Cream Cheese Cut-out Christmas Cookies



From the time Billy and Matt were little boys, this was the cookie they had to have every Christmas, not only for them to eat, but for Santa to enjoy with his glass of milk on Christmas Eve. 

I had no problem baking them; however, there was a catch:  they had to help with the decorating.  Cookie decorating is definitely not my thing.  I use cookie cutters rarely and forget piping bags, I have no patience for them at all.  



 I warned you, ☺ about my cookie decorating, 
but they make up for it in deliciousness!

Santa's, angels, snowmen, candy canes, reindeer, stars, Christmas trees and bells covered the table  ~ plenty of cookies to keep them busy decorating for a good while on a wintry afternoon.  I mixed icing with red and green food coloring, handed them each a knife and we decorated away.  Colored sugar was scattered everywhere, they did a great job, and what a fun mess we made! 

Sadly, those days are long gone, and now this is my go to cut-out cookie recipe.  These cookies are easy to make, although the dough needs to refrigerate for an hour.  Easy to make, delicious to eat, just not so pretty to look at now that I do all the decorating myself...

Cream cheese is the little secret ingredient here that makes these cut-out cookies easy to handle and adds a little tang to complement the sweetness.






I like them rolled out on the thin side and nice and crisp, with just a very slight touch of golden color on the bottom and sides when they come out of the oven.  If you roll them out thicker, they have a softer cookie texture. 

So ~ turn on your favorite Christmas tunes and bake and decorate to your hearts content!

The aroma is wonderful as they bake...

Cream Cheese Cut-out Cookies
Printable recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup butter, room temperature
3 ounces cream cheese
2¼ cups flour
1¼ cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1 egg
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract

Icing:
3 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
Milk
Food coloring, optional
Sprinkles

Method for the dough:
Beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium speed.
Add half of flour, then sugar, egg, salt and extracts.
Beat on low speed until combined.
Beat in the remaining flour on low speed.
Divide dough in half, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to ¼” thick.
Cut out shapes with cookie cutters.
Arrange on baking sheets.
Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are slightly golden.
Transfer to write rack and cool completely.

Method for the icing:
Beat together sugar, butter and cream cheese in small bowl.
Add extracts.
Stir in milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing is of spreading consistency.
Add food coloring if desired.
Decorate cookies with icing and sprinkles.
Makes about 2 dozen




Enjoy!





41 comments:

  1. Very cool cookies and story of yesterday-year, Pam. Happy Christmas.

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! Those were the good old days! Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Gloria! They're yummy! Take care

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  3. The dough must be particularly delicious with added cream cheese. Have a wonderful cookie season, Pam.

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    1. Hi Angie! Yes, the cream cheese added a good subtle taste. Thanks!

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  4. Always good. I tried to disappear on the day the decorating began because
    I knew that on Christmas Eve I would eat the cookies with a glass of milk. (around midnight)

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    1. Hi Dear! Yes, lucky you! No decorating for you, just enjoying eating the cookies as your midnight snack on Christmas Eve! Fun days! Love...

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  5. Pam, Great looking Christmas cookies. My better half spent a good part of her day making cookies. One recipe was for a nice sugar cookie and the other was for a spectacular cranberry orange shortbread cookie that she got the recipe for from Pinterest. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Hi David! Those shortbread cookies sound really great! Have to look around on Pinterest soon! Take care

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  6. I'd love to have one of these right now.

    M :)

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    1. Wish I could send you a batch through this laptop, Melinda! Have a good day!

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    1. Thanks, Dangira! Glad you like them! Take care

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  8. Your cut-out cookies look like little pieces of art; no decorating needed. Everything nowadays get's simplified and that's rather good. The taste is what matters and, with the above ingredients and flavors you can't get wrong.

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    1. Thanks, Duta! I agree with the decorating simply because I'm not so good at it. Taste matters for sure. Have a great rest of the week!

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  9. My husband would love these cookies because his mother baked similar cookies. Merry Christmas Pam.

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    1. Hi Gerlinde! I get what you're saying about your husband, mom's baking rules! ☺ Take care

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  10. There's the fancy artistic professionally decorated cookie and then there is the rustic knife frosted cookies that are on a whole different level. I'm always drawn to these because I know they will be homemade delicious and are a work of heart. Yours are beautiful and thank you for sharing the recipe. Yum!

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    1. Thanks Betty Jean! These are rustic for sure but oh, so delicious! You're very sweet, thanks and have a great rest of the week!

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  11. Yum! Cream cheese dough sounds delicious. Like you, I don't have much patience for decorating. Your cookies do look pretty though!

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    1. Hi Cakelaw! Thanks, I think it takes a whole lot of patience. That's nice of you, thanks again!

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  12. what a lovely traditional cookie so festive! Merry Christmas and have a better year to come ever in 2018

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    1. Hi Claudia! Thanks so much for the good wishes, nice! Here's wishing you Merry Christmas and hope your wishes come true in 2018!

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  13. Really like the idea of the cream cheese -- what a winner of an idea! These cookies are winners, too -- so nice and seasonal. Thanks! And Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks, John! Yes, the cream cheese makes a good difference. Happy Holidays to you also!

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  14. These cookies sound yummy! I think that your cookies look beautiful, nothing wrong with the decorating. My kids were never too big for the cut out cookies, so as they got older I stopped making them. Now that I have grandkids I have started making them again. My granddaughter loves to decorate them. I will have to try this recipe the next time I make cut out cookies. I hope you have a Merry Christmas an Happy New Year Pam!!

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    1. Thanks, Dawn! That's great that your granddaughter loves to decorate them! That means special time with your granddaughter for you. Hope you like this recipe should you try it. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  15. Your cookies looks so festive and lovely!
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Joyce! It was fun for the boys, esp eating them! Merry Christmas!

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  16. Oh you are to hard on yourself, the decorating is so pretty. And I do like the fact that you got the kids involved in it when they were young. Oh love the Cream cheese in there for sure. Santa is very lucky when he stops by at your place! Happy Holidays!

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    1. Thanks, Evelyne, I'm just glad they liked to do it back then. Yes, Santa told us how much he loves them! Happy Holidays to you!

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  17. I am sure the cream cheese counterbalances the sweetness and they look spectacular, despite what you are saying about the decoration! Happy holidays and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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    1. Thanks, Katerina! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  18. Oh yum,look so good! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year☺

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    1. Thanks, natalia! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

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  19. These look wonderful, Pam! My family loves frosted sugar cookies, but like you, I'm not patient enough to make them beautiful! But they still love them :) Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

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    1. Thanks, Liz! Yes, they're pretty good! Merry Christmas to you!

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  20. They look perfect, Pam! Saving :) Merry Christmas to you and your family ♥

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    1. Thanks, Susan! Merry Christmas to you and your family also ❣

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