Cranberry Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

Today’s cookie recipe all begins with a mix.  You know we all have those times during the Christmas season where you need to bring some cookies to some Christmas gathering and you just don’t have the time to make them.  Instead of running to the local bakery and snagging a box of cookies make these.  They all begin with a package of Betty Crocker’s Snickerdoodle cookie mix.  So grab when the next time you hit the store to keep on hand to make these yummy cookies.

I adapted the recipe from one off the back of package of cookie mix.  All you basically do is substitute half of the butter with 4 oz of cream cheese and mix 1 cup of dried cranberries into the dough, so simple.  The cream cheese really helps make this cookie yummy.  It is soft and creamy in texture and flavor.  The dried cranberries add a festive touch along with some chewiness to the cookie.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

  • 1 (17.9 oz) pkg Betty Crocker Snickerdoodle cookie mix
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, pour in cookie mix.  Remove packet of cinnamon/sugar mixture and set aside.
  2. Add butter, cream cheese, water, and egg to cookie mix and blend until smooth.
  3. Fold cranberries into the dough and chill dough in refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  4. Place cinnamon/sugar mixture in a bowl.  Scoop spoonfuls of dough into cinnamon/sugar mixture and coat with mixture.
  5. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375 for 8 to 9  minutes.  These cookies will not go brown.  Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute.
  6. Place cookies on cooling rack and cool completely.  Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

7 comments on “Cranberry Cream Cheese Snickerdoodles

  • I am using the Krusteaz brand. It comes in a box, but works just as well. I used to make it with the Betty Crocker, but after searching every where, and not finding it, I reluctantly bought the Krusteaz, and it works just as well.

  • I had this mix in my pantry and needed to take something for our English conversation class. Then I noticed the cranberry/cream cheese option on the package, and I had both. This is really, really good, although I think 25 is a more accurate number, now 23, since I sampled 2. I also added walnuts to the last group. I put a link on my FB page, and my blog.

  • I cannot find the Snickerdoodle mix anywhere and Betty Crocker’s website doesn’t even list it anymore. Does anyone know how to make these awesome cookies without it?

    • Erin, it can be found at Target at Christmas, and usually goes on a deep clearance afterwards.
      I have about 20 bags from last year that were 14 cents a bag.

  • What a great recipe! And I actually have a bag of Snickerdoodle cookie mix in my pantry!

  • i really like the look of these cookies.

  • Laura – I love the idea of combining cream cheese and cranberries into snickerdoodle form. Brilliant!

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