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Strawberry Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting are made with a strawberry cake mix which is doctored up with additional flour, sugar, and butter for a delicious bakery style strawberry cookie!

Even though the weather says otherwise, it is springtime and I am dying to cook and bake with spring flavors! I have everything lemon and strawberry on my mind, and I’ve been wanting to make Strawberry Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting for weeks. I have a handful of cookie recipes made with cake mixes, from my Giant Pumpkin Cookies and Giant Funfetti Cookies to my Giant Chocolate Cookies, and I just knew I had to make a strawberry version when I eyed strawberry cake mix at the store!

All of my giant bakery style cookies are “semi-homemade” as they use a cake mix for their flavoring, which also keeps them super soft. The addition of other ingredients like butter, sugar, and flour, give them a chewiness and keeps them sturdy. These cookies are not cake-like at all!

What You’ll Need

  • Unsalted Butter – cold butter is used in the cookies, which keeps the cookies from spreading too much. There is also room temperature unsalted butter in the frosting with the cream cheese.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs – this recipe uses two eggs and one egg yolk
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Strawberry Cake Mix – the strawberry cake mix gives these cookies their pretty pink color and their strawberry flavor.
  • Flour
  • Cream Cheese
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk

How to Make Strawberry Cookies

As mentioned, this recipe uses cake mix, so no fresh strawberries are needed. To start, beat the cold cubes of butter until they’re well combined. This usually takes about a minute. Next, add the sugar and beat until well combined. You’ll likely need to scrape down the edges of the bowl, as the cold butter tends to stick to the edges of stand mixer bowls.

Once the butter is well combined, add the eggs and egg yolk one at a time. Again, you’ll need to scrape down the edges of the bowl. Add vanilla extract and beat to combine, followed by baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Next, add in the cake mix and flour, beating until well combined.

To form the dough into dough balls, use a 1/3 cup measuring cup. I like to spray the measuring cup with cooking spray, which makes the dough easy to remove. Otherwise it is quite sticky. Roll the dough into nice balls and then press gently down to flatten them onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Place three on each baking sheet, as they will spread.

Bake the cookies for 9-10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. The edges should be slightly golden and the middle should be set. Let the cookies cool for about 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then carefully transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the cream cheese frosting, beat together cream cheese and room temperature butter until creamy. Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar until well combined and then add some milk to thin it out just a little. Frost the cooled cookies with the cream cheese frosting and then enjoy!

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Strawberry Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Strawberry Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

A bakery style strawberry cookie topped with cream cheese frosting!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies, cream cheese frosting, dessert, spring dessert, strawberries
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 cookies
Calories: 682kcal
Author: Taylor

Ingredients

Strawberry Cookies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter cold, cut into 1 tbsp chunks
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 box strawberry cake mix I prefer Pillsbury
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat the butter until slightly creamy, about 1 minute.
  • Add the sugar and beat another minute, until well combined.
  • Add the eggs and egg yolk, one at a time, scraping down the edges between each addition.
  • Add the vanilla, and beat to combine.
  • Add the baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and beat to combine.
  • Add the cake mix and flour, beating until combined.
  • Spray a 1/3 cup measuring cup with cooking spray (this keeps the dough from sticking) and form the dough into 1/3 cup balls.
  • Place 3 dough balls on each baking sheet (you will need to do this in two batches).
  • Bake for 9-10 minutes in preheated oven. The edges should be slightly golden and the middle set. Cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack to cool COMPLETELY.

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • In a separate bowl, add the cream cheese and butter and beat until well combined.
  • Add the vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar, and beat until well combined.
  • Add milk and beat until combined.
  • Spread on cooled cookies.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 510mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 74g | Vitamin A: 908IU | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 2mg
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