With a moist and fluffy cake-like texture, only six simple ingredients mix together to make homemade Cottage Cheese Cookies.
This old fashioned cookie recipe is easy to make that is high in protein and always impresses your guests!
Cottage Cheese Cookie Recipe
These icebox cottage cheese cookies are quick to mix up, roll into a log and put in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to bake slice into thin pieces and a warm cookie is ready with very little effort. They taste similar to a sugar cookie without being super sweet.
I love these cookies plain, but the kids and many people like to mix up a batch or use a can of icing. Vanilla icing is great and so is the cream cheese icing that’s used on our Carrot Cake Loaf or Frosted Banana Bars. I think chocolate icing would work well too.
Not quite as moist as our Sour Cream Cookies these Cottage Cheese cookies are much quicker and easier to make. Another ice box cookie we have is Butterscotch Sandies. I love that when guests are over you can slice off a bit of the cookies dough and have freshly baked cookies within ten minutes.
Making this cookie dough ahead of time allows time to clean up before cookies are baked and enjoyed!
Can You Taste the Cottage Cheese?
Unless you know the ingredients you will never know that the baked cookies contain cottage cheese.
A popular new recipe that’s trending on Tiktok uses a blender to make the dough and that’s not even necessary with this classic recipe.
No one who has tasted this recipe has guessed that cottage cheese is an ingredient.
Does the Dough Have to Be Refrigerated?
Cottage cheese cookie dough is very moist and tacky. The dough needs to be refrigerated for at least a few hours to firm up and become sliceable before baking.
Refrigerate for a minimum of three hours to chill through to the center. Dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 to 3 days when tightly wrapped.
The typical refrigeration period for icebox cookies is overnight.
Why Use Cottage Cheese?
As the cookies bake the cottage cheese bakes out and leaves space and a cake like texture. This unique ingredient adds moisture and protein to these cookies as well.
This is a very simple recipe that can be mixed up quickly and makes a small batch of homemade cookies to enjoy.
- Cottage cheese
- Baking powder
Cream butter and cottage cheese until blended.
Sift dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture.
Mix the dough up well.
Form into a loaf. Roll the loaf of cookie dough into the size you want cookies to be. Also try to make the ends square instead of tapering so that all cookies are a uniform and even size.
Slice into thin and evenly sized cookies.
Bake on a greased baking sheet or use a non-stick mat at 375°F for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Makes 2 to 3 dozen cookies based on thickness of cookie slices. Baking time will also vary a few minutes based on thickness.
Prepare a batch of icing or use a can of icing if desired. Enjoy!
More Easy Holiday Desserts:
Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are chewy and hearty with a hint of sweet in every juicy raisin these Old Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are too good to stop eating.
Applesauce Raisin Cookies are delicious, moist, easy to make and call for simple ingredients that you likely have on hand!
The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe has milk chocolate and white chocolate chips to create the best cookies with a tender morsel that you’ll make at home!
Cottage Cheese Cookies
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Cream butter and cottage cheese until blended.
- Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture.
- Form into a loaf. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight in the refrigerator.
- Slice thin and bake on a greased or lined baking sheet at 375°F for 8 – 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
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Originally published May 6, 2021 with updates made on August 30, 2023.