Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

Simple lemon blueberry cheesecake cookies

that start with a muffin mix!

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

I am definitely one of those people who want something they can’t have until they can actually have it.  Last year I pined away for a particular purse.    I found the exact one I wanted on Ebay.  I would stare at it and “check in on it” until my husband asked if I wanted it for Christmas.  Suddenly, I didn’t want it anymore.   I’m annoying like that.   This year, when my husband asked me what I wanted for my birthday, my mouth said “I don’t know”, but my mind said “time”.  He clearly read my mind.  He had to visit family this weekend in Tennessee.  He offered to take the kids.  I didn’t have to go.  At first I was angry with him because now I had guilt.  Once  the thought that I would actually be all alone for an entire weekend ruminated in my mind for a night or two, I became giddy.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

I haven’t been alone for an entire 24 hour period in 10 years!  That’s a long time to be around continuous noise and distractions.  What on earth would I do with myself for a whole weekend?  The excitement kept building as I thought of all I could accomplish if I didn’t have to chauffeur anyone or break up fights.  I  was certain I would be a whirlwind of productivity!   But when the time came for them to go, I wasn’t as thrilled at the prospect of being alone.  In fact, I didn’t want it anymore.  I cried as I watched the mini van carrying the people closest to me  pulled away.

The afternoon hours passed just fine.  I shopped alone, I ate whatever I wanted and had total control of the tv!  It wasn’t until bed time that I became keenly aware of how big this house can feel.  I swear my  footsteps echoed as I wondered from room to room in the deafening silence.    I’ve never known a house to feel so hallow and vacant.  I hated it.  I wanted everyone back!  And talking to them on the phone made it worse.  It was painfully obvious that I was here and they were not.  Besides, I wasn’t used to being on the other end of the phone with my kids.  For 10 years I’ve been the one to hold up the phone for them.

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

While the nights were lonely, I made terrific use of my time during the daylight hours.   I did what any food blogger would do when faced with an abundance of alone time, I blogged and I baked!  I was a spit fire in the kitchen, it kept my mind off how much I missed my family.  I have been wanting to try my friend Julie’s White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies since she posted them.  I couldn’t find the raspberry muffin mix, so I made blueberry.  It only seemed natural to throw in some lemon zest, I mean lemon and blueberry go together like love and marriage right?   These cookies were so soft with a texture almost like cake.   Just sweet enough with a little tartness from the lemon.  The perfect cookie for my night of emotional eating!

I have about 3 hours left until my raucous crew returns.  I’m certain in no time I will complain about how loud they all are and I will no doubt be nagging them to do something.   That’s sort of my job.  But, it’s also my job to hug all of them as soon as they walk in the door.  And once I have sufficiently covered their faces in kisses, I’m going to stuff their mouths with cookies!

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Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Cookies

Ingredients

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon zested and juiced
  • 2 7 oz boxes Jiffy Blueberry Muffin Mix
  • ¾ cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 11oz package white Chocolate Chips (I used Ghirardelli)

Instructions

  1. Grease baking sheets and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, butter, shortening and brown sugar until creamy. Add in the eggs one at a time. Stir in lemons zest and lemon juice. Fold in muffin mix and flour until thoroughly mixed in. Stir in white chocolate chips. Refrigerate dough for 30-60 minutes.
  3. While dough is chilling, preheat the oven to 350. When dough is ready, roll dough in 1” balls and place on baking sheets. Bake for 10 minutes or until edges just start to brown. Remove to cooling racks.
  4. Makes 48
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52 Responses

  1. Love the lemon twist on these! I couldn’t find the Raspberry mix either and had to have my brother’s girlfriend search for it where she lives (in a bigger town). Think if I told my local grocery store they had to stock it they would?!

    • I didn’t actually check around the other grocery stores, I was lazy like that!

  2. I just love this recipe so much!!

  3. I love the idea of making cookies out of blueberry muffin mix! That’s such an amazing idea. And being alone rocks. My husband needs to make his yearly pilgrimage to his family in San Diego with Jordan…soon. :)

  4. The photos look great! The colors are awesome together. Keep up the good work!
    :) <3

  5. I totally get it. You think you want it until you have it. I was totally looking forward to BlogHer and then in tears as I walked out the door. These look amazing!!

    • Thank you for understanding Lisa! But I bet it was awesome being at Blogher!

  6. Hi Tanya – Love this recipe and of course, especially that it’s lemon! It is hard when the family is away and seems to lonely – but it’s that much sweeter when they come home! Enjoy your family time and thanks for sharing this recipe with us! Pinning!

  7. These look fabulous! And I know what you mean…I gripe when the kids don’t give me anytime to get anything done, but when they are gone, I just don’t know what to do with myself! Eating cookies sounds like a good plan however ;-)

    • Yes, cookies made the time pass for sure!

  8. I hear you on the missing the noise, but I;d kill for just a wee bit of alone time {and some of those cookies}

    • It was truly a gift Heather! The cookies were too!

  9. How exciting and sad at the same time when the fam is away. I so know how you feel. But look at everything you accomplished…you rock! These cookies are definitely going to be on my bake-soon-list! Pinning and sharing!

    • It turns out its kind of nice being alone (for a short time)! Thanks Gloria!

  10. A lemon-blueberry cheesecake is such a great dish, Tanya. Taking those flavors and using them to make cookies is even better. I bet your returning family loved them. What a nice way to welcome them home!

    • Thank you John, we absolutely LOVED these cookies!

  11. Cheesecake plus cookies? You’re freaking awesome, Tanya! These are perfect. Pinned!

    • Why thank you Julie! I appreciate the pin too!

  12. Oh YUM! Love blueberries and in cookies – divine!

  13. johnsie

    These look so good and I love lemon! I’d like to try these. The directions mention brown sugar, but brown sugar isn’t on the ingredient list? Thanks!

    • Johnsie, I added the amount. Thank you!

  14. !!!!! Lemon and blackberry in a cheesecake cookie? This sounds SO rockin’, Tanya!!

    • Thanks Hayley I thought it was rockin too!

  15. Good for you for having “me time.” You totally deserve it and it looks like you put your time to good use. I can’t imagine having alone time in 10 years! (I guess I have a rude awakening on my way!)

    • My advice Meghan take time from yourself right from the beginning! Thanks for stopping by today!

  16. Tanya these look awesome! I can see myself taking a big bit out of these soft chewy blueberry cookies! Pinning! :)

  17. A weekend alone? Oh God YES! I haven’t had one of those in a few years. I was still working full time and Mark took the kids to see his mom in Colorado. They were gone a whole week. I had to work a lot, but on my day off I sat on my bed watching Pride and Prejudice {the BBC 6-hour version with Colin Firth, hello gorgeous!} eating Chinese for dinner. Right out of the carton. The only thing that would have made it better are these cookies. Blueberry and lemon? Yes, please! Pinned :)

    • Rachel you did right! Lay in bed, watch tv and eat whatever you want!!! That’s what I’m doing next time. Hopefully, I won’t have to wait another 10 years!

  18. Oh wow, I love this recipe! I am definitely going to try this (but maybe without the lemon). I know how you feel about being alone in the house at night. I haven’t been completely alone, but when my husband is away I feel so lonely and scared at bedtime!

    • I totally get scared too! I’m a big chicken!

  19. Love these cookies! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  20. I’ve never had blueberries in cookies, looks delicious!

  21. Kathy

    I made these this weekend and brought them to my office today. They are a HUGE hit and so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing!!

    • That is awesome! Your coworkers are going to expect you to bring treats in all the time!

      • Kathy

        Actually, I just made them again (by popular demand!), this time with the raspberry mix, because the store was out of blueberry. They’re a big hit…again!!

  22. My daughter just saw these and insists I make them. I’ve got some blueberry muffin mix in the pantry. They are on the calendar for this week

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