Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies

Oh good grief, calm down.

Un-scrunch your nose and hear me out.

Yes, there is goat cheese in these cookies.

No, you really can’t taste it.

But I promise you these will be some of the best sugar cookies you’ve ever had.

Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies

The recipe is based on a Cook’s Illustrated recipe, which uses a combination of cream cheese and vegetable oil to make the perfect soft and chewy sugar cookie. It’s the same base I used for the Cherry Blossom Stuffed Sugar Cookies and the Chocolate Mint Truffle Cookies from last year, but simply replacing the cream cheese with goat cheese instead.

The goat cheese itself is undiscernible. If I hadn’t told you it was there you would never have known. But, much like cream cheese or buttermilk, it brings a subtle acidity and tang to the cookies that wouldn’t be there otherwise. It takes these cookies from sugary sweet to just perfectly sweet, with mysterious savory notes that make them even more addictive.

The enduring softness of these cookies would make them perfect candidates for the cookie swap, and as I’ve proved before, the recipe is ripe for adaptation, most notably stuffing. I think these goat cheese ones, with their ever so slight hint of goaty tang, would be amazing stuffed with some soft caramel or fruit jam.

Instead of the usual sugar, I rolled these in nonpareil sprinkles for a very festive, carnival-like look.

Because everything is better with sprinkles.

Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies

Yield: 36 cookies

Total Time: 1 hour

Ingredients:


  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) soft goat cheese, room temperature

  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large egg

  • 2 tablespoons milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • nonpareil sprinkles or sanding sugar (optional)


Directions:


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.

  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

  3. Combine sugar, goat cheese, and melted butter in a large bowl and whisk until mixture forms a smooth paste (a few lumps are ok). Whisk in oil. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Fold in flour mixture until incorporated and no dry ingredients remain.

  4. Pour sprinkles or sugar into a small bowl. Dough will be soft, but should still be workable. If not, refrigerate it for 15 to 20 minutes until it is. Use a small cookie scoop to portion out about 1 tablespoon of dough, then roll in sprinkles/sugar to coat. Arrange on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2 inches of space between each cookie.

  5. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies are just set and slightly cracked. Cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


Adapted from Cooks Illustrated.


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  1. “from sugary sweet to just perfectly sweet, with mysterious savory notes that make them even more addictive” — what a great hook! Love that!

    And I’ve made plenty of cookies with cream cheese but never would have thought to use goat cheese. How fun! Pinned!

  2. So pretty! I love the flavour too :)

  3. Oh, girl…I just adore goat cheese and sugar cookies. You are a genius! I bet this recipe knocks the CI recipe on its head! I recently posted my Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts recipe and now I can’t wait to make these! Thanks for sharing, Lindsay! Pinning everywhere, LOL!

  4. I try to incorporate goat cheese into every aspect of my life so these will definitely be happening!

  5. Yes, please!  Love fresh chevre and I imagine it’s even better with the crunch of nonpareil sprinkles :)

    Thanks!

  6. oh my word…goat cheese in cookies, you’re on to something…these sound incredible!

  7. Love the idea of goat cheese in cookies!

  8. Yum, yum, yum! (Loved your intro, BTW :)

  9. Whoa, this is an amazing idea! Last spring, I went to a meet the maker cheese class at Antonelli’s featuring CKC Farms. At CKC, all they do is goat cheese, and their plain, young chevre was so fresh and sweet, my mind immediately turned to using it in a cheesecake. Since then, I’ve become an ardent supporter of goat cheese in sweet applications, but sugar cookies isn’t one I ever thought of. I can’t wait to make these–with CKC chevre, of course. 

  10. Unscrunch my nose??? Never was, never will! I want… Ok, NEED these in my life.

  11. Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!!!!

  12. Oh. My. Goat cheese.  Absolutely brilliant!  I think I might make these this weekend!

  13. is it sick that I wouldn’t mind if I could taste the goat cheese?  I am seriously that big of a cheese freak!  these look great ;)

  14. I have a drawer in my fridge dedicated to *just* cheese, and goat cheese is always in attendance! These will be made soon (because I won’t be able to stop thinking about them, until I do! :) I’m a new follower, and LOVE your blog!!

  15. Holy Moses. I’ve tried those Cook’s Illustrated cookies and they really are perfect. These look totally amazing and genius. I want to make them immediately.

  16. they sound amazing, and I LOVE goat cheese, so I;m sure these will be a new favorite

  17. Oh my, I love goats cheese and am now absolutely dying to give these a go :D

  18. You had me at goat cheese. I love goat cheese so much I eat it by itself. These sound incredibly delicious and I can’t wait to try them. Genius idea!  I wish I had thought of it. 

  19. Actually I think the creamy, rich, tartness of goat cheese would result in a PERFECT cookie base. What an original idea! I can’t wait to try it!

  20. Your pictures are phenomenal! I feel like I can take a bite of them right through the computer screen. The goat cheese is intriguing too, I imagine it tastes almost like a tangy yogurt would within the cookie?

  21. I actually got super excited when I saw the name for these!!

  22. Oh my yum. This is nuts, and I have to try ASAP! xo big hugs @ Waiting on Martha

  23. Your beautiful photos sold me on these cookies. Can’t say I would have thought to put goat cheese in cookies myself, but I’m totally on board with the idea! And those sprinkles… if I wasn’t hooked already… :)

  24. These are the cutest things ever!  They just make you smile.

  25. Goat cheese and cookies…two of my favorite things combined into one treat! Looks and sounds amazing!

  26. I think this is brilliant! I would eat goat cheese any old way, but to use it in a cookie has got to be the greatest thing ever.  AND sprinkles??  Perfect.

  27. I love the look of them, so bright and so much fun :) I really want to take part in this cookie swap, will immediately go and check it out :D

  28. These look so cute! Love the idea of using goat cheese. I actually have that in the fridge more often that cream cheese, and have subbed it in other recipes, but never cookies. Cheers!!

  29. These are sooooo cute! My nose is unscrunched!

  30. I love a good soft sugar cookie – these look perfect! Love the sprinkles too!

  31. Goat cheese?  I’m intrigued!  I love the idea of that acidity with the sugar cookie; you’ve totally sold me. 

  32. Goat cheese and sprinkles! Must try soon!

  33. Wow! This looks so interesting – a must try!

  34. Ok, you win. You took me from scrunched nose to true believer…. making these, filling with jam, then PROBABLY filling myself… with the cookies… that are filled with goat cheese (and jam!) 

  35. Actually sounds pretty great, to me.  But then again I have had sweet treats with goat cheese and they were DELICIOUS.  These, no doubt, are too.

  36. Everywhere I look I see cookies but I want these the most. 

  37. Love the idea of putting goat cheese in cookies for tang- especially since I always find myself with some left over goat cheese from dinner.  The cookies look amazing!

  38. I thought these sounded brilliant from the first moment. You didn’t have to convince me at all.

  39. Goat cheese is my favorite! What a brilliant idea to incorporate them into cookies! :)

  40. Oh YES! These are so happening this weekend! And your photos are absolutely stunning!

  41. GENIUS! We buy Costco sized goat cheese packs every week! We love it and I love that you put it in a cookie! Goat cheese was one of the best cheesecakes I’ve ever had so I am sure these cookies will be one of my favs as well! 

  42. I love goat cheese in dessert. I have used it in posset to make a no-bake cheesecake of sorts. And I love the sprinkles too!

  43. Oh wow, I love the idea of goat cheese in cookies :) these look delicious!!

  44. Actually, my husband and I love goat cheese and I was really excited to see this in my email! Even my children don’t like desserts that are super sweet, and I can’t wait to try these!

  45. Oh, good grief I need these! Sprinkle love!

  46. I agree completely, everything is better with sprinkles! I’m really intrigued by the use of goats cheese in sweet cookies, they look fabulous.

  47. I am so intrigued. These look amazing!

  48. Goats cheese sugar cookies.. never heard of it in my life..! I love different and I´m definitely going to try these :-)  Love photos too!!

    Have a great week!
    Xx

  49. So excited to try these!! I work on a goat dairy so I can use super fresh cheese!! This sounds so yummy!  Would you mind if I linked this to our website?

  50. I can’t wait to try these.  I have just the cheese in mind.  Thanks for the recipe.

  51. Saw these cookies on Facebook. Love the sugar cookie & goat cheese combo! It looks fabulous! Ran to Pin on both my Treats board & community cookie board!

  52. These are absolutely gorgeous, Linds! And I can only imagine how soft and chewy they are with the added goat cheese. Yum!

  53. These are delish! I made a batch last night. I prefer these soft sugar cookies to crispy ones. I eventually ran out of sprinkles and used some lavender sugar I made this summer. Had those with my afternoon tea. Delightful! Thanks for the recipe!!!

  54. Sooo good!  The texture is wonderful, soft and chewy.  Made these on Sunday for a family get together half with sprinkles and the other half  coated in vanilla bean sugar.  Everyone loved them. 

  55. I am so excited I found this recipe! My sister owns goats and makes her own goat cheese, so I’m going to have to call her and ask her to make me some in return for cookies! 

  56. how well do these hold up? trying to decide how far in advance i can make them for a party…

  57. These are wonderful. I am so happy to have found the recipe.

  58. This turned out great but I’d suggest to pat down the balls of dough once placed on the cookie sheet; otherwise, they turn out to be pretty soft in the middle. Just a bit of flattening made my batch bake up nice & even. Thanks for the great recipe!

  59. I saw this recipe and just had to try it – I LOVE goat cheese, and I could only imagine what type of texture and flavour it would add to a plain sugar cookie recipe. Unfortunately, I just didn’t think they were anything special :(  I was very disappointed. I guess I was expecting something with a bit more flavour, but I found these to just taste like a boring, bland cookie. They look beautiful on the cookie tray though!

    • The goat cheese is not a discernible flavor in these, although I bet if you compared them side by side to the same thing made with cream cheese you could maybe tell the difference, but if you were expecting a strong goat-cheese flavor I could see why you might be disappointed. I added a bit of almond extract to a batch recently and it was quite lovely!

  60. I’m so excited to make these tonight.  Quick question:  do you place them as a little ball on the baking sheet and let them spread or do you squish them out???  

    • I baked round balls, but I know one commenter above mentioned slightly flattening them first. Maybe bake a test batch, one of each, to see which works best? It may vary depending on your particular baking environment, baking sheets, etc.

  61. I made these for a party and they were such a hit! Really delicious, flavorful with a lot of depth.  I’m taking more to work tomorrow and I know my coworkers will be very happy with me! 

  62. Hiya, just discovered your site and made these cookies. Yum! And beautiful! My almost 2 yr old called them “princess cookies”. I did make two changes, I used 1/2 c of whole wheat and 1/2 c less sugar and they were fantastic. Think I’ll use a full cup of whole wheat next time. Thanks for the recipe, love your site. I’d add a picture, but can’t see how, oh well.

  63. These turned out perfectly and are incredibly delicious. Thank you!

  64. I just made these and forgot 1 cup of the flour. They came out thin, crisp and delicious! #happyaccident 

  65. I will save a morning to bake these unique cookies! Goat cheese and butter has to be good. In my dreams, I own a small farm with goats for my own cheese so I know I will love these! 

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