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Goat Cheese Sugar Cookies

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


  • 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)


  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. 1
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 4:55 am

    “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. 2
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

    So pretty! I love the flavour too :)


  3. 3
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 5:55 am

    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. 4
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 7:12 am

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


  5. 5
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

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



  6. 6
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 7:57 am

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


  7. 7
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

    Love the idea of goat cheese in cookies!


  8. 8
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:16 am

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


  9. 9
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:22 am

    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. 10
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:28 am

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


  11. 11
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh!!!!


  12. 12
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:46 am

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


  13. 13
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:50 am

    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. 14
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

    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. 15
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 9:08 am

    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. 16
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 9:33 am

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


  17. 17
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 9:46 am

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


  18. 18
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    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. 19
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

    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. 20
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 10:03 am

    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. 21
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

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


  22. 22
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

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


  23. 23
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 11:17 am

    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. 24
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 11:42 am

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


  25. 25
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 12:00 pm

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


  26. 26
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    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. 27
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    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. 28
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    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. 29
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    These are sooooo cute! My nose is unscrunched!


  30. 30
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 3:29 pm

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


  31. 31
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 4:25 pm

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


  32. 32
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Goat cheese and sprinkles! Must try soon!


  33. 33
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Wow! This looks so interesting – a must try!


  34. 34
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    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. 35
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    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. 36
    Posted On October 17, 2013 at 7:22 pm

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


  37. 37
    Posted On October 18, 2013 at 12:07 am

    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. 38
    Posted On October 18, 2013 at 12:51 am

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


  39. 39
    Posted On October 18, 2013 at 8:28 am

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


  40. 40
    Posted On October 18, 2013 at 10:11 am

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


  41. 41
    Posted On October 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    What a great idea!!


  42. 42
    Posted On October 19, 2013 at 1:19 am

    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! 


  43. 43
    Posted On October 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

    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!


  44. 44
    Posted On October 19, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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


  45. 45
    Caroline Kipps
    Posted On October 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    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!


  46. 46
    Posted On October 19, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Oh, good grief I need these! Sprinkle love!


  47. 47
    Posted On October 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

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


  48. 48
    Posted On October 21, 2013 at 12:23 am

    I am so intrigued. These look amazing!


  49. 49
    Posted On October 21, 2013 at 5:04 am

    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!


  50. 50
    Posted On October 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    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?


  51. 51
    Posted On October 22, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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


  52. 52
    Posted On October 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    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!


  53. 53
    Posted On October 22, 2013 at 9:46 pm

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


  54. 54
    Posted On October 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    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!!!


  55. 55
    Posted On October 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

    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. 


  56. 56
    Posted On November 16, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    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! 


  57. 57
    Posted On December 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

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


    • Posted On December 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Quite well, actually! In an airtight container they’ll be good for up to a week, although they are best if eaten within 2-3 days.

  58. 58
    Lisa Jean
    Posted On December 12, 2013 at 7:48 am

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


  59. 59
    Liz F
    Posted On December 17, 2013 at 9:37 am

    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!


  60. 60
    Posted On December 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    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!


    • Posted On December 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

      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!

  61. 61
    Posted On December 23, 2013 at 8:27 am

    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???  


    • Posted On December 23, 2013 at 11:03 am

      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.

  62. 62
    Posted On April 6, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    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! 


  63. 63
    Posted On September 20, 2014 at 9:17 am

    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.


  64. 64
    Posted On November 23, 2014 at 12:31 pm

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


  65. 65
    Posted On December 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm

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


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