Orange Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Orange Cheesecake Cookie Cups @Barbara Bakes

A sweet orange cream cheese cookie dough baked in a mini muffin tin, filled with cream cheese filling and drizzled with semi-sweet chocolate.

Sweet as Sugar Cookies is my Secret Recipe Club blog this month. Last month Lisa had Barbara Bakes for her Secret Recipe Club blog. She baked my Pumpkin Fantail Cinnamon Rolls, so I was excited to pick a recipe from her sweet site this month.


We both share a love of cookie cups. Lisa might even love them a bit more than I do. She has 19 cookie cup recipes on Sweet as Sugar Cookies. Lisa posted her Orange Cheesecake Cookie Cups about a year ago, and I commented then how amazingly delicious they looked.

I love the combination of orange and chocolate and adding in cream cheese adds an extra layer of deliciousness. When the cream cheese frosting sets up in the fridge, it does taste more like cheesecake than cream cheese frosting.


Lisa adapted the recipe from Evil Shenanigans’ Orange Cheesecake Cookies. Kelly adapted the recipe from the Chewy Cheesecake Cookies on Christmas, so this cookie has a long history.

Some of my cookies got a little too brown on the bottom, so be sure and take them out of the oven as soon as you see they’re browning around the edges.

Orange Cheesecake Cookie Cups

Yield: 24 cookie cups

Orange Cheesecake Cookie Cups

slightly adapted from Sweet As Sugar


  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cream Cheese Filling
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 6 Tbsp. powdered sugar
  • melted semisweet chocolate, for drizzling


Heat oven to 375º. Grease or spray a mini muffin tin with cooking spray. Combine orange zest and sugar in a small bowl. Cream the butter and cream cheese until well combined. Add the orange sugar, salt, and vanilla, and blend until ingredients are well combined, but not fluffy. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated.

Fill each muffin cup with 1 tablespoon of cookie dough. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are browned, the centers will not be completely set. Remove the cookies from the oven and using the end of a thick-handled wooden spoon make a small, deep well in the center of each cookie. Remove to a wire rack to cool.

Cream Cheese Frosting: Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add the powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Pipe the frosting into the cookie cups (I used a ziploc bag with the tip cut off) or spoon it in. Drizzle with the melted chocolate. Put into the fridge until ready to serve.

Visit the Secret Recipe Club for information on how to join in the fun. Stop by Sweet as Sugar Cookies to check out all her sweets and cookie cup recipes. And be sure and check out all the great recipes the Secret Recipe Club members created this month.

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  1. says

    Chocolate and orange remind me of the chocolate covered oranges that you can get at holidays. My brothers and I used to love those growing up. Putting them together with cheesecake in a bite sized form seems delicious and dangerous at the same time. Great SRC pick!

  2. says

    These look so good – flavorful and chewy! I think I would love these more than just cookies; baking cups gives more goodness in every mouthful. Thanks for passing this recipe on!

  3. says

    I agree with the others, your site does look great!
    And as soon as I saw you made cookie cups, I knew you had Lisa’s blog. 😉
    I made cookie cups when I had her blog, too, last year. Love orange and chocolate, they
    sound perfect for spring/Easter, too.

  4. says

    Hey, Barbara, I was trying to pin several of your recipes but your Pinterest button is not working. Thought you would want to know.

  5. says

    First – the NEW site looks AWESOME. I was in here this morning and wow – things have changed. Since you were my SRC person this month i spent a lot of time here :). But the new look is so clean and refreshed – very nice!

    As i said i was your SRC person this week and i just had a blast on your site. So many choices and so many things to make. I decided on something easy for this month but have several things saved to make at a later time.

    The cookies look awesome.

    • says

      Thanks Averie! I still have lots of tweaking to do and have to go back and format all the recipes for the Ziplist pllugin which may take me forever, but it should be a lot more user friendly and easier to navigate.