Cheesecake Crinkle Cookies 

No joke, these are the best homemade crinkle cookies I ever had and they were so easy to prepare!

No chilling time in the fridge, no waiting. These are some of the keywords I look for when searching for a cookie recipe. And this one has it all! Not to mention the bonuses – a gorgeous chocolate flavour which is magically enhanced with a little bit of espresso. Or the fudgy texture that almost feels like a brownie. Yum!!

What are crinkle cookies?

Unlike traditional cookies, crinkle cookies can be distinguished first of all through their unique crackled appearance thanks to the powdered sugar they’re rolled in right before going into the oven. As for the texture, these cookies are dense, fudgy and have an almost brownie-like texture. They are super delicious and I am yet to meet a person who doesn’t like them!

Why should you make this recipe?

Here are a few reasons…

  • You are looking for an easy cookie recipe that takes less than 15 min. to prepare.
  • No chilling time is needed for these cookies!  
  • You want to treat yourself. Or your friends. Or just yourself.


Butter – Needs to be at room temperature for this recipe. 

Brown & caster sugar – The combination of brown & caster sugar gives these crinkle cookies the moist needed to create that amazing fudgy texture.

Eggs – Eggs give the moisture and structure needed for these crinkle cookies.

Vanilla extract – Enhances the taste and gives the cookies an amazing flavour.

Flour – For this recipe, I used all-purpose flour and I would advise against using another type since it will affect the texture.

Baking powder – The leavening agent used for this recipe was baking powder

Cocoa powder – To give that rich chocolatey flavour I used cocoa powder in this recipe.

Espresso powder – I love adding a little bit of espresso powder to these cookies to give them a more intense chocolate flavour, but you can totally skip this ingredient if you don’t have it in your kitchen. I do highly recommend using it because it really enhances that cocoa flavour that we all want in our chocolate cookies.  

Powdered sugar – This is needed to give that unique crackled top to the cookies!

Tips for recipe success

  • Do not chill your dough before baking! Chilling the dough will not allow the cookies to spread. If you do want to make the dough in advance, make sure to bring it back to room temp before putting the cookies in the oven. 
  • Do not overbake these crinkle cookies! They should still be a little gooey in the middle when taken out of the oven!

Cheesecake Crinkle Cookies 

Course: DessertsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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O M G! These Cheesecake Crinkle Cookies are so decadent, soft, and filled with cream cheese – perfect for a super easy treat for the weekend!


  • Cookie dough
  • 115g softened butter

  • 100g brown sugar

  • 70g caster sugar

  • 2 eggs (room temp)

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 150g flour

  • 1 + 1/2 tsp baking powder

  • 50g cocoa powder

  • 1 tsp espresso powder (optional but highly recommended!)

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 50g powdered sugar

  • Filling
  • 100g cream cheese

  • 50g powdered sugar

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Preheat the oven to 180C / 350F & line a baking tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, brown sugar, and caster sugar until fluffy and light.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  • Sift the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder, salt, and espresso powder on top of the wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  • To make the filling, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract.
  • Fill a small bowl with 50g powdered sugar.
  • Use a cookie scoop (or a tablespoon) to scoop cookies out. Once the dough is in the cookie scoop, take out a teaspoon of dough and put it aside. Then add in about a teaspoon of cream cheese filling and put back on top of the remaining dough that you just took out. Make sure to cover the cream cheese filling entirely!
  • Roll each cookie ball in the powdered sugar to coat completely. Place the cookies on the parchment paper leaving enough space in between (because they will spread a bit!)
  • Depending on your oven, bake the cookies for 13 – 15 minutes or until the cookies have puffed up and cracked, but are still gooey in the center.
  • Allow to cool before serving and enjoy!

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