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This simple 5 ingredient Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe is perfect for Holiday cookie exchanges….not too sweet but oh so delicious!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

 

Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Simple 5 Ingredient Thumbprint Cookie Recipe….Perfect to Make with a Toddler!

With Christmastime upon us I love getting in the kitchen with Little Man!  It’s so much fun to create yummy dishes and watch the magic in his eyes when he sees all the amazing things we can create!  The key to getting toddlers in the kitchen during the Holidays is SIMPLE recipes….like this Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe.  I let Little Man help out with mixing the ingredients, shaping the cookies, and (the BEST part) making the thumbprints in the center of each cookie!

Another important aspect of cooking with kids is to cut down on the sugar content…..if you have a toddler then you know…..there’s just no such thing as waiting til later when it comes to holiday goodies!  That’s why I’m so thrilled to partner with Splenda for their Sweet Swaps promotion. By just swapping out the sugar in this recipe for the SPLENDA Sugar Blend I’m cutting the sugar and calories of these cookies way down….meaning Little Man and I are free to have a little bit of indulgence without feeling guilty! The SPLENDA 365 SWEET SWAPS Initiative is focused on making simple swaps everyday to help everyone make smart choices for healthy living. Visit www.365SweetSwaps.com for more information and TONS of delicious recipes!

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For this Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe I used SPLENDA Sugar Blend because it’s a mix of pure sugar and SPLENDA….which helps in the baking process with the coloring, texture, and moisture retention.  When I use SPLENDA Sugar Blend I only use half of the recommended amount of sugar for the recipe.  Since this recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar I simply made the #SweetSwaps for 1/2 cup of SPLENDA Sugar Blend.

 

Alright, ready for this delicious and simple thumbprint cookie recipe?

Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

Ingredients:

8oz Low Fat Cream Cheese

2 Sticks Butter melted (16 TBS)

1/2 Cup SPLENDA Sugar Blend (equivalent to 1 cup of granulated sugar)

2 Cups All Purpose Flour

1 Cup Strawberry Preserves

Directions:

Blend together melted butter and low fat cream cheese.

Add in SPLENDA Sugar Blend and mix well.

Slowly add in flour 1/2 cup at a time until all 2 cups are mixed thoroughly.

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

Once dough is chilled preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Form dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet.

Use thumb to make indention in center of each cookie ball.

Spoon strawberry preserves into the center of each indentation….don’t overfill…they will bubble up while cooking.

Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Because of the SPLENDA the cookies will stay a light color so to gauge if they are done you will use a spatula to lift the cookie and check the bottom.  When the bottom is light brown then your cookies are done.

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Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe
 
Simple 5 ingredient thumbprint cookie recipe....perfect for cookie exchanges and baking with kids!
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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 8oz Low Fat Cream Cheese
  • 2 Sticks Butter melted (16 TBS)
  • ½ Cup SPLENDA Sugar Blend (equivalent to 1 cup of granulated sugar)
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Strawberry Preserves
Instructions
  1. Blend together melted butter and low fat cream cheese.
  2. Add in SPLENDA Sugar Blend and mix well.
  3. Slowly add in flour ½ cup at a time until all 2 cups are mixed thoroughly.
  4. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  5. Once dough is chilled preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  6. Form dough into small balls and place on cookie sheet.
  7. Use thumb to make indention in center of each cookie ball.
  8. Spoon strawberry preserves into the center of each indentation....don't overfill...they will bubble up while cooking.
  9. Place in oven and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
  10. Because of the SPLENDA the cookies will stay a light color so to gauge if they are done you will use a spatula to lift the cookie and check the bottom. When the bottom is light brown then your cookies are done.

These cookies are delicious and versatile….they’re my favorite cookie recipe for all the cookie exchange parties going on this time of year!  You can easily mix up the flavors by changing out the type of preserves or jelly that you use.  I’ve made these cookies using an Orange Marmalade that was oh so delicious…..or bring in Fall flavors with pumpkin butter or apple jelly….the combinations are endless!

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Strawberry Cheesecake Thumbprint Cookies Recipe

What’s your favorite holiday cookie recipe? Share in the comments below!

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Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
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