Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

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. :)

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

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.

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

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.

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

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.

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese until well combined. Add sugar, beat until fluffy. Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract, beat well.
  2. In small bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Add dry ingredients to cream cheese mixture. Beat until well mixed.
  3. Divide dough in half, wrap each portion in plastic wrap, refrigerate about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Roll out dough half at a time to 1/8 inch thickness. On lightly flowered surface cut out cookies with cutters. Place 2 inches apart on a non greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake 8 to 10 min or until edges are lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  6. Frost cookies with almond frosting.
http://thekeenancookbook.com/dessert/cream-cheese-cutout-cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 or 5 tablespoons milk
  • Food coloring - optional

Instructions

  1. In small bowl beat the powdered sugar, softened butter and almond extract until smooth.
  2. For piping consistency beat in 4 or 5 tsps milk. For spreading consistency add a little more milk.
  3. If desired tint with food coloring
http://thekeenancookbook.com/dessert/cream-cheese-cutout-cookies

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

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:

Lots of Christmas Cookies

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