These Lemon Cheesecake Cookies are made with store-bought shortbread cookies and are simply delicious. Filled with a yummy two-flavor cheesecake filling, these cookies are quick and easy to make and ready in just 15 minutes! Perfect for summer garden parties or afternoon tea, or as a sweet treat for yourself on a sunny summer’s day!
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Lemon Cheesecake Cookies
The full ingredients list and instructions are found in the printable recipe card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through so that you don’t miss any tips or substitution suggestions and to ensure that you have all the ingredients and equipment required as well as understand the steps and timings involved.
Lemon-flavored foods are some of my favorites – both in savory and sweet dishes. I love the tart taste of fresh lemons, that can cut through the sweetness of desserts like these cookies that are sandwiched together with a lemon cheesecake filling.
The shortbread cookies themselves are store-bought making this recipe super quick, but of course, if you want to bake cookies from scratch then please do!
The filling is made very simply with cream cheese, sugar, and lemon curd, and there is actually another filling that you can make and use – berry cheesecake – made in the same way, but using a berry jam instead of lemon curd.
Mix the cheesecake fillings together for a delicious combination of flavors, or have lemon cheesecake cookies and berry cheesecake cookies. The choice is always yours.
I think these cookies look so pretty and would be perfect for an afternoon tea – perhaps for a summer bridal shower or baby shower? Here are some more Afternoon Tea Recipes for you to look at next.
Ingredients Used In This Recipe
You may already have some of the standard ingredients used in this recipe such as powdered sugar and cream cheese, however for your convenience, I’ve linked any specialized ingredients needed for this recipe to Amazon below.
- Lemon Curd – a dessert spread and topping that tastes divine! Available in jars and made with fruit, butter, sugar, and eggs.
- Berry Jam – use any flavor berry you like! Blackberry, raspberry, strawberry, or even mixed berry.
- Round Shortbread Cookies – such as Sandies in the USA, or Walker’s Shortbread Rounds in the UK
- Large Nonpareils – these are large round sprinkles (Wilton call them Jumbo) available in a variety of colors.
For my UK readers: When I go on vacation to the USA, I like to stock up on my favourite American food products and ingredients, so you’ll find them used in some of the recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog. Luckily, we can buy a lot of American ingredients online these days, and in supermarkets (check the World Foods aisle!) which is awesome! (Although sometimes the price can be on the high side…) When I use American ingredients in recipes that I share on my blog, I always aim to suggest British alternatives or include Amazon affiliate links to where you can buy them online.
Equipment used in this recipe
You are likely to have many standard cooking tools in your kitchen but I’ve added some Amazon links for your convenience should you need to use something specific for this recipe.
- Piping Bag – you can just snip off the end to pipe the filling onto the cookies, or use a round piping tip.
- Dessert Decorating Tool – if you’re not confident with a piping bag, using this type of tool is a great option.
- Handheld or Stand Mixer
Lemon Cheesecake Cookie Recipe Tips
- This recipe uses ready-made shortbread cookies to make this recipe super quick and easy. However, you can bake the cookies from scratch if you wish.
- The cheesecake filling is simple to make using cream cheese and sugar – then flavored with either fruit curd or jam.
- You can mix up the flavors of the cheesecake filling – why not try another flavored fruit curd such as orange or passion fruit? And pair it up with other flavored jams like cherry or damson. There are so many combos you could experiment with!
- You can serve these as sandwich cookies with the filled jammed between two shortbread rounds, or as open face cookies. Why not mix and match!
- These lemon cheesecake cookies are decorated with large nonpareils which are essentially large round sprinkles. Use complementary colors depending on the filling in your cookies.
- Or decorate the cookies with other pretty things like flower icing decorations, a curl of lemon zest, or even fresh edible flowers dipped in sugar.
More Cookies Recipes
Need some more cookie recipes? Take a look at these next:
How Do I Make Lemon Cheesecake Cookies?
Just check out the recipe card below with full ingredients, instructions, and demonstration photos. You can print the card out too (don’t worry, the pics don’t print to save your ink!).
- 20 round shortbread cookies
- 8 oz / 225g cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup powdered sugar (icing sugar)
- 1 tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tbsp cornstarch (cornflour)
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup lemon curd
- ½ cup berry jam
- Large nonpareils
- Mix the cream cheese, sugars, cornstarch, and milk together with an electric mixer (stand or handheld). Split the mixture into two small bowls.
- Mix lemon curd into one bowl of cream cheese mixture and the berry jam into another.
- Place the lemon cheesecake mixture into a piping tool or bag fitted with a round tip and pipe onto a cookie.
- Using a small spoon, swirl in the berry mixture, then top with a dollop of lemon.
- Place a cookie on top to make the sandwich.
- Add a small dot of lemon in the center of the top cookie and place on large nonpareils to decorate.
- Store in the refrigerator.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 194mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g
This site uses Nutritionix to provide estimated nutrition. Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.
Make It A Meal!
These cookies would be great for a garden party or afternoon tea, so here are some recipes that I think would make a great full meal!
- Appetizer: Gazpacho
- Sandwich: Shrimp Slaw Sandwich with Garlic Lemon Aioli
- Salad: Greek Orzo Salad with Feta
- Beverage: Blackberry Vodka Cocktail
- Cupcakes: Fruit Salad Cupcakes
There are 500+ Recipes on The Purple Pumpkin Blog for you to enjoy – please feel free to check them out too!