To celebrate Tulsa’s love of cookies, Tulsa World has published a 101-recipe cookbook featuring some of the city’s most treasured traditions.
“Tulsa World Cookies” features a variety of delicious, winning recipes from newspaper readers and writers, as well as local bakeries and festivals.
The glossy hardcover cookbook is $9.95 plus shipping. Purchase the cookbook at tulsaworldstore.com.
This cookbook is a local classic and a beloved staple in many Tulsa kitchens. See an excerpt from the “Tulsa World Cookies” recipe on page D2.
We are also looking for more winning recipes from local bakers. Send your best Christmas cookie recipes to [email protected] or mail them to Nicole Marshall, Tulsa World, 315 S. Boulder Ave., Tulsa, OK 74103.
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We will select a baker’s recipe to win the grand prize that will be announced soon.
Cherry Cheesecake Cookies
These cookies are like mini cherry cheesecakes, but there’s nothing stopping you from using a different fruitcake filling. Perfect for all cheesecake lovers.
This recipe can be served any time of year, but bright red cherries look festive on a Christmas cookie plate.
Don’t skip the step that requires chilling the dough. You don’t want the cookies to spread too far as you bake them.
3½ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2½ sticks butter, softened
2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
1½ cups graham cracker crumbs
2 (20-ounce) cans cherry pie filling
1. Beat cream cheese, butter, and sugar until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. In another small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
2. Add eggs and vanilla to cream cheese mixture and mix until incorporated. With the mixer on low, add the flour mixture gradually until just combined. Refrigerate the dough at least 30-45 minutes to prevent the cookies from spreading too thin while baking.
3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Place the graham cracker crumbs in a bowl.
4. Roll dough into 1½-inch balls, then roll balls in graham cracker crumbs. Place balls about 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets. Make an indentation in the center of each ball with a spoon.
5. Place 2-3 cherries in the indentation. Bake until golden brown around the edges, 12 to 14 minutes. Cool for five minutes on the sheet, then transfer to a wire rack.