Creme brûlée cookies are soft and full of amazing flavor.
Creme brûlée cookies are soft and full of amazing flavor.

Try this creme brûlée cookie recipe

What’s a creme brûlée cookie like?

Imagine a cross between the softest, most flavorful sugar cookie and a delicious creme brûlée. That’s what this creme brûlée cookie recipe offers. They’re remarkably easy to make, given their fancy-schmancy look, and are perfect for a party. 

A kitchen torch brûlées the cream cheese icing.
A kitchen torch brûlées the cream cheese icing.

Do I need a kitchen torch?

What if you don’t have a kitchen torch? Unfortunately, from my experience, you really need a kitchen torch. I tried broiling this in the oven, and it did not work. Luckily, kitchen torches are very inexpensive. I found one on Amazon for about $10.


Recipe by Nana JanaCourse: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


  • For the cookies:
  • 1 1/2 sticks butter, softened

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • For the icing:
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened

  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (for topping)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line two cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper.
  •  Cream butter and sugars until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and beat until smooth.
  • Roll dough into tablespoon-size balls and place on cookie sheet. Press down slightly. Bake about 10 minutes, until edges are lightly brown.
  • Remove from oven and let cookies cool slightly before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla . 
  • When cookies have cooled, spread a layer of the cream cheese icing on each cookie.
  • Sprinkle cookies with a thin layer of granulated sugar. With a back and forth motion, burnish the tops of the cookies with a kitchen torch.

Looking for more cookie recipes?

You have to try these amazing Cowboy Cookies!

Bruleed cookies waiting to be plated.
Enjoy these rich and chewy cookies with a sweet, toasted cream cheese icing topping.

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