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.

4.8 from 4 reviews
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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1. “Like” Created by Diane on facebook 

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:

All Day I Dream About Food

A Spicy Perspective

Cookin Canuck

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Dine & Dish

Food for My Family

Gourmande in the Kitchen

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Jeanette’s Healthy Living

The Little Kitchen

Tidy Mom

A sweet thank you goes to Sylvie (Gourmande in the Kitchen) for organizing this!

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  1. 8

    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.

  2. 14

    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!

  3. 19

    Sarah says

    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!

  4. 21

    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 :)

  5. 23

    Jamie Zumhingst says

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

  6. 28

    julie says

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

  7. 44

    Carolyn says

    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.

  8. 46

    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!!!

  9. 68

    Bridget says

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

  10. 69

    Bridget says

    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.

  11. 70


    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!

  12. 71

    Debbie says

    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.

  13. 73

    Barbie says

    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.

  14. 77

    Mandy says

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

  15. 84

    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.

  16. 85

    Krissy says

    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.

  17. 86

    Krissy says

    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.

  18. 97

    Heather says

    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!

  19. 98


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

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  20. 107

    Rebby says

    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!!

  21. 113

    Holly says

    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!

  22. 119

    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….

  23. 122

    Jennifer says

    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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    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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    Carmen says

    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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