Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

July 8, 2013

I seem to be a big fan of stuffing cheese inside of things.  Until a week or so ago, this was limited to savory recipes but when I made the base of these cookies and they were lacking a little something, I knew a sweetened cream cheese was the answer.  The cookie part actually came to be when I was trying to make some kind of cookie cup, and instead just made a delicious mess.  I’ll get it one of these days, so I can fill them with ice cream or fruit or pudding or any of a million delicious ideas floating around in my head.  But for now, these stuffed cookies are tasty enough to keep my interest.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

This is kind of an odd selling point, but they remind me of a homemade version of a Pop Tart.  Kind of like the frosting-less (the only kind a vegetarian can have!) cinnamon variety, but with a mega upgrade to the filling.  If you wanted to kick it up another notch, a little bit of applesauce or jelly mixed into the cream cheese would be perfect.  Or even a whole berry or chunk of apple for a fruity surprise.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Cookies

Seriously, you’re still reading? Go make these now.  I know it’s been a long weekend and you’ve eaten everything in sight, but these are seriously so easy to make, super delicious, and not terrible for you (whole grain flours, they’re practically health foods!).  Go make `em nowwwww.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Cinnamon Sugar Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 12

  • 8 oz fat free cream cheese (or vegan cream cheese)
  • 3 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin coconut oil (or other oil)
  • ½ c sugar
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • 6 – 8 tbsp. milk (I used unsweetened almond)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ c oat flour
  • 1 c white whole wheat flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • extra cinnamon and sugar for tops of cookies

  1. Preheat the oven to 485F.
  2. Soften the cream cheese (either at room temperature or in the microwave) and stir in 3 tbsp. sugar and 1 tsp vanilla extra. Place in freezer while mixing up cookie dough.
  3. If your coconut is not melted, microwave for a few seconds. Stir in remaining sugars, milk (Start with 6 tbsp.), and vanilla.
  4. Add the flours, salt, cinnamon, and baking powder to the liquid mixture. Stir until just combined, adding the extra 2 tbsp. (one at a time) to the mixture if necessary.
  5. Roll the cookie dough into 1 – 2 tbsp. sized balls. You should have around 24. Flatten two of the balls, add a dollop of cream cheese mixture to one and seal the second over the top. Gently fold any extra dough underneath the large stuffed cookie to help seal it shut. Repeat for all of the cookies.
  6. Mix about a tsp of sugar with a few shakes of cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of the cookies and bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Let cool before serving.

Depending on how skilled you are at stuffing your cookies, you’ll probably only use about half of the cream cheese mixture. You can cut that portion of the recipe in half (4 oz cream cheese, 1½ tbsp. sugar, ½ tsp vanilla) or use the extra as a topping for your cookies. Nutritional estimate includes all cream cheese.
Store at room temp for up to a day and in the fridge after that.
For a GF option, I recommend using a GF flour blend in place of the wheat flour and NOT using 100% oat flour.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 200


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    beautyeverydiy Jul 19, 2013

    HEEELLLLL YES. Stuffing cheese into anything is genius. And snickerdoodle cookies stuffed with cream cheese is basically heaven in my mouthhole.

      Kelly Jul 18, 2013

      Hope you like them!

    Erin @ Texanerin Baking Jul 18, 2013

    These look like buns! They’re huge. 😀 I love huge bun-sized cookies. Especially ones that are whole grain and stuffed! Jul 17, 2013

    These cookies sound so delicious. I love the spices and yes stuffing! I cannot resist a healthy stuffed cookie.

    Laura Jul 16, 2013

    Wow it seems too good to be true that these are healthy as well! Definitely trying this recipe! Delicious!

    Joanne Jul 13, 2013

    As someone who is cream cheese frosting-obsessed…I say stuff any and everything with this good stuff!

    Kalyan Jul 12, 2013

    Just mouthwatering….looks delicious!

    Tina @ Tins's Chic Corner Jul 10, 2013

    Awesome idea! Not to mention that fact that these cookies look absolutely delicious. 🙂

    Natalie Jul 10, 2013

    Oh wow these things look amazing, anything stuffed with cream cheese is my kind of recipe!

    ashley Jul 10, 2013

    These are so awesome! I love stuffed cookies!

    IHeartVegetables Jul 09, 2013

    I’m not sure I’ve ever even HAD a pop tart, haha. Crazy! But these look AMAZING!!! I’ll take 2 😉

    makingthymeforhealth Jul 09, 2013

    Oh my, these look SO GOOD! And I have to say, it takes skill to stuff cookies like that, great job! I want to try one now…like, right now! 🙂

      Kelly Jul 09, 2013

      Thanks! Sticking the cream cheese in the freeze for a few minutes definitely helps keep it easy to work with.

    Becky @ Olives n Wine Jul 09, 2013

    These would make a perfect breakfast!!! I love anything stuffed with cream cheese and these would be an easy grab ‘n’ go option. Yummy 🙂

      Kelly Jul 09, 2013

      I can’t believe I didnt think about having these for breakfasT! Sounds like the best morning ever.

    Marcie Jul 09, 2013

    You’ve outdone yourself, Kelly! I totally approve of stuffing cheese in things, especially when it’s cream cheese in a cookie. Spectacular idea!

      Kelly Jul 09, 2013

      Thanks 🙂

    moderngirlnutrition Jul 09, 2013

    I read the title- you’re a genius!! 😉 I love cinnamon on anything and everything

    Reeni Jul 08, 2013

    You’re a genius! I’m utterly in love – these are nothing short of heavenly! I bet they’re major addictive. All the more reason to make them.

    Sally Jul 08, 2013

    I adore these! I have never tried to stuff cream cheese into cookies and boy, I am glad you opened my eyes up to it!

      Kelly Jul 09, 2013

      I expect to see your version of a crazy tasty cream cheesed stuffed cookie, ASAP!

    Ashley Bee Jul 08, 2013

    Ohh I love stuffed cookies! A little extra sweetness and moisture bring the best out in a cookie, I think.

    Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen Jul 08, 2013

    I haven’t had poptarts in years but I would take these cookies over poptarts any day! Love the filling!

    Julia Jul 08, 2013

    Just when I think sugar cookies couldn’t possibly get any better, you stuff them with cream cheese…this is brilliant! I hope you had an excellent holiday, lady!

    Em @ Love A Latte Jul 08, 2013

    Of course these look fantastic even though I’ve had about a million desserts over the weekend! 🙂

    cleaneatingveggiegirl Jul 08, 2013

    I had no idea that vegetarians cannot eat most Pop Tarts. It is a good thing that I have not eaten any in years. Do they have gelatin in them, or something? Please educate me! 😉

      Kelly Jul 08, 2013

      Yeah, the frostings all contain gelatin (even the cute little drizzles). Nature’s Path has organic toaster pastries (with frosting) that are vegetarian, but sometimes I just get so nostaglic and wish I could have a S’mores pop tart.. I’ve even tried to make my own before!