Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles

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Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles are so much better than the average cookie! This snickerdoodle recipe is any cinnamon lover’s dream baked into reality. These sweet, creamy cookies are absolutely perfect for any occasion!


I am in a book club.

It’s definitely not lame.


You wanna know why?

Because sometimes books get turned into movies.

So, in the name of research you get to go watch a great movie with a bunch of your friends.

It’s really a sweet deal.

Men get poker, we get book clubs.  It’s the way it works in middle America.

This past weekend my fellow book clubbers and I went to the movies to see The Help.

We read the book many months ago and were all very excited.

Here’s the thing..lots of women loved this book, so opening weekend of The Help was a crowded affair.

We purchased our tickets in advance and arrived a full hour before showtime to ensure optimal seating.

Apparently the folks that run the theater anticipated a large turn-out for the show and created a “corral” of sorts.  A space where we could stand in order awaiting our entrance into the show.

My friends and I stood obediently inside the designated area, waiting patiently as time ticked by.  What we began to notice, however, was that many weren’t respecting the “corral”.  They just sauntered by us, sniggering to themselves, and approached the theater entrance with no consequence.  Of course the penned up ladies surrounding me started stirring.  I felt an uprising commence.

How DARE people not stand in line? We were here EARLY! We purchased our tickets on the INTERNET!  We have RIGHTS!

The stir quickly became a roar when the theater doors opened and the non-line-waiters got in first.  Travesty!  By my recollection it was nothing short of a stampede.  I can only compare it to running with the bulls in Pamplona…the corralled women being the bulls and the line-snubbers being the foolish people who choose to run with them.

The men that run the cinema were clearly not prepared for The Help-pocolypse because as soon as women started yelling about line respecting and ticket pre-ordering they shut down like my husband does at the mention of  “feelings”.

One of my friends, who has more assertion than I do, asked one of the line cutting culprits if she hadn’t noticed the dozens of women waiting?  “Do lines mean nothing to you?“, I believe were her exact words.  Well, apparently this woman had some pent up anger that she needed to unleash, because she started yelling…actually I think the correct terminology is “going postal”.  It was frankly, hilarious.

This woman’s pre-chick flick rage made me feel all at once embarrassed for my gender and entertained beyond measure.  Kinda like any given episode of Real Housewives.

The lesson here my friends is don’t mess with women who have been corralled…they tend to lose their grace.  This is why I never plan on going to jail.

Plus, it appears that Book Club is just a whisper away from Fight Club..any given day, my friends.

Soft Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodle Recipe

After a night on the streets town with my friends I need comfort food.

These cookies are every bit of comfort you could possibly need and they are as good as they sound.

Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles.

How to Make Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles:

They take a few more steps than a regular snickerdoodle, but it’s worth it.

Start with your dough…

Then you have to follow a few easy steps…this is what makes them special.

Now roll them in your cinnamon sugar mixture.

And after a little chill time you bake them up.  They look like regular snickerdoodles…all pretty and cinnamony.

But when you bite into them they reveal their secret…it’s a good one…creamy filling.  De Nada.


Cream Cheese filled Snickerdoodles

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 23 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


Cream Cheese Filled Snickerdoodles are so much better than the average cookie! This snickerdoodle recipe is any cinnamon lover’s dream baked into reality. These sweet, creamy cookies are absolutely perfect for any occasion!



  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup room temp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla


  1. Make the cream cheese filling by mixing the cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp vanilla. I used my hand mixer for this.
  2. Cover the cream cheese mixture and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 400°
  4. Cream butter and 1 1/2 cup sugar until fluffy.
  5. Add eggs and 1 tsp vanilla. Mix until combined.
  6. On low speed mix in your flour, cream of tartar, baking soda and salt. Set dough to the side.
  7. In a small bowl combine remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 2 tsp cinnamon, set that aside as well.
  8. Remove the cream cheese mixture from the refrigerator.
  9. For each cookie you will need 2 flattened balls of dough, 1 Tbsp each. (The flattened disk will be approx 2″ in diameter)
  10. Place 1 tsp of the cream cheese mixture on top of one of the flattened dough disks. Then place the other flattened dough on top of the cream cheese. Pinch the edges together to seal.
  11. Carefully form into a ball and roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture. Place on a plate as you finish making each and refrigerate. Before baking the cookies they should chill for 15 minutes.
  12. When the dough is chilled bake on a parchment lined baking sheet 2″ apart for 8 minutes.
  13. Transfer to wire rack to cool.


Store in an airtight container, refrigerate if keeping for more than 1 day

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Lisa Iudiciani
Lisa Iudiciani

THESE ARE AMAZING. And such a crowd pleaser. Definitely follow all the instructions – chill the dough, chill the filling, etc. It’s worth the extra time/effort. Will make them again!


I made these for a holiday potluck and everyone went crazy over them,saying they were the best snicker doodles they ever had!
One question though. My cookies stayed puffed high instead of sort of flat like in your picture. What might I have done different?

Thanks for sharing.

Lisa lambey
Lisa lambey

Snicker doodle cookies with cream cheese filling


I just made these and they were DELICIOUS. They had a great texture. I was worried they wouldn’t have enough cinnamon but they definitely had just the right amount. Thanks so much!

The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook

By the way, I’m still laughing at your “corralled women” comment. Haha! 😀

The Kook @ The Kitchen Kook

Mmm. I used this recipe to make some regular, classic snickerdoodles (because I’m not a big fan of cream cheese!). And they were still perfectly delicious! So soft, chewy, and buttery!


Any idea about how to get more cream cheese in the middle of the cookie? Mine always absorbs into the dough and when I try to add more, it oozes out the sides of the dough when I try to make it into a ball.



I love the way these cookies look (and taste)! I made stuffed snickerdoodles in the past, but they did not turn out nearly as well as these. Today I tried stuffing another cooking and followed your suggestions on how to chill the filling, the best way to stuff the cookies, etc. I am happy to report the cookies were a success.

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Appreciate the recommendation. Will try it


Yummy, I like 🙂


I came for the cookies, am pinning them, but it was the hysterical corralled women that prompted me to comment. Great post!


hey! i really liked this recipe but i have a problem because i can’t find cream of tartar and i would like to know if I can replace it with something else…


I am so glad I found Kristan, a.k.a. Cookbook Queen, because I found you (and also Christy, The Girl Who Ate Everything) and I’m having a blast trying out everyone’s recipes! From your site I made the Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles and pretty much ate half the batch all by myself! I’m a cinnamon nut so these are my new favorite, especially because they’re so soft and oh-so-yummy! Already made my second batch this week (my husband, daughter and mom-in-law devoured the other half!). Trying to decide what to make next!


ive tried these cookies twice and they taste good but they’re never flat and chewy! theyre always big and biscuity no matter how small i make the ball. help!


First Holy Communion was this weekend, and I made all the desserts from scratch. I made these with leftover cream cheese filling from another recipe. The other recipe had an egg in the filling, so I was at a loss as to how to use it up. What a success! My mother-in-law called and told me I should open a bakery!! Thank you for the assist.


Could you make these in a muffin top pan? What adjustments would you make?


Stacy J
Stacy J

I made these tonight and they are awesome!!! Thank you!!!


Hey! I just made these and they are to die for!! I just was wondering do they need to be stored in the refrigerator?

Anna Beth Weber

I followed your recipe exactly and my cookies come out like dead jellyfish washed ashore at high tide.


I made these cookies not that long ago! They were sooo delicious! I made the dough a little too bit so they turned out huge but they were still so good!!


I added an egg yolk to my cream cheese mixture to help the filling bake up more firmly and we just tried the first ones and WOW, great addition to an already good cookie. Thanks for the recipe.

Andrea Saunders

how do you store them? I want to make some for Sunday, but don’t want to have to make them on Sunday. And are they still good the next day.


I love snickerdoodles and I love cream cheese…. Why have I not thought of putting them together?!?!? lol.
I’d appreciate it if you’d stop by my little blog and join in on my linky party called A Themed Baker’s Sunday where the theme this week is Chocolate! Love to see a recipe from you this week!
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Oh my goodness….these cookies are just AHHHmazzing!!! I just made them with my two girls….even though it is a long process and there was a huge mess and dough all over the place and dirty hands (oh boy!!!) the outcome was so worth it!! will definitely be making them again….Thanks so much!!! delish!!

Teresa Organ
Teresa Organ

My husband and I made these but our dough came out real sticky so we added more flour. Also, our cookies did not turn out flat like the ones in the picture. They do look good enough to eat…..which we will do.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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