Pomegranate Cheesecake Cookies Recipe

 Pomegranate Cheesecake Cookies from It's Yummi!


I can’t believe a whole month has flown by and it’s time for another installment of the blogger CREATIVE COOKIE EXCHANGE!

The theme this month is Put on Your Red and Pink for Valentine’s Day!  The Creative Cookie Exchange group has decided to stop using the link party tool like we’ve used in previous months. What this means is that the only way to join in the fun is to become a co-host/contributor of the group.
If you’re interested, just contact Laura at thespicedlife AT gmail DOT com and she will get you added to our Facebook group, where we discuss our cookies and share links.

You can also just use us as a great resource for cookie recipes–be sure to check out our Facebook page, our Pinterest Board, and our monthly posts. You will be able to find them the first Tuesday after the 15th of each month! Also, if you are looking for inspiration for Valentine’s Day, check out what all of the hosting bloggers have made so far:

  • Valentine Heart Cookies from Noshing With The Nolands
  • Pomegranate Cheesecake Cookies from It’s Yummi! (THAT’S ME!)


    Pomegranate Cheesecake Cookies from It's Yummi!


    I really wanted to cross an item off of my culinary bucket list and make pomegranate French macarons for this post, but I didn’t have the full day that I knew I’d need to devote to making them, so they’ll have to wait.  It WILL happen this year. Pinky promise :)

    In the meantime, I had a fresh container of pomegranate arils in the fridge, and while I would have been as happy as a pig in mud just tossing them into my Greek yogurt in the morning, I decided to use them to make the pretty pink cheesecake filling in these pomegranate cheesecake cookies. After all, with a theme like Valentine’s Day pink and red, these cookies fit the bill perfectly. For the cookie base, I used my recipe for “Boo’s Best” Chocolate Chip Cookies, but I swapped lemon extract for the vanilla and I left out the chocolate chips.

    Speaking of Valentine’s Day, this will be my first one as a married woman.  I’m not kidding when I say I’m swooning over the idea of making a romantic dinner for Brian.  I’m filling up my Pinterest boards with dinner ideas like a crazy girl.  You ARE following me on Pinterest, aren’t you?


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    5.0 from 4 reviews
    Pomegranate Cheesecake Cookies Recipe
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    Recipe Category: Dessert
    Cuisine: Cookies
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    Buttery lemon cookies filled with creamy pomegranate cheesecake filling, then drizzled with white chocolate. The perfect sweet treat for Valentine's Day!

    • Cookies
    • 8 ounces sifted all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 2 Tablespoons shortening
    • 3 ounces granulated sugar
    • 4 ounces packed brown sugar
    • 1 whole egg, plus 1 egg yolk
    • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

    • Pomegranate cheesecake batter
    • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
    • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
    • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
    • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils, plus 1/4 cup for garnish
    • 1 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar
    • 6 ounces white chocolate (I use Ghiradelli white chocolate buttons)
    1. Heat oven to 350 F. (325 convection)
    2. Spray a mini muffin pan with non-stick spray and set aside.

    3. Cookies
    4. In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, shortening, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and lemon extract on high speed until creamy and combined, about 2 minutes.
    5. Add egg and yolk, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in flour mixture on low speed or by hand. Don't over mix or your cookies will be tough and dry.
    6. Bake at 350 F. for 12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned. Remove from oven and immediately use the end of a wooden spoon to form an indentation in the middle of each cookie, leaving a small edge around the outside; Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. While cookies are cooling, make the cheesecake batter.

    7. Pomegranate cheesecake batter
    8. To a small mixing bowl, add cream cheese, butter, and lemon extract. Use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Slowly add powdered sugar, 1/3 cup at a time, scraping down sides of mixing bowl as needed.

    9. Assembly
    10. Add 1 Tablespoon of cheesecake batter into the center of each cookie.
    11. Use 1/4 cup pomegranate arils to garnish the tops of the cookies.
    12. Melt white chocolate over a double boiler and drizzle chocolate over the top of each cookie. Transfer to a refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.
    13. Cookies must be stored in refrigerator.

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  1. says

    Ha I don’t think my husband and I celebrated Valentine’s Day when we were dating let alone when we got married! Of course it doesn’t help that his birthday is 4 days before–usually we are busy with that. How are your plans going? 😀 Love these cookies, and love the idea of lemon in CCC dough….

    • says

      Gloria, if you only knew how many times I’ve WANTED to attempt macarons! I keep chickening out, and I honestly don’t know why. I have visions of pretty feet and smooth buttercream, but I fear the worst 😉

  2. says

    they look yummy! I’ve never imagined a pomegranate cheesecake cook before! that’s great!

    • says

      Let me tell you, Sir… your purchase will be WELL worth it! Pomegranates are absolutely delicious, and the best part is, you don’t have to deal with the mess of removing the arils from the pomegranate, because there are companies like Pom Wonderful and RubiFresh who sell containers of pomegranate arils ready to eat! :)

    • says

      I hope you’re able to try them, Felice… they’re SO delicious! You can buy the arils ready-to-eat so that you don’t have to deal with the mess of removing them from the pomegranate directly. I buy containers of Pom Wonderful’s “Pom Poms” at the grocery store :)

  3. Karen @ Baking In A Tornado says

    Those cookies look amazing, and I love that they look like mini muffins. I need to buy some pomegranate arils I keep forgetting to look for them in the grocery store.

    • says

      They really are freaking delicious, Karen! If you want to cut more corners, you can buy refrigerated cookie dough… wham bam, instant dessert!
      I buy my pomegranate arils at Sam’s Club. I get 2 large containers for $8 and when I buy them at the grocery store, it’s $5 for a SMALL container.

  4. Rosemary Wilcher says

    Thanks for posting this recipe! I’m planning on making it very soon, because I had bought a pomegranate recently! They sure look so yummy. and adding a cheesecake makes it even better!


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