Cream Cheese filled Snickerdoodles

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.


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.

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


makes 24 cookies



  • 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


One last thing…go see The is really good…and worth every bit of dignity lost.

107 Responses

    1. Sweet treat right? Snickerdoodles were always present on my simple dessert lists.

      Btw, your experience on the cinema was really funny. I can imagine if I was there, I might crack a laugh at the whole scene with the corralled woman. haha. 😀
      And thanks for sharing the recipe too.

  1. Well…you ARE a real housewive and you ARE from New Jersey…so what more could you really expect? 😛 (JK you know I <3<3<3 you!)

    Mmm cream cheese filling…equally as good as cream cheese frosting…which we all know is a miracle unto itself.

  2. I went and saw The Help with my mother-in-law and the theater was PACKED with rowdy older women. I kept teasing her that her people were out representin’. 😉

    These cookies are genius. Best flavor combo ever, hands down.

  3. Can I just say, as a fellow rule-follower, that line cutters annoy me beyond belief! I would have been the friend that just couldn’t help but say something. Oh and cream cheese filled snickerdoodles?! YUM!!

  4. I need to read that book still before I hit up the movie. And I don’t think your book club is lame, because I’ve been trying to get my friends to do one for awhile! Our schedules are not consistent enough :-(. But I love any cookie, let alone one stuffed with cream cheese, woo!

  5. Amy K

    These look delicious! I read the book, and can’t wait to see the movie. Your experience is unbelievable….seriously, what are some people thinking? Despite all that, I’m glad you were still able to enjoy the movie though!

  6. These look utterly wonderful 🙂 I loved the taste of the raspberry cream cheese chocolate cookies I made and posted about a while back but they were such a pain in the bum to make! The dough and filling of yours looks SO much more managable so im definitely hoping to try these out 🙂

  7. Having travelled to many places where there once was British rule, I have experiences the wonders of qeueing. I myself come from a country that doesn’t qeue. We push and pile. We crowd the doors from the train to make sure no one will make it in before us, succesively preventing people to exit that same train. We crowd and have no respect for entering in the order we arrived.
    Having seen a qeue, it still ticks me of big time if people cut in line.
    This made me laugh so hard. And then to think I just clicked on a recipe for snickerdoodles…

  8. That is flippin’ *hilarious* I am seeing The Help tomorrow with a friend. Perhaps I’ll bake up a batch of these little gems to “make fiends” with all of the pent up crazies out there. 🙂

  9. Elizabeth

    i love your blog Your so funny! I was cracking up so much my boyfriend in the other room had to see what was so funny! I also love your recipes thanks for sharing!

  10. Holy Moly! I am ready to make them right now! They look and sound amazing! Darn I do not have any cream cheese! I am going to the grcoery store tomorrow!! Thanks for shairng!!

  11. Who doesn’t like cream cheese? I personally love it. I have a recipe using cream cheese that turns brussel sprout haters to brussel sprout cheerleaders with my bacon wrapped stuffed (with cream cheese) brussel sprouts

  12. Snickerdoodles are my husbands FAVORITE…his second favorite? Cream cheese anything. I think that I will probably make these for him sometime and not tell him that there is a surprise in the middle 🙂 How fun!

  13. How funny! I just laughed out loud reading this. My book club group also read The Help, and we’re going to see the movie this Sunday.
    Also, I’ve made snickerdoodles countless times in the past, and it never occurred to me to put cream cheese in the middle! That looks amazing!

  14. Laura just sent me this post and this was my response:

    Who is this person and why aren’t we friends with her?

    Seriously. You might be the 4th Roecker sister. If so, we’ve been looking for you a long, long time. Our family is kind of a nightmare but we eat homemade spaghetti a lot and sometimes our younger sister makes stuff for us for free. She’s like Martha Stewart only skinnier and less judgy,

  15. megan

    can’t remember if I already posted, but had to thank you for:
    1) adding the print tab for us…SO NICE!!!!
    2) this recipe! It’s the “new cookie” I’m planning on for the Christmas baking extravaganza!!!

  16. Oh my….I simply must stop reading these treat posts if I’m going to stick to my healthy living challenge I posted today!

    The scene you depicted was hilarious though I’m sure not fun to live through. I’d love if my friends started a book club. I may have to instigate it. Feel out the peeps on facebook!!

    New follower here!

  17. Meredith F.

    When I read the last line about Book Club being a whisper away from Fight Club, my mind went to Jackie Jormp-Jomp episode of 30 Rock. Made me crack up!

  18. Danielle

    I made these and they were FANTASTIC! I had 2 problems however and was wondering if anyone could give me any advice. The first was that they stuck to the parchment paper, which seemed strange, there was plenty of butter in the dough and I didn’t roll them in any more sugar mixture than I would regular snickerdoodles, any suggestions? Also they had a great cream cheese filling the night I baked them, but by the next morning, all the cream cheese had absorbed into the dough making the cookies extremely moist and delicious, but the distinct filling that is so wonderful in these cookies was missing. I’m thinking maybe I didn’t put enough cream cheese in them to begin with because I was left with about 1/3 of the filling by the time the cookies were all made, but I felt like if I stuffed them any fuller I wouldn’t have been able to roll them back into balls. I’m not a very experience baker, so if someone could kindly spell out exactly what I’m doing wrong I’d really appreciate the help 🙁

    1. shelly

      HI Danielle! Glad you made them…you might try baking it a little longer and adding a little more cream cheese…These are best the day you make them, but I think if you can’t noticeably see the cream cheese the next day you might try and add a bit more.
      As for the sticking, I have no idea!! You could lightly spray the parchment with baking spray to help prevent further sticking, but only lightly.
      THanks so much for the feedback!

  19. Monica

    I tried to make these today and they didn’t come out good at all. My dough was all sticky and gooey…not at all like your photo. I did everything exactly like you did. I wonder where I went wrong…

    1. shelly

      How did they bake? It is a stick dough, but definitely workable. You could always add some more flour to the batter if it was unmanageable. Sorry you had trouble 🙁

    2. Teresa Organ

      @Monica – Ours was sticky too, so we just added more flour. They did not turn out anything like the picture. But they do look good enough to eat.

      1. shelly

        We’re they pudgier? Adding more flour might effect them that way, but I am sure it didn’t effect the taste too much! The dough for these cookies is sticky 🙂

  20. Laura Craft

    “Plus, it appears that Book Club is just a whisper away from Fight Club..any given day, my friends.” – possibly the funniest thing I have ever read. Also, I’m making these today!

  21. EEK! My friend brought some of these sinful cookies over to me, and I loved them. *I won’t tell you how many I ate and how quickly I ate them…* Thank you for this sweet treat, they’re sooooo yummy!

  22. Oh my goodness! I absolutely LOVE snickerdoodles! My Sister sent me your link to this page….boy oh boy was she right! My readers know how much I love baking! I will definitely have to give this recipe a try!

    As for the book club; that is one of the best stories I’ve heard in a while. Definitely don’t mess with women who are being shortchanged with their time. I absolutely loved the Help the movie! I didn’t know it was a book until after I saw the movie, so now i want to go read the book because books are always better than the movie.

  23. 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.

    1. shelly

      The dough is quite sticky and the addition of Extra flour is probably is the reason they weren’t quite as flat, but I am sure that didn’t effect the taste too much 🙂

  24. Marlene

    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!!

    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!
    Cupcake Apothecary

    1. shelly

      Andrea, Honestly they are best the day of…but if you want to make them ahead I would suggest baking a touch longer, and storing in an airtight container. Also, if you stack them, separate each cookie with parchment or waxed paper, so they don’t get soggy 🙂

  26. Maggie

    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.

  27. Vita

    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!!

    1. shelly

      Well, I am not quite sure what that looks like, but it doesn’t sound good. Some people who have made them added a little more flour, but different climates and altitudes bake differently. I have made them several times and have never had an issue.
      So sorry.

    1. shelly

      I am sure you could! I suppose you would have to be careful at the amount of the butter mixture you would pour over the top, as the muffin top pans are shallow. Also, the bake time will be significantly lower, I would guess 10 minutes or so. Let me know if you try it!

  28. Michelle

    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.

  29. sara

    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!

    1. shelly

      That’s so strange! Are you at a high altitude?
      Make sure all your ingredients are at room temperature, that’s important…eggs too! Also, have you checked the temperature of your oven? Do they seem to bake on the fast or slow side? If none of this applies, try cutting back on flour by 1/4 cup next time..

  30. Mary

    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!

  31. Zaidy

    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…

    1. shelly

      I would omit the cream of tartar and baking soda (as they work together) and sub in baking powder in place of both. Hope this helps!

  32. 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.

  33. Grace

    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.


  34. 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!

  35. Trish

    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.

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