondi Hardy says:

    Lovely idea! :-)

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    Athena R says:

    I love going on picnics with my honey. We usually take sandwiches and fruit.

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    Athena R says:

    I TNC on FB.

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    Potato salad! :)

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    Carolyn A says:

    Pesto pasta salad with roasted bell peppers.

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    Pasta salads.

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    Cold shrimp with cocktail sauce.

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    like picnicing in the park close by

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    I would love to enjoy a beautiful day outdoors with my mom and grandma, sharing a big bowl of colorful fruit salad while bathing in the sun and sharing laughter.

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    I liked the Nature Conservancy on Facebook!

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    I follow the Nature Conservancy on Twitter! @MyEatsAndTreats

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    I like your Facebook page!

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    I’d love to go on a picnic with my husband and daughter, with some cold fried chicken, biscuits, coleslaw and watermelon.

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    OMG how have I never had a cheesecake cookie before?

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