Super soft cream cheese cookies dressed up in crushed candy canes, colored sugar or your favorite sprinkles. Perfect for your holiday dessert tray or cookie exhange.
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Are you looking for a simple but dazzling cookie to round out your holiday cookie tray? The search is over! These melt in your mouth gems, a cross between ashortbread and a sugar cookie, are just what you are have been looking for. The absolute best part is you can customize these babies.
The recipe calls for two teaspoons of vanilla and an extra teaspoon of extract in the flavor of your choice. I prefer almond extract for my extra, but any of the ones noted in the recipe are delicious. Another favorite is to use mint extract and roll in crushed candy canes or crushed soft puffy peppermint candies. The peppermint flavor and candy canes make a festive and delicious treat.
This recipe can easily be doubled. These cookies disappear so quickly around here, I often make double batches. Which is a huge plus if you need to make a large amount of cookies, for a bake sale or gift giving. Another added bonus, they stay soft for days on end if kept tightly covered.
I created this recipe several years ago when I just couldn't find a sugar cookie recipe to quite suit the taste and texture I was looking for. It has turned out to be one of my family's favorite. I often make several batches for gift giving and to keep on hand for cookie cravings at Christmas.
I hope they will become one of your favorites too!
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Makes approximately 40 cookies
2 and 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 and 1/2 Cups Powdered Sugar1/2 Cup Butter - Softened-no substitutions
4 Ounces Cream Cheese - Softened
1 Egg Yolk
2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 Teaspoon Your Favorite Extract *
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Sprinkles or Colored Sugars for dipping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Mix flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in bowl. Give it a quick stir to toss ingredients together. Set aside.
In stand mixer with paddle attachment or with hand mixer, cream butter and cream cheese together until fluffy, add egg and egg yolk mix until incorporated, add extracts and mix, add powdered sugar ½ cup at a time mixing well after each addition. Add rest of dry ingredients; combine just until no streaks of dry remain. Stopping and scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
Cover and chill dough for one hour. The longer you chill the dough the easier it is to handle.
Scoop by tablespoon full, dip top in crushed candy canes, colored sugar or sprinkles; being sure to cover sides as well. The cookies will spread as they bake and you want the entire top of the cookie to be covered in the sprinkles/crushed candy, covering the sides ensures this. Place at least two inches apart on cookie sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees for 11 to 12 minutes. As soon as edges become the faintest golden brown, it is time to remove from the oven.
Allow to cool on pan for five minutes before removing.
* Almond, Lemon, Orange, Cherry or Coconut are all good choices!
You can use peppermint extract and dip in crushed candy canes!
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Never thought of putting cream cheese but I love cream cheese so need to try these! Pinning, thanks! Visiting from Merry Monday :)ReplyDelete
Hi Bernadyn! I love using cream cheese, probably too much lol. Thanks for pinning and visiting :)Delete
A cross between sugar cookies and shortbread, sounds amazing. I think I would be gobbling these cookies!ReplyDelete
Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.
Yes, I have made two batches already and a third is in the works. Thanks for visiting Catherine!Delete
Wow! looks really festive!ReplyDelete
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Thank you, festive and simple to make, but so yummy :) Thanks for stopping by!Delete
YUM - easy to make and look wonderful. Pinned it to try! :)ReplyDelete
Hi Jamie, they are easy to make and delicious to eat :) Thank you so much for pinning and visiting!Delete
These are so pretty and they sound delicious. I love soft cookies. Pinned and put on the must try list!ReplyDelete
Thank you Beverly. I hope you try them, you will love them! Thanks for pinning!Delete
Oh my goodness sparkly cookies! I have pinned these because I have to try them.ReplyDelete
They are so pretty with the colored sugar, thank you for pinning!Delete
You're right, these are exactly what I was looking for! I've been stuck in indecision on whether to make sugar cookies or shortbread (I could make both, but as these are for myself, I didn't want to), and now I can make these. :) Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
I am glad you found a recipe to satisfy both your cravings. You will be glad you made them, they are on the top of the list for my Christmas baking. Thanks for stopping by :)Delete
Gorgeous as usual Christy!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Judy and they are yummy too!Delete
I have never been a huge fan of plain sugar cookies, but your cross might change my mind. :) Pinning. I love the customization option. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.ReplyDelete
Hi Rachel, that is part of the appeal of this recipe I think, to customize them however you want. Thank you for pinning! I love sharing at Merry Monday, thank you for hosting!Delete
Delicious looking Sugar cookies!!!Thank you so much for joining in the celebration tonight on #PureBlogLove , we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you next week on Thursday 8 pm est - through Sunday night.ReplyDelete
Thank you Heidy, they are pretty and yummy. Thanks for hosting Pure Blog Love!Delete
Love sugar cookies and cream cheese sugar cookies even better.... Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday Linky Party. Sharing on my Facebook page today.ReplyDelete
Most anything with cream cheese is a favorite for me. Thank you for sharing on FB! So glad you stopped by!Delete
Hey hey hey! Stopped by to let you know that this was the most clicked link in our party last week ;) Congrats!! Thanks so much for linking up!ReplyDelete
You will be featured this week and have been pinned to our Features Board.
Have an awesome weekend!
This is fabulous! I love it. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party! I hope you stop by on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you. Merry Christmas! Lou Lou GirlsReplyDelete
Love these!!! They are being featured on my blog Lori's Culinary Creations Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday party tomorrow !! Wahoo!!! Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Oh, I bet the cream cheese is an amazing addition to your cookies! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Social. Please come back and link up again Thursday 9:00 PM EST for Happy New Year! Pinned. http://www.theKitchenChopper.comReplyDelete
Christy, these cookies look great! Your post was very popular on our last Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row so you will be featured on this coming New Year's hop! We go live Tuesday night 7pm ET. Hope to see you there.ReplyDelete