Want an amazingly delicious bite size dessert that is a crowd pleaser…. these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites are a true winner!
Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites
We woke to 39 degrees, it’s much colder than the 95 degree days we had a week ago.
It’s a hot tea and cookie type of day.
With the smell of gingerbread in the oven, I think I need to start writing my Christmas list…
Have you written your list yet?
Do you have a running list that starts on Jan 1st and you just keep adding to it all year long?
Do you just jot down a few things it would be nice to have?
Do you rely on someone selecting the perfect gift with no list at all, or d
o you know exactly what you’d like to receive?
Just imagine the Christmas Carols playing in the background and the aroma of gingerbread baking in the oven.
Nothing says happiness at this time of year more than great baked goods, no matter what’s on your list.
This recipe combines two great holiday favorite flavors, gingerbread and cheesecake, and a winning duo it is!
One bite in and you’ll know exactly why these are so popular, the cookies has a nice spicy crunch while the cheesecake filling is creamy and rich and oh so delicious.
To help you get in the baking mood, I created these quick and easy cheesecake filled gingerbread cookies.
In just a few simple steps your kitchen will smell like the holidays too.
Begin with a 30 oz. roll of Pillsbury Gingerbread Cookie Dough or USE MY GINGERBREAD COOKIE RECIPE if you want it all to be homemade or you can’t find the Pillsbury dough.
Roll 2 teaspoons of gingerbread dough into balls and place them into a mini cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners.
Make a well or indentation in each ball to fill the cookies.
To create the indentations in the cookie dough, place the end of a mini rolling pin or back of a measuring teaspoon dipped in flour and press into the dough.
Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla to create the cream cheese filling.
Place filling into a piping bag, cut off the edge, and fill each with a teaspoon or so of cheesecake mixture.
Do not overfill the dough, when the cookie bakes it will rise.
Take a look at the photos above and the final photos to see the difference.
See the dough puffs up!
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes, or until the cookie part comes out with a nearly clean toothpick,
they will continue to bake a bit when the pan is out of the oven cooling down.
*****Substituting the gingerbread cookie dough has been a problem for many who couldn’t find the Pillsbury Dough, some gingerbread cookie doughs are soft and then when they are baked the filling absorbs into the dough as it bakes.
I have made these many times with my own gingerbread cookie dough recipe, it takes minimal ingredients and turns out great. So no need to hunt around for the cookie dough, you can make it.
CLICK HERE for the GINGERBREAD COOKIE RECIPE
These were baked with my gingerbread cookie recipe.
But don’t forget to put the paper liners in the pans. I tried them without liners and they were hard to get out of the pan.
- 1 batch of gingerbread cookie dough, my homemade recipe is linked in the post, you'll need to print it separately or use a (30 oz) package of Pillsbury Gingerbread Cookie Dough (refrigerated section)
- 4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Roll two teaspoons of cookie dough into a ball for each cookie. Place balls of dough into paper liners mini cupcake/muffin pan. Make a well/indentation into each ball of dough with a flour dipped mini rolling pin or the back of a measurement teaspoon.
- Beat room temperature cream cheese with powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla. Place filling into a piping bag, cut off the edge of the bag. Place one teaspoon or so of filling into each area of cookie dough.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or until cookie tested with a toothpick comes out almost clean.
- Don't overfill the cookies with filling as they will rise when baked.
- Let cool before removing it from the cupcake pan.
The cookie dough is firm.
If you use another cookie dough and it is on the soft side, add 1/2-1 cup flour. The cookie dough should be on the FIRM side so the filling does not get absorbed by the cookie dough as they are baking.
***update*** there is a bit of rise and fall when baking the gingerbread pre-made cookie dough. Add 1/4 cup flour to the cookie mixture and the dough will be a little firmer and will bake up with less puff, then there will be less collapsing of the dough when cooling. The gingerbread cookie and filling can be refrigerated to get them back to a cool temperature before baking and that too will help if the filling is melting or the cookie dough is rising too much. You can also bake the cookie cups empty and add the cheesecake filling when the cookie cups are cooled.
Take a look at this, make these Cookies all with ONE dough.
If you like PUMPKIN then you will LOVE these Pumpkin Spice Bites
Sue/the view from great island says
Wonderful idea, Diane, I love how tiny they are, and the creamy cheesecake filling looks luscious inside that gingerbread. I’m filing away that idea for making the indentations in the dough!
Just made these for Christmas eve dinner/dessert! They look great and taste yummy but I had to make an extra batch. I baked the first batch too long and the cream cheese sank in too much. Overall the recipe is fun and easy.. Thanks for the great idea!
I tried to make these the other day but mine failed as well. The filling sank and the cookies fell apart completely. The bottoms dropped out. I read Sarah’s comment which would seem I overbaked since the filling disappeared or sank. However with them falling apart the way they did, I thought perhaps I hadn’t baked them enough. Very disappointing as they are easy to make.
did you use the pillsbury gingerbread dough or another purchased dough or another gingerbread cookie recipe? After emailing with people who left comments previously it was determined that some used other cookie dough and that was a problem.
Thanks! I wondered as I used Betty Crocker’s pouch mix. Will have to try again.
If the cookie dough you use is soft my suggestion is to add 1/2 cup-1 cup flour to the mixture. That way the filling won’t be absorbed by the dough.
Jessica @ How Sweet says
Ah, how fun are these?!
Thanks Jessica 🙂 I love minis
What lovely deliciousness! These are definitely on my to-do list 🙂
P.S. Found your lovely site while weaving my way through StumbleUpon.
Thanks so much Shawn 🙂 glad you stopped by!
These look and sounds fantastic! I just baked something with gingerbread yesterday and I am trying to resist diving completely into Christmas desserts. Must get through Thanksgiving!
yes, there are still plenty of days of pumpkin and cranberry goodness to be devoured first 🙂
Hey Diane, miss you. I love the tip for making the indentations and for filling in cookie dough. I def try that this year. Sending a hug.
Hi Cathy, I MISS you too 🙂
Yes please! I’ll take 27 of these. Thank you.
funny thing is all 48 disappeared VERY quickly 🙂 or I’d air-mail them to you. Open widow and through into the galaxy and it would snow sweet treats!
christina clayton says
does the recipe make 48?
yes it make 48.
[email protected] says
Ohhhh Diane, I can just tell these would be extremely dangerous for me. I’d have to make them when Lots of people were around.
Okay, I SO need to make a low carb version of these. Love them!
Fabulous Diane!!! I wouldn’t have thought they’d be that easy either. To be able to start with the gingerbread dough already made makes it super appealing!
Lauren @ KeepItSweet says
I love these! So cute and so delicious looking.
Isn’t this weather absolutely crazy?! It’s gotten cold here too! These are so fun. I love mini desserts and these flavors are PERFECT!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
Ohhhhhh, deliciousness! And so cute!
Simply delicious! Love the way they look too.
Lana @ Never Enough Thyme says
Really love this recipe! So nice to have easy to prepare things during the holidays.
So simple yet so impressive. GREG
Such a delicious idea, Diane!! So cute, too.
alison @ Ingredients, Inc. says
these look amazing! I must try them
Becca from It's Yummilicious says
OMGosh… I adore mini-sized food, and these are absolutely adorable! Can’t wait to make them 🙂
It’s really cute! I’m afraid I can’t stop at just one. This recipe is keeper!
Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.
Oh, you are mean! I just decided I needed to lose 2 lbs this week and you send me this. Hmmm… I could substitute these for all other food… Actually, I could do that quite happily. Maybe I will. I love, love, love gingerbread!
Come to think of it, I just realized I love ginger so much because it reminds me of the holidays! These are the cutest little bites of heaven!
Steve @ the black peppercorn says
Oh my!! These look so incredible. I am definitely trying these! The combination of the gingerbread with the cheesecake is great!!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog that drew me over here. I am a happy new follower!
Feast on the Cheap says
Yum! Just made a gingerbread cheesecake too!
Found you via twitter and I am so glad I did! These look amazing!!! I can’t wait to try them out on my friends and family!
Thanks so much Bianca!
These look heavenly and simple! Perfect for the holidays!!
Do you chill these or leave them room temp? Planning to do them
I had them at room temperature for the whole next day, beofre they were devoured. I’d estimate they’d be great at room temp. for two days, then refrigerate them. ~Diane
Diane, these are so creative!! They are so cute too!
these are just adorable :O)
Found these on Pinterest. So cute. Mine failed though. I doubled the cream cheese in the filling because 4 oz was pretty crumbly. When I pulled them out of oven, the cream cheese had melted into the cookie. Maybe doubling the cream cheese wasnt a good idea. Oh well, they were still delicious. Thank you!
if the cream cheese is at room temperature it shouldn’t be crumbly. Mine was very smooth. You don’t want the filling to be thin, but you could add a teaspoon of milk if you think it would need it.
I did not change the recipe at all, and I had the same problem. 🙁
You had the problem, that the filling was crumbly? If you beat in with a mixer it will come together. Beat on high unil it’s smooth and creamy. If it’s disappearing when baked, lower the temperature of your oven to 325 degrees.
No, the filling was AMAZING! I ate a lot of it before it ended up in the cookies. 🙂 The filling disappeared. I will try to lower the temperature next time. This recipe brings together two of my favorite things!
You could also try adding an egg to the filling as well as beating the cream cheese when it’s cold. I haven’t used the egg yet, it’s on my list to try. I did use cold cream cheese and got it to beat smooth with a flat paddle attachment. Thanks for letting me know. Happy Baking!
Mine did the same thing:(
Hi – can you send me a quick email and let me know how many this makes? Want to make this for a cookie exchange party and want to buy enough stuff 🙂
It makes 48
This recipe makes 48
Welp, I’ve tried two times and my filling sinks to the bottom. I am making them for a cookie party so I think I’ll just cook the dough and then just frost them like cupcakes! hehe
Are you using a different gingerbread cookie dough? Email me if you’d like me to help you troubleshoot with you. [email protected]
Jessie the Possible Baker says
I finally made these and just had to share them with you!! Honestly, I think I got more compliments on them than on any other christmas cookie I have made (besides oreo truffles). Thanks for sharing such a great recipe and congrats on the pick from Pillsbury!
Thanks so much for letting me know how much you like them as well as everyone else 🙂 That is so great. I LOVE easy delicious recipes. Keep an eye out I have another version I’m will be making soon.
Rachel @ Bakerita says
Your recipes always make me want to run to the kitchen!
These look stunning, I wanna grab one and take a bite.
Can’t wait to try them out.
Andrea (questfordelish) says
these look so yummy. So many delish treats to make and yet so little time.
I made these and they were a huge hit. I will be making them again soon. Thanks for the great recipe. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with. 🙂
I’m so glad you liked them Marlen 🙂 Miss you!!!!
I just made these. The cookie dough wasn’t cooked all the way at the 9 minute mark so I cooked it for 2 minutes longer. All the cheesecake filling disappeared.
Lisa M says
Mine did the same as Kelly’s the cheesecake filling puffed then sank down in the cookie as it cooled. I would like to make these for my cookie exchange. Any suggestions?
I am not sure what happened, my sank a bit, as you can see in the photo. You could make the cream cheese mixture thicker. (I used Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I know others are more watery when baking-I’ve goofed before and used store brand and did not have the result I wanted in cheesecake especially) Don’t make the well in them as deep should help too. I bake on the upper 1/3 of my oven and find all my baked goods come out better. Knowing your oven is key I think with little treats, they cook fast. Don’t whip the filling too much just make sure it’s creamy, creating too much air in it will have it swell up then fall more. If you think that may have covered it great, if not please feel free to email me if you think I can give you more pointers.
I just answered this concern from someone else. knowing your oven is key to baking mini treats I think, I used Philadelphia Cream Cheese, I’ve used store brands before and find they are higher in water and therefore give a different result. Over whipping the cream cheese with cause more air and they will rise and sink more and the filling will think out when baked. Just mix until creamy, once the cream cheese is at room temperature it doesn’t need much mixing to incorporate the sugar. I hope that helps. If you have other concerns feel free to email me.I would love to see you have the same results as I did on these.
i just made these. yum! I couldn’t find the Gingerbread cookie dough, so I used Pumpkin cookie dough, found in the grocery store, made by a local baker. Yum! I cooked mine for 11 minutes – I probably made them too big.
they sound great. Yes everyone’s oven is different so baking times are based on my oven 🙂
these look delicious!
1. How long should they be expected to hold up? a few days, a week?
2. Do they need to be refrigerated?
Can’t wait to make them!
I made them one day and they were all gone the next 🙂 so these weren’t refrigerated. If you need them past day two I’d refrigerate them when completely cooled. (moisture would be the enemy here if you cover them. I’d put them in the fridge uncovered and let them come to room temperature to serve. If you cover them, they could get moist and wouldn’t be cookie-like at all especially with this filling. You could do the balls and pressing ahead of time if you needed to be done with the work a day or so ahead and refrigerate them,before baking the filling I’d make the day you need it. Hope that helps. If you need more tips email me 🙂
Legally Delish says
I’m obsessed with this idea for my company holiday party tomorrow! I have no time to do the whole “from scratch” nonsense tonight and these look amazing! Thank you so much for the idea!
we loved your idea too! we’ve added you to our DIY Christmas… https://tumblewee.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/diy-christmas-from-the-blog-world/?preview=true&preview_id=754&preview_nonce=051c6ccb90
wonderful food ideas! ash & meg with tumblewee
Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga says
new to your blog, we were both linked on whatsheshaving’s blog and now I see these…and yum!
Has anyone tried to just roll the dough into balls, poke a hole and squirt in a dollop of filling? The cookies sound really good but I’d really rather not have to deal with mini tins and little paper cups.
Not sure how they would bane up that way, the filling may spread too thin in the center as it bakes, but it’s worth a try, let me know if you make them, and how they turn out.
*Just Fran* says
Apparently, my HUGE appetite for gingerbread prevented me from reading the recipe properly. I baked these in a regular muffin pan (they took about 15 minutes in my oven), and just sampled one while it was still warm (because I am a pig like that). Delicious! Perfectly easy treats for me and my non-baking tendencies. Thanks for sharing.
Yum ! I couldn’t find the Pillsbury version of the Dough, so I bought already formed dough globs of gingerbread spice dough made by Immaculate Baking Co. They’re already portioned out just right for this recipe, AND it comes with a small packet odd coarse sugar, which I sprinkled on top before baking. Super! Thanks for the great idea!
Aubrey Hall says
I tried so hard to make these but they just didn’t turn out right 🙁 Im sure I did something wrong. I did use the emaculate cookie dough, but the filling just kinda dissolved right into the cookie? I am going to try again they just look too good! Thanks Diane for the recipe.
I’m not sure why the filling disappears, unless it’s too thin. I would try more filling close to 2 teaspoons. I had two batches of these, neither time did the filling do that. Try baking at a lower temperature. 325. If you are baking in dark pans.
I cant find premade gingerbread cookie dough anywhere…what store is this available in LOL
I found it in my local grocer store (Ralph’s) If you can’t locate it, you could use a package (Betty Crocker makes one) just add an additional 3/4 cup flour to thicken it up so they don’t swell too much.
you got this from pillbury
I was asked by Pillsbury to create this recipe, if you are seeing this on Pillsbury’s Website it is my recipe.
Thanks Diane! Even though my filling melted into the cookie some too, I still won “Best Tasting Cookie” at a cookie exchange last night! There were about 25 other entries. My prize was an adorable little sparkly living tree 🙂
oh that is so exciting that you won!!!
Do these need to be served warm or room temp? I want to make these the day before Christmas and I’m struggling with how to serve them!
I’m going to make these this year for Christmas…I’m going to swich up the filling though, I’d rather have a more cheesecake filling than a cream cheese icing filling. so I’ll use my fave cheesecake recipe (adding an egg, much less sugar and a little vanilla) Can’t wait to taste them! thanks for the inspiration!
i TRIED THESE WITH MORE CREAM CHEESE AND 1 EGG AND THE MIXTURE DID NOT DISSOLVE INTO THE COOKIE. GREAT RECIPE.
That is so great, Pillsbury wanted three ingredient recipes I think 5 would have been nice. I’ve not had any filling bubble over or disappear and have made five varieties of these. After discussing it with the people who had trouble, we came to the conclusion that it’s most likely their ovens run hot, for that result to have happened. Glad you had success.
I wasn’t able to find the pillsbury gingerbread cookie dough in any of my local grocery stores including wal Mart & Safeway!!! 🙁 I still plan to bake these today with a homemade gingerbread cookie recipe but not sure what recipe I should go with or whether they will turn out the right way?? This is a recipe I found online..will it work the same?
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 3/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 large egg
1/2 cup molasses
2 teaspoons vanilla
The biggest problem people are emailing me about with this recipe has to do with the filling. The only conclusion I’ve come to through emailing back and forth with people is the microwaved the cream cheese to soften it and that will certainly change the consistency. I left the cream cheese on my counter for about a half hour and it beat nicely and was nice and thick when I put the cheesecake mixture into the cookie dough. The other issue was oven temperature. If your oven runs on the hot side drop the temperature 25 degrees. I baked these in the upper 1/3 of my oven. I hope these tips help. I have received emails of plenty of people having great success with the recipe as it is, and people even posting them on their website with photos and they look just as mine do. If you have any other questions feel free to ask. You can email me directly if you’d like created by diane blog at verizon.net
As far as the gingerbread recipe. Since I haven’t used that recipe I really don’t know how it will be, just be sure it’s a bit on the thick side, the gingerbread cookie dough I used was firm.
I had a problem at first. But then I figured it out. It happened by accident when I ran out of filling. I had half of a pan ready to go but the other half needed more filling. I put the pan in the fridge while I made up more cream-cheese mixture. I filled the cooled cookies and put them in the oven. One side came out perfect the other side was a mess. So my theory is COOL THE ENTIRE TRAY FOR 20 IN THE FRIDGE BEFORE BAKING THEM!!! =D
These look delicious!!! I love the mini size!!!
Blackbeard's Wyfe says
Just made these sweet babies!!!
I modified the recipe a bit. I added a couple of tablespoons of sour cream and a pinch of nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to the sour cream……
Thanks for the recipe!
Ashley Henry says
Just curious if the leftovers should be kept refridgerated?
Ashley Henry says
should the leftovers be kept refridgerated?
Tried twice…failed twice. Cream cheese was not microwaved nor off brand so these were not factors. Since the filling is cream cheese and sugar we will make another batch of filing and pipe in the now empty cookie shells and refrigerate until serving.
I had some trouble with this recipe and I’m not sure why. The cheesecake filling came out hard and crusty on top and runny in the middle. I double and triple-checked the recipe and was following it exactly. Any idea why this may have happened?
Patricia Mohl says
Just received mini muffin tins for Christmas so making these.
list of presidents says
Diane, how creative, these look so good!!!!
Found these on pinterest…I cannot wait to try them…but will – until my baker gets home from Scout camp this weekend!!
So, my future mother-in-law is coming to visit for the weekend so I decided I wanted to make a little something sweet to have around the house. Saw these on Pinterest and they looked SO good. HOWEVER……To sum it up, they didn’t turn out AT ALL! Let me start by saying, THEY TASTE FANTASTIC but I had to bake them for over twice the time stated in the recipe and they STILL didn’t bake correctly. The dough under the filling stayed gooey and stuck to the cupcake papers. Then the filling fell. For the filling I may be at fault: the 2 cups of powdered sugar was WAY too much for me and seemed like a ridiculous ratio to the cream cheese so I bumped it down to 1/2-3/4 a cup per 4oz of cream cheese. But, that’s just personal preference…
SO, for anyone having the same or similar issues that I had, I ended up tweaking it all to get these little babies to turn out! I dipped the dough into a tiny bit of flour BEFORE putting it in the cupcake papers in the muffin tin. I made the necessary wells in the dough. Then I baked ONLY the gingerbread “crust” for about 10 minutes and, even though the dough would fall back into it’s well shape after resting a bit, I made sure to punch the middles down a bit just for good measure. I let the crust rest for a few minutes and then piped the filling into the wells. And, WHADDAYA KNOW?! IT WORKED! They didn’t stick or fall or any other crazy mess. And, they’re DELICIOUS! If you’re willing to work a bit harder and be creative these Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites are DIVINE!
First 3 pans….major fail. I’m now trying your method. Did you bake them after you piped the filling?
I baked them after I piped the filling. If you are having trouble baking with the filling. Bake the Gingerbread part first them let cool and pipe filling on top.
On pan #4, I rolled cookie balls lightly in flour, made the well and then baked for 8 minutes. They fully puffed up. Then I let them cool about 10 minutes. They went back down with well still in place. I then piped the filling and put back in oven for 5-7 minutes. I let them cool and then put in refrigerator. Yummy! Turned out perfectly. Extra steps a bit time consuming but worth it. I couldn’t find Pillsbury Gingerbread so I used Immaculate Gingerbread (already in individual squares) and used Philly Cream Cheese.
Glad to hear they worked out in the end, yes as items bake differently they end up with different results. Did you add additional flour to the entire package first before rolling? Also after you press the well into them you can refrigerate them until they are cool 10 minutes if they were puffing up too much.
Didn’t have pre-made dough, these gingerbread cups are deadly to what’s left of my wait line, because I’ve eaten two batchs trying to get them right. Now that I’ve comeback to check the recipe online I can see that I made them to big. Diane they are great. Thank You!
yes I would agree, eating them while testing recipes can be hard on the waistline 🙂 but it sure is FUN!
I made these and the filling also melted into the cookie. Have you tried it with egg?
I’m going to include these in my friday link roundup.
OK to use a photo?
If not, just email me and I’ll only use the link.
This sounds fantastic…can’t wait to try. Can you tell me approx. how many mini cupcakes it made?
about 48 minis
These are absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing! I couldn’t find refrigerated gingerbread dough, so I used the Betty Crocker Mix. After reading the comments, I baked the cookie part first and found they raised back up even, but as soon as they were out of the oven I push the center back down (with the bottom of a wisk) and let them cool before adding the filling. They came out perfection!
auntie em says
Definitely going on my baking list! Thank you for sharing! 🙂
heather mccornack says
I just made these for my husband’s work party and they turned out great. I took the tip about baking them without the cream cheese first, let the cookie cool, and then added the cream cheese. They look just like the pictures.
I want to make these for Christmas, just not sure when to make them. How long will they last in the fridge? Do they freeze well?
I haven’t frozen them so I’m not sure about that. If you were to freeze them, I would bake and freeze the gingerbread cookie part and add the filling the day before or day of serving.
If you make and assemble them according to my directions I think they would be fine if baked three days ahead and refrigerated, then brought to room temperature before serving.
Hope that is helpful.
Can you use homemade gingerbread dough instead of the pillsbury stuff?
yes of course, just be sure to add enough flour that the dough won’t puff up to much and you should be all set!
I made these yesterday and they were delicious! I followed the recipe exactly, I didn’t add the extra flour but did chill them before baking. They looked just like picture. Thank you for sharing:)
Can’t find mini cupcake liners is it worth attempting without them ???
you can use a non-stick baking spray so the gingerbread bites don’t stick.
How many bites did a tube of dough make using 2 tsp dough per cup?
the 30 oz tube of dough makes between 36-48 mini bites (mini muffin pan size) depending on how perfectly I measure each one 🙂
Becky Shattuck says
I’m at high altitude, so that might be the cause of the problem I experienced. The cream cheese filling burst and then sunk, leaving the cookie cups empty and glazed.
I decided that the cheesecake filling was pretty much just frosting anyway, so I baked the rest of mine blind (after pricking the bottoms with a fork) and then filled them after they cooled. I sprinkled them with some red sprinkles to make them festive, and they looked and tasted great!
I recommend other people bake a few first as a test. If they don’t work for you, then try just filling them later and not baking the filling.
So smart!! You may become my new best friend/website!! : – )
I made these tonight because I’ve been dying to try this recipe. I used the flour in the recipe and they came out great! Haven’t actually tasted them but I’m sure they’ll be great! Pinned your recipe to my Pinterest board! Thanks!
Made these today but adjusted for Valentine’s Bunco! Used Red Velvet cookie dough roll I happened to run across at grocery. I first baked them according to your recipe but I think the cookie dough was a bit different from the gingerbread. They puffed up in baking but collapsed when they cooled. I did the second batch baking without the filling. I removed from the oven then gently touched the center. They immediately collapsed and I filled them with the cream cheese filling and ran them back in the oven for another 3-4 minutes. They turned out great! Very rich!
Glad they turned out well. Each type of cookie dough is different and bakes differently, if you shape them, then refrigerate them until cool, then bake them they hold their shape well too.
Carrie Thomas says
Do you think you could freeze these ??
I made these tonight and will fill them tomorrow. They took about 15 minutes to bake in my oven which is way off. Anyway, I took them out after 9 minutes and they had raised a lot in the center so I floured the end of my tool and indented them again. They were perfect after doing this. I’ll double the filling since I’m not baking it and hope they’ll be a hit at my dinner party tomorrow.
Thanks for a great idea. They smell wonderful while they are baking too!
Tried the pillsbury premade dough. Didnt like as well as the package dry mix I believe that is by Betty Crocker. Betty Crocker dry mix made a chewy cookie, the pillsbury premade roll cookie was too light and almost cake like.
Aqiyl Aniys says
Whoa! These are totally awesome looking. I love your ingenuity. Brilliant.
Christina Myers says
Do you think these would freeze well?
If you want to make them ahead of time, I would make the cookie part, bake and freeze them. Then fill them on the day you will serve them (without baking the filling) And they will be better than freezing with the filling in the, as there will be too much moisture and when they thaw they would not be the best consistency.
Sallie McGrath says
Did you ever try these with the egg added to the filling? I just made them as directed. While the smell delicious and look very pretty the center is essentially cream cheese frosting, not cheesecake. Would love to try again with a “true” cheesecake center if you have suggestions. Thanks!
I haven’t. Everyone I’ve made them for loved them. But others have done it with great results
Trisha Delaney says
I am so excited to try these 🙂 I made homemade dough yesterday and refrigerated it overnight so that it is good and firm. Going to bake the cookies today, and pipe in the filling tomorrow before we head to my in-laws for Thanksgiving. I was reading the comments to see if people thought baking the filling was better or piping it in after since you said both worked. I was hoping piping the filling in after would be the best option so it would be easier to store them over night 🙂 Can not wait to taste them and share them! Thanks Diane!
Rachel from Rose Tinted Home says
I was so excited to make these for my holiday party at work – but was disappointed when I had the same trouble (I now realize) that some of your other readers had. I will try again, they really were delicious.
I have made them many times without issues, yes others have had issues. It does happen with the difference of ingredients. The amount of water in cream cheese can effect how thick and creamy the filling is. You can bake the cookie empty and fill them when they are cooled. You can add an egg to the mixture along with a tablespoon of flour to thicken the filling before baking as well.
Now if I were to make these with a homemade gingersnap cookie dough recipe, what changes would be necessary? I’m not sure how much one Pillsbury dough sheet yields compared to a normal recipe of about two or three dozen…
The dough I used made about 3 dozen. If your cookie dough recipe normally makes 3 dozen cookies, it will most likely make more of these as they are smaller. You can always make more filling if needed.
Used the trick of adding flour to the dough and these baked up just like the pictures! This is the third time I’ve made these, and the first using the Pillsbury brand rather than Immaculate Baking Co. I have to say the Immaculate ones have a better flavor to me because they’re spicier sonehow. Either way, these are delicious! Thanks for the idea!
So happy you liked them, and yes each brand will have different flavors, you can always spice up any dough with more ginger and clove to give it the gingerbread yumminess too 🙂
I tried these and was hugely disappointed. The cheesecake centre boiled all over all the cups and pan. 🙁
Mara @ Visiedieni says
Loved it. Didn’t get all the exact ingredients, but still it turned out quite nice. Thanks for the recipe. Greetings from Latvia.
Zīmogu fabrika says
I cannot wait to try this!
I like this recipe a lot!
Artis @ ZZF says
This sounds divine!
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kHO LẠNH vacxin says
Amazing !I love Gingerbread Cheesecake Bites. iT look so delicious
Danny joy says
It looks yummy!
will definitely try.
Thanks for sharing
satta matka says
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