Sugar Cookie Cheesecake

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake...a simple cheesecake with a sprinkle sugar cookie base!

This Sugar Cookie Cheesecake is the creamiest, most simple cheesecake ever…all on top of a sprinkle sugar cookie! Classic and delicious!

So July 30th is National Cheesecake Day. Who knew?

The idea that there is an entire day devoted to my favorite food ever to exist makes me exponentially happy.


So when my friends over at PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese asked that I create a recipe in honor of Cheesecake Day I happily agreed.

No one keeps baby in the corner.

And I have found that the simpler the cheesecake, the happier my taste buds.


Except when I add sprinkles, because sprinkles and cheesecake make my heart throw a party.

So today we’re gonna do Sugar Cookie Cheesecake. It’s a good day.

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake

What I love most about this cheesecake is using PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese. They use fresh local milk combined with real wholesome cream to create their deliciouscream cheese, and it has yet to disappoint. There are no preservatives in the Original PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese…it goes from farm to fridge in just 6 days!


We all know fresh is best and PHILADELPHIA makes my cheesecake super creamy and delicious. I honestly wouldn’t even think about using another brand.


Let’s get started on the easy details of this cheesecake…

I made a simple sugar cookie layer for the crust and loaded it up with sprinkles…


Just press it evenly into the pan…

Sugar Cookie Dough Crust

Next I made the simple cheesecake layer, which only has 4 ingredients. It’s simple, creamy and perfect.


Just bake it up and let it cool and chill it for at least 4 hours.

What’s so great about cheesecake is you can make it a day before you’re ready to serve it and it’s going to be perfect!

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake chilled and ready to slice!

I decided that I needed to spruce it up a bit and made a simple whipped cream that I added a few sprinkles to as well!

I stuck a sugar cookie in the whipped cream and called myself fancy!

Sugar Cookie Cheesecake...a simple cheesecake with a sprinkle sugar cookie base! Classic at it's best!

And then of course I ate a slice!

A gorgeous slice of Sugar Cookie Cheesecake...the creamiest cheesecake on top of a sugar cookie crust!




serves 12


Sugar Cookie Base:

  • ½ cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup rainbow sprinkles

Cheesecake Layer

  • 4 (8 oz) bricks PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 4 eggs

Sprinkle Whipped Cream Garnish

  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ½ Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp rainbow sprinkles
  • optional garnish – sugar cookie pieces.


  1. Preheat oven to 325°

Cookie Crust

  1. Lightly spray a 9 “ springform pan with cooking spray, set aside.
  2. Prepare crust first by beating butter and sugar together for 1-2 minutes until fluffy. Add in egg and vanilla, mixing until smooth. Add in salt and baking soda and mix until incorporated, scraping sides as necessary.
  3. Finally add in flour until just combines and stir in sprinkles.
  4. Press cookie dough into the bottom of prepared pan.

Cheesecake Filling

  1. Clean mixing bowl and beat cream cheese and sugar together until smooth. Add in vanilla and one egg at a time, mixing in between each until just combined. Don’t over-mix and don’t forget to scrape the sides and bottom of bowl during mixing.
  2. Pour cream cheese mixture over cookie base.
  3. Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes until center is almost set.
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Whipped cream

  1. When cheesecake is chilled you can make your whipped cream by mixing you heavy cream and powdered sugar in mixing bowl with whisk attachment until stiff peaks form. Add in sprinkles and mix until combined. Pipe or spread whipped cream on top of cheesecake, garnish with sugar cookies if desired.


cheesecake recipe adapted from PHILADELPHIA


*I was compensated for this post by PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, but please know that all opinions are my own and I only promote brands that I love and use in my own kitchen

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82 Comments on "Sugar Cookie Cheesecake"

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amanda @ fake ginger

I think this is the prettiest cheesecake ever! I didn’t realize there was an entire day devoted to cheesecake either – guess I better make one soon!

Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie

That crust makes me smile, I love it! I knew about July 30th being cheesecake day but I unfortunately do not have any cheesecake recipe to post that day. I will just have to go out and order some instead!

Jess @ Sweet Menu

Oh loving this fabulous cheesecake! Have never thought about doing a sugar cookie base but that would be so wonderful! Amazing Shelly.

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

Holy delicious!! This cheesecake is a total babe.

Averie @ Averie Cooks

WOW!! The sugar cookie base looks amazing, and then top it with the cheesecake and sprinkles, I love that this is like 2 desserts in 1! Pinned 🙂

Cookbook Queen

OMG!! My life will not be complete until this cheesecake is in it.

Jenny Flake

How fun is this cheesecake?! Totally want a slice!!

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

This is my kind of cheesecake!! It’s like funfetti cheesecake =)


Will the whipped cream sugar mixture on top stay solid or will it start to weep?

Megan @ Our Pinteresting Family

I do not normally eat cheesecake, but this recipe may have changed my mind. Looks amazing.


Oh my – Thank you for sharing. I am new to cheesecakes and haven’t made a sugar cookie crust yet, but it seems like national cheesecake day is a good time to experiment.


Cheesecake is my weakness! I am uber excited to try this one!

Sandra Garth

In my best Iggy Azalea voice, “You’re so Fancy! ” and I’m so in love with this cheesecake.

Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts

gahhh, this is SO stunning! I need to make this!

Julianne @ Beyond Frosting

Yep, I pretty much have to have a slice of this.

Aimee @ ShugarySweets

I love how you do cheesecake. I want sprinkles in mine!!!

Holly (2 Kids and Tired)

Oh my goodness. I’m sitting here drooling. That looks amazing. I love cheesecake, but I’ve never made one on my own, which is weird to realize. I definitely want to try this one.

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Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

Cheesecake is my husband’s all-time favorite dessert! This looks like such a fun twist on a classic – fancy enough for adults, fun enough for the kids. Thanks so much for this recipe!


So muc for that diet… *drools


*much… My craving made me lose my writing skills!

Chanda Dolim

This looks DELICIOUS!!! I cannot wait to make it. I shared the link to your site on my blog.

Annie @ Annie

This is so pretty!! And love how you’ve combined cheesecake and cookies!


Am I correct that this takes 32 ounces of cream cheese? Or am I reading it wrong? Seems like a lot, but it is cheesecake…and looks amazing!

Renata Nobrega

I couldn’t find that number! It says 8 oz


Oh. My. Goodness. You just made my preggo day. This is happening. I have a potluck on Sunday and I’m thinking this is perfect! 🙂 Out of curiosity (and because I’m a bit lazy), could you use a premade sugar cookie dough as the base?

Renee @ Tortillas and Honey

How beautiful and unique this cheesecake is! I think everyone needs a little bit of this yummy thing in their lives! 😉


I would love one slice too.. big one 😀


I made this a few nights ago and I have given it to 3 people, including a picky boyfriend, and all loved it. Rave reviews! I used a different sugar Connie dough recipe bc I already had some but still amazing. Would make again.

Renee @ Awesome on $20

Shelly, this cheesecake is so dreamy! You’re a genius. I love it.


Can the crust be made with refrigerated cookie dough instead?? I’m lazy but this looks delicious!


Do i not bake the cookie crust before i add the cheese cake filling?


This is absolutely beautiful. I’m not much of a baker. My husband does a better job than me but I would like to make this for his birthday. Will cookie dough that’s already mixed work for this?


Do you have any tips or adjustments if I wanted to bake these into little “bites” using a mini muffin tin or maybe just single serving regular muffin sizes? I wanted to bake this for a coworker’s birthday 🙂


Could someone please post the recipe so that it gives complete instruction?


I’m so excited to make this for my daughter’s birthday! She loves cheesecake and this recipe looks so perfect as a b-day cake.


Hi, what kind of flour should I use? Plain or self raising?
Thank you


I’ve only made a cheesecake about 2 times, and both times called for a water bath while the cheesecake cooked. No water bath necessary here, is that correct?


This was my first cheesecake when I pulled it out of the oven it looked great but when it cooled it split. What did I do wrong and is it an indicator that the cake shouldn’t be eaten. IE maybe did not cook fully.


Could I put extra sprinkles in the cheesecake mixture before baking to have the sprinkles throughout the cake? Would it still come out okay?


This turned out to be more sugar cookie crust with a bit of cheesecake topping on top but the taste was still delicious. Maybe I just measured wrong!

Renata Nobrega

Same here!


Made this for my husband’s Birthday yesterday and it was absolutely delicious. A very simple cheesecake recipe to follow. Mine did end up cracking so I just made some extra whipped cream and spread it across the top and put on some sprinkles. Thanks for sharing your recipe, it’s a winner with my family!


I tried making the whipped cream and it would not thicken. Any advice?


What kind of flour do you use?


nvm I just saw the answer!! Thanks


Do you bake everything all at once? Or can you bake the crust for a bit first before pouring the cheesecake in? Does this taste just like a sugar cookie?


Made it this weekend and it turned out great. the only lesson learned is that I threw the rainbow sprinkles in with the whipped cream and powdered sugar while whipping which basically collapsed the sprinkles and made my whipped cream appear a pale mauve color. Next time I’ll add the sprinkles after whipping. I also made sugar cookie cups and used those for the garnish filled with the whipped cream.


Made this for a friend’s birthday & everyone devoured it! So smooth & perfect! I used a chocolate/butter mixture drizzle instead of the whipped cream & it looked beautiful, too!

Hubby loves cheesecake, I love sugar cookies, perfect marriage right? Gonna make this for his birthday but have not tackled a cheesecake for more than a decade! Most cheesecake tips suggest either a water bath or putting a pan of water in oven while cake is baking. I read another post that questioned need for water bath and you replied that is is not needed but my question is why is it not needed and would it hurt or help to put some water in a pan on rack beneath cake? Looks so awesome and fun! Can’t wait to try… Read more »

Came out great! The sugar cookie dough was a bit salty and dense, did not seem to rise too much like your picture, where might I have gone wrong?


It looks so awesome, normally when I make cheesecake I use a water bath. Did you use a water bath to bake yours?


Oh nevermind I actually found the answer already thanks lol


This is my grandkids favorite cheesecake…my granddaughter likes “plaino” cheesecake as she calls it, and my grandson puts chocolate syrup on his… Easy and delicious. Cheesecakes are my favorite desserts to make, and usually the more complicated the better, but this is an exception….it doesn’t last long at their house.


Can this be made in muffin tins? If so what is the cooking time?

Rachel Rey

Do I HAVE to use a spring form pan?


Just want to see comments, havent made it yet but looking foreard to trying it out.