The fluffiest, softest Guava Cream Cheese Cookies made in a thumbprint style! These cuties aren't overly sweet and melt in your mouth. The base is a soft, fluffy cream cheese cookie and it's topped with a sweet fruity guava paste. Dust it in powdered sugar and you're ready to munch on these addicting cookies.
Guava and cheese is a popular combo of guava paste and white cheese in Florida, Caribbean countries, and Latin American countries. It's usually found in the form of a pastelito de guayaba, a flaky pastry filled with guava paste and cheese. Most recipes use a white cheese like cream cheese, mozzarella, queso fresco, or feta.
Prep Time: 2 hr 35 mins
– 2½ cups all-purpose flour – 1 teaspoon baking powder – ¼ teaspoon salt – 8 oz full-fat cream cheese – ½ cup unsalted butter – 1 cup sugar – 1 egg – ½ teaspoon vanilla extract – 1 teaspoon almond extract – 2 oz guava paste – confectioners' sugar
Combine the dry ingredients. Then, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the butter and beat until smooth, then the sugar and the rest of the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients and beat until just combined.
Cover and chill the dough for up to 2 hours. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll the dough into balls that are about 1-1.5 tablespoons large between the palm of your hands. Arrange the dough on the baking sheet so there are a few inches in between each cookie.
With the back of a spoon or using your thumb, create an indent in the middle. Add a dollop of guava paste or marmalade to the middle of each.
Bake for 13-16 minutes until the cookies lightly brown on the sides and have browned on the bottom. Allow the cookies to cool on a rack. Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar.
The cookies are ready to enjoy warm with a glass of cold milk!
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