Cottage Cheese Cookies

If you are looking for the perfect holiday cookie, you found it! These cookies look and taste just like Christmas. Not like cottage cheese. And not like pine needles either, which is apparently what Christmas would taste like to my husband. They are delicious! And pretty too.Cottage Cheese Cookies RecipeMy mom has made these cookies every holiday season for as long as I can remember. When we were younger, she would roll the dough into balls, and then let us roll them in powdered sugar. I can’t wait to make these with my little one next year. Sure there will be powdered sugar all over the kitchen, but it will be so worth it! I’m typically covered in it while baking AND consuming these anyway. Which really helps to catch sneaky cookie thieves.Cottage Cheese Cookies RecipeI promise that you won’t be able to taste the cottage cheese unless you have some kind of super crazy taste buds. But you’ll learn that you have to get people to try the cookies before telling them what they are. Once they figure out there is cottage cheese in there, you’ll have to chase them down and force feed them one to prove you can’t taste it. And after that, they’ll be asking you for the recipe! Cottage Cheese Cookies RecipeThe cottage cheese actually seems like little nuts after you bake the cookies. Not very crunchy, but they really look like them. So just tell people those are nuts, and then tell them the truth after they eat one. Cottage Cheese Cookies RecipeYou HAVE to try these cookies! You won’t be disappointed. They are a family favorite, and I hope they will be for your family too. Cottage Cheese Cookies Recipe

P.S. I may have eaten at least seven of these cookies while writing this post. They are impossible to resist. You’ve been warned.

Cottage Cheese Cookies

Yield: 4.5-5 dozen
Ingredients
  • 3/4 Cup Shortening {Crisco}
  • 1 2/3 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Cottage Cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 3/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Cocoa
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • Powdered Sugar
Instructions
  1. Cream together shortening, sugar, eggs, cottage cheese, salt, and vanilla. Cottage cheese should still be lumpy.
  2. Sift together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Slowly add to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
  3. Chill dough for a few hours or overnight.
  4. Roll teaspoons of dough into balls. Roll balls in powdered sugar to coat heavily.
  5. Grease cookie sheet, or line with parchment paper. Bake at 375° for 10 minutes.
  6. Cool and store in sealed container.
Notes

Make sure dough is chilled before working with it. Roll dough quickly while forming cookies to keep it from melting. The more powdered sugar you coat the dough balls in, the more the cracks will show. These are small cookies, they don’t spread much.

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43 Comments on Cottage Cheese Cookies

  1. Jocelyn
    November 30, 2012 at 8:00 am (2 years ago)

    What a fun cookie! I would never have guessed cottage cheese as the secret ingredient. Haha I’m totally making these and having my hubby try them before telling:-) And your pics are gorgeous girl!!! I have to know…how did you get your font on the washi looking tape??? Seriously adorable!!!

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Cottage cheese and cookies don’t seem like they would make such a great pair, but they do I promise! HAHAHA! You HAVE to tell me how hubby reacts to that! Thanks for the picture compliments too!

      And as for the washi tape thing, my lovely friend Melissa {from Mama Miss} sent me a file with the tape in it and I just messed with the fonts a little in Photoshop, so I’m not sure where the tape came from. But you can download free digital washi tape online and upload it to your photos using your favorite photo editing program, and then just add text over it! You could probably even use a site like Picmonkey to do it. If that didn’t make any sense {which is highly likely with my mommy brain} just send me an email and I’ll explain it in more detail! :)

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  2. Talitha
    November 30, 2012 at 10:20 am (2 years ago)

    Ok… these are gorgeous!! So pretty! OH MY! SEE!?! You should always do recipes! I never would have thought of cottage cheese in a cookie looked appealing but YUM!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:03 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks! I’m definitely going to be doing more recipes. It was too much fun! HAHA! I never would have thought that cottage cheese in a cookie could look appealing either!

      Reply
  3. Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    November 30, 2012 at 11:31 am (2 years ago)

    So pretty and delicious I’m sure! Love that you use cottage cheese in these!!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Aimee! Crazy ingredient isn’t it? So good though!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:01 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you my dear! And thanks for helping me jazz up my picture!

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    • Britni
      December 5, 2012 at 12:00 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks, Chelsea! They really are!

      Reply
  4. Megan @ The Pink Flour
    November 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm (2 years ago)

    These look so good (and I don’t usually like cottage cheese)! And I’m curious as to the answer to Jocelyn’s qustion too about the washi tape ;)

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Megan! I promise you won’t even know there is cottage cheese in there! Well okay, you’ll know, but you won’t taste it! And I’m copying and pasting my response to Jocelyn’s question for you! Here it is:

      And as for the washi tape thing, my lovely friend Melissa {from Mama Miss} sent me a file with the tape in it and I just messed with the fonts a little in Photoshop, so I’m not sure where the tape came from. But you can download free digital washi tape online and upload it to your photos using your favorite photo editing program, and then just add text over it! You could probably even use a site like Picmonkey to do it. If that didn’t make any sense {which is highly likely with my mommy brain} just send me an email and I’ll explain it in more detail! :)

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  5. Jill Flory
    November 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Britni – I haven’t forgotten you – just been busy and haven’t popped in on all my blog friends for awile! Love your blogs new look!

    Reply
    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm (2 years ago)

      I hear ya! I need to stop by your place for a visit too! Thanks so much for taking the time to drop by and leave me sweet comments :)

      Reply
  6. Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.
    November 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm (2 years ago)

    These ARE beautiful! Looks delish! Thanks for linking up to the Keep Calm and Link Up! Hope to see you back next week!

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:14 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Jill!

      Reply
  7. Tamsyn
    December 1, 2012 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, these almost look too good to eat! I would have never thought that cottage cheese would be nice in a cookie, but I’ll take your word for it and give them a go :)

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:13 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you! And I know the two do not sound like a great combination, but they really are! You have to let me know how you like them :)

      Reply
  8. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}
    December 2, 2012 at 9:27 am (2 years ago)

    Oh Britni, cottage cheese in a cookie? You’re an evil genius. I love these.

    If you don’t mind, I’d love if you would stop by and share these and any other dessert creations on Sugar & Slice Sunday weekly link party.

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm (2 years ago)

      HAHA! Thanks, Lisa! I have to say, I love them too :)

      Reply
  9. GlamorousMommy
    December 4, 2012 at 10:17 am (2 years ago)

    I’m hosting a girls cook/bake off this Saturday and I’m going to make these! Thanks for sharing :)

    Fotini

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:07 pm (2 years ago)

      OOOH! That sounds like fun! I’m so excited you are using this recipe, you have to let me know how it goes!

      Reply
      • GlamorousMommy
        December 8, 2012 at 4:52 pm (2 years ago)

        Ok, so I made these today, they didn’t turn out pretty likes yours :( How did you get them to crack like that?

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        • Britni
          December 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm (2 years ago)

          Uh oh! I wonder why they didn’t turn out. You used shortening instead of butter right? And did you chill the dough really well? I usually take it out of the fridge and then roll a few balls at a time, coat them pretty heavily in powdered sugar {the more powdered sugar, the better the cracks show up}, and repeat until I fill a cookie sheet or two. Then I put the dough back in the fridge until I’m ready to make the next batch. I think keeping the dough from getting too melty {is that a word?!} is really important. So roll them gently and quickly, just until they form a ball. I noticed they start melting and getting real sticky if I take too much time rolling them, so I just put the dough between my hands and roll it a couple of times. If you try it again and it works, please tell me how you did it so I can add it into my directions so no one else has the same problem! I hope this helps and they turn out for you this time! :)

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    • Britni
      December 4, 2012 at 11:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Kristi! :)

      Reply
  10. Newtobaking
    December 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow! Those cookies look fantastic! Just wondering what kind of cottage cheese you use? Would the dry curds work or do you need the moisture from the normal cottage cheese? Thanks and cant wait to make these :)

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    • Britni
      December 8, 2012 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

      I use regular ol’ cottage cheese! I doubt they would come out as good with dry curd. I hope this helps and you love them as much as I do! :)

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  11. Kathy Moody
    December 8, 2012 at 9:12 am (2 years ago)

    These look delicious and so pretty! YUMMY!! Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! Hope you are having a great weekend.

    Hugs
    Kathy

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    • Britni
      December 8, 2012 at 5:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much, Kathy!

      Reply
  12. Sarah @ Alderberry Hill
    December 9, 2012 at 6:41 am (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured later this evening!
    Have a fantastic week ahead!

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    • Britni
      December 19, 2012 at 11:08 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks so much for the feature, Sarah!

      Reply
  13. Stephanie
    December 13, 2012 at 5:54 pm (2 years ago)

    This is my first time on your blog…love it! I can’t wait to try these cookies tomorrow. I am making them for our family cookie exchange on Saturday. Thank you !!!

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    • Britni
      December 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Aw! Thanks for the sweet comment, Stephanie! I’m so excited you tried the recipe and I hope your cookies turned out great! :)

      Reply
  14. Sandra
    January 7, 2013 at 4:22 am (2 years ago)

    Hello!
    Your cookies really look delicious and I want to make them myself.
    Just one problem, what is shortening? I don’t really know, I’m from sweden, and I can’t think of something similar to it that you can buy here. :(

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    • Britni
      January 8, 2013 at 3:39 am (2 years ago)

      Hi, Sandra! I’m going to do a little research online to see what I can find and send some links to your email! :)

      Reply
  15. Nicole
    May 24, 2013 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    I just tried making these and mine didn’t crack at all. They baked and kept the ball shape and the powdered sugar just melted into the dough and formed a glaze. I had them in the fridge for 12 hours and only rolled out 8 balls at a time.I wonder why they didn’t spread :(

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    • Britni
      May 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi, Nicole! Did you follow the recipe exactly and/or make any substitutions? I have never heard of that happening before and it sounds like something was measured wrong or the ingredients were changed in some way. Or maybe it’s something like you used baking soda instead of powder? My sister’s didn’t turn out once when she had already made them a few times before, just because she measured the shortening wrong. She thought she had a 3/4 cup, when she was really using 1/2! ;) I would just try it again and be careful to pay close attention to the directions and see if they turn out better. The only other guess I have is that maybe they were way too cold coming from your fridge, although I’ve put them in after rolling straight from the fridge too. But they can be a little melty, just as long as they are still in ball form they are fine. I hope you figure out what’s going on because they are so good! And please let me know if you do! :)

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    • Britni
      May 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Okay I did a little googling and found a few other possibilities! It could be the wrong oven temp, old baking powder, or shortening that is too soft. Also these cookies don’t spread too much. They are smaller thicker cookies, they don’t spread like chocolate chip cookies. And really give them a good coat of powdered sugar. The more the better! Hopefully something here helps! :)

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  16. bbrunophotography
    December 16, 2013 at 1:42 pm (1 year ago)

    These look delicious! They remind me of a recipe my MIL used to make, only it is really spiced up with allspice. This one sounds milder. Might have to try it! Thanks…this gave me a chance to explore your amazing blog, too. Lots to see here!

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  17. cole
    December 24, 2013 at 6:03 am (12 months ago)

    I tried your recipe and it didn’t quite work. They really did spread and the powdered sugar mostly combined with the dough. They’re delicious but not as pretty as these are. I’ll probably try again. I suspect that this recipe doesn’t split well. I halved it, which is likely where the issue arose.

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  18. Sheryl
    December 29, 2013 at 5:08 pm (12 months ago)

    I am soooo excited!! I have been looking for this for years. My mom would make them at Christmas and we all loved them. Her last year with us she had asked what we wanted for Christmas and we all said, “Nothing but a plate of Cottage Cheese Cookies for each family, PLEASE”. The following October Mom went to be with Jesus. It has been many years and we have just went through the Christmas Season and my husband said to me, “I sure miss your Mom and her Cottage Cheese Cookies. I wish we could have found her recipe.” Thank you for having this available, I am now Gluten Free so will exchange flour and be on my way to YUMMY! I will have a very happy husband and family :) Thank you for restoring our memories and now I will be able to pass them on to our grandchildren.

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