Thursday, 25 November 2010

White chocolate cheesecake cookies


I have been waiting over a year for the chance to make these cookies! I spotted them on Laura's eternally entertaining blog Hungry and Frozen in June last year, but the right moment for a white chocolate cheesecake cookie had never arrived. Until now.

My variations on the recipe as written: I left out the 1/2 cup brown sugar, because a) it's fucking white chocolate, it doesn't need extra sweetness and b) I didn't want to mess with the white beauty of them; I used vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract; I substituted 1/2 cup of chopped dried apricots for some of the white chocolate chunks.

And the verdict? Oh yes! They are quite cakey, rather than being at all crisp; the cream cheese flavour pops out just enough to undercut the flavour of the white chocolate; the apricots were an excellent addition! It's a good thing I loved these, because the recipe makes thousands! I think you could substitute some slivered pistachios and cranberries for the apricots, to make wee festive red & green cookies, if you are still finalising your Christmas baking plans. Even if you don't, I really urge you to try these!

11 comments:

HH said...

I have made these too, they are great! I like the idea of cranberries and pistachios....I might have to give them another whirl with those additions.

mscrankypants said...

I have a favourite recipe for white chocolate and macadamia biscuits that can tend to sweetness, so the cream cheese is a clever addition. I wish I'd thought of it as I've said several times, gee, what could cut through the cloying sweetness a bit!

kat said...

Love your idea of adding cranberries & pistachios for the holidays, might have to try that.

Foodycat said...

HH - If it hadn't taken me two weeks (with help!) to eat them, I'd make them again tomorrow!

Cranky - macadamias would be an excellent addition.

Kat - your Christmas baking is so impressive, you probably don't need these, but I bet you would love them!

C said...

They look fab, truly delicious. Apricots sounds like a good addition to white choc, or I suppose cranberries would do the same job, as you say. Yum.

Debinhawaii said...

These do look delicious. Good idea to cut down on the sugar with the white chocolate too. ;-)

Barbara said...

I'm so glad you tried them! They look marvelous. Love the cream cheese addition and adding cranberries is a super holiday idea.

Foodycat said...

C - I think dried blueberries would be good too. Anything with a bit of tang!

Deb - It probably changed the texture a bit, but honestly, that much extra sugar? No.

Barbara - they were really delicious! Well worth featuring on your holiday table.

hungryandfrozen said...

Oh I'm glad you liked them! They're so amazingly good...I find it so hard not to eat all the mixture. Apricots sound like a lovely addition.

mickeyrenee said...

Wow! I was actually going to add your blog to my reading list until I saw the language. Seriously, there is no need for swearing to get your point across.

Foodycat said...

Actually, there is you sanctimonious bitch.

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