This sugar cookie cheesecake is the perfect Christmas dessert. It has a sugar cookie crust, a cheesecake filled with sugar cookie mix and a sugar cookie coffee creamer, and a whipped cream frosting made with pudding.
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Cheesecakes are sort of my thing. I love making every variation I can think of and I'm a pretty big fan of eating them too. I've got to tell you, out of all of the cheesecakes I've made this sugar cookie cheesecake is one of my favorites.
As soon as I tasted it, I was ready to share it with all of my friends and neighbors. (I have more neighbors than friends.) I was yelling to my husband to come out into the sunroom to give the cheesecake a try. He obliged and took a bite. I turned to look at him to see his expression and to no surprise, he had an incredibly grossed out look on his face.
He just loves to tease me. I gave my usual "WHATEVER!" and he started laughing and agreed that the cheesecake was pretty amazing.
Sugar Cookie Crust
I took a little shortcut on my sugar cookie crust. I knew I was going to want to add sugar cookie mix to my cheesecake so I just divided up a bag of sugar cookie mix to use.
After scooping a ½ of a cup of dry sugar cookie mix out of the bag, I dumped the rest into a bowl. Then I added some softened Cabot unsalted butter and an egg and stirred it until it came together. For a quicker solution, grab the hand mixer and beat it until a cookie dough forms.
Press the cookie dough into a parchment-lined 9.5" springform pan. I usually just lay the springform pan on my parchment paper and trace around it with a pencil. Then I cut inside of the circle to make my parchment circles and to make sure the pencil is all cut away.
Place into the oven and bake for 25 minutes until the center is set and the outer edge is golden brown. Let the crust cool while you're working on the sugar cookie cheesecake recipe.
How to Make Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
I start by adding the cream cheese, dry sugar cookie mix, and sugar to a bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until the cream cheese is smooth. Lumpy cheesecake is not very appealing.
Add in the vanilla extract and eggs one at a time and beat just until incorporated. To avoid lumps, scrape down the bowl after you add an ingredient.
Toss in the sour cream and frosted sugar cookie coffee creamer. Beat that in with a hand mixer. The batter will be pretty thin since we added a healthy dose of frosted sugar cookie coffee creamer. If you're on the hunt for the coffee creamer, I found mine at my Walmart.
To avoid the cheesecake sticking to the side of the springform pan, spray the sides of the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the cheesecake batter on top of the sugar cookie crust.
Wrap the pan with two layers of heavy-duty tin foil. This will help keep the water out of the cheesecake when you add it to your water bath. Fill a pan slightly larger than the springform pan with about an inch or a little less of hot water. Place it into the oven and then put your springform pan inside of it. This will prevent your cheesecake from cracking.
Bake the cheesecake at 325 until the center jiggles like jello and the sides are firm. My sugar cookie cheesecake baked for about an hour and 20 minutes. As you can see the top browned up and I'm okay with that. I was going to spread some of my whipped cream frosting with pudding on top of it, but I really liked the browned top with the whipped cream frosting.
Whipped Cream Frosting with Pudding
I have always loved whipped cream frosting! It's probably my favorite kind of frosting. It's so light and delicious. This whipped cream frosting with pudding is vanilla, but I also think the cheesecake flavored pudding would be phenomenal.
To make the frosting, begin by adding heavy cream and powdered sugar to a mixing bowl. I like to whip the frosting until soft peaks just begin to form. Dump the dry pudding mix into the whipped cream and beat until it's completely smooth. It may take about 30 seconds to 1 minute to smooth out.
Adding the whipped cream frosting with pudding to a piping bag with the 1M piping tip and pipe away!
Where do you find frosted sugar cookie creamer? I got mine at Walmart. It is seasonal.
Can I use different flavors of instant pudding mix? Yes! I recommend trying the cheesecake flavor.
Sugar Cookie Cheesecake
- 17.5 ounce package sugar cookie mix divided
- 7 tablespoons Cabot unsalted butter softened
- 1 large egg
- 24 ounces cream cheese room temperature
- sugar cookie mix (see directions)
- 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ¾ cup full-fat sour cream
- 1 cup frosted sugar cookie coffee creamer
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray the sides of the 9.5-inch springform pan with nonstick baking spray. Wrap the sides of the pan with a strip of parchment paper.
- Measure out ½ cup of sugar cookie mix from the bag and set it aside for the cheesecake batter.
- In a large mixing bowl, add in the sugar cookie mix, butter, and egg. Stir until a cookie dough ball forms. You can use a hand mixer to beat until the cookie dough forms.
- Press the sugar cookie dough evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan.
- Place in the oven and let bake for 25 minutes until the center is set and the edges are golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool while you work on the cheesecake filling.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the cream cheese, the ½ cup of sugar cookie mix, and granulated sugar. Beat with the hand mixer on medium until completely incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix again to avoid any lumps of cream cheese in your batter.
- Add in vanilla extract and eggs one at a time. Mix each egg completely before adding the next. Also scrape down the bowl after adding each egg.
- Add in the sour cream and frosted sugar cookie coffee creamer. Mix until incorporated.
- Just before adding the cheesecake mixture, wrap the outside of the springform pan with 2 layers of heavy-duty tin foil.
- Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the crust.
- Place the springform pan in a slightly larger baking pan. Fill the outer pan with 1 inch of water. This will keep the cheesecake from cracking.
- Reduce oven to 325 degrees.
- Place the cheesecake in the oven and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes or until done. To make sure the cheesecake is done, gently give it a wiggle. If it slightly jiggles in JUST the middle like jello, then it's done. If it jiggles all over, it needs to bake longer. Turn off the heat and crack the oven door slightly. Let it cool in the oven for 1 to 2 hours and place in the fridge to chill overnight. Add the frosting after it's chilled overnight.
- In a mixing bowl, add in the heavy cream and powdered sugar. Beat until soft peaks start to form.
- Add in the instant vanilla pudding mix. Continue to beat until it becomes thick and smooth.
- Add the frosting into a piping bag with a 1M tip. Pipe 10 to 12 swirls on top of the cheesecake.
- Add some Christmas sprinkles to the top of the swirls.
- Slice the cheesecake and serve!
(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)
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