Christmas may be over, but that isn’t going to stop us from sharing a little more holiday cheer (and calories!).
These Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies are perfect for any occasion and any time of year, but in our family they tend to make a special appearance for the Christmas holiday. A seriously delicious cream cheese cookie, cut out into the shapes of Christmas Trees, stockings, wreaths and stars; then topped with a delicious almond frosting.
If you put a few of these out for Santa I’m certain he would leave you an extra present – though I wouldn’t know; I never have any cookies left to share with him.
I wanted to share this recipe with you last week but it wasn’t ready in time. Instead I shared the very festive (hey it’s got green and red) avocado and tomato dip – prefect for New Years Eve.
This recipe was actually originally posted 2 years ago (!) when we first started our blog, when it was just our online collection of family recipes. These cream cheese cut out cookies come from a friend of the family, Betty.
Betty shared this recipe with my Mom a few years ago, and my Mom has been baking these cookies ever since. I love that. I love when family and friends share recipes. Good food is meant to be shared, and now whenever we have these cookies we think of Betty.
We had a very nice Christmas – our first with Baby Boy, who is now officially 9 months old (where has the time gone?). It was fun watching him open his presents. We would tear the wrapping paper or tug at the tissue paper to start him off, then after he got the idea he would rip it off. At first he wasn’t really sure about this whole unwrapping presents thing. He would grab the wrapping paper then look at us, as if to say “Really? You’re going to let me rip this thing apart and not stop me?” Once he got into it he really had fun. I think the wrapping paper was more fun than the actual present – though he thoroughly enjoyed those too.
I didn’t ask Santa for anything for Christmas. I already got what I wanted, 9 months ago and 4 and 1/2 years ago); a beautiful, happy and healthy Baby Boy and a wonderful, loving wife. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that.
We hope you had a great Christmas and Hanukkah, and a wonderful time with the people you love.
I thought it would be fun to share a photo of my Christmas baking, as I did quite a lot of it. I went through about 8 pounds of flour and 2 pounds of butter. Here’s what my lucky family got in their Christmas cookie tins:
- S’mores Cookies
- Rainbow Cookies
- Rachel’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (recipe coming soon)
- Snickerdoodle Sandwichs (Recipe from Two Peas and Their Pod)
- S’mores Cake in Jars (Recipe from How Sweet It Is)
- Red Velvet Cake in Jar (Recipe coming soon)