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It’s that time of year again! Time to break out the Christmas cookies. This recipe for Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies is a must-try. The cookies are soft and fluffy, with a delicious cream cheese frosting. Kids and adults alike will love these delicious treats. Advanced Merry Christmas!
Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies: The Perfect Holiday Treat!
These tangy and irresistible Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies are the perfect addition to your holiday cookie plate! They’re made with a delicious cream cheese dough, then baked to golden perfection. The result is a crispy, but soft cookie that’s perfect for sharing. And, of course, they’re topped with a sweet and tangy cream cheese frosting that’s sure to please even the most tangy of tastebuds. So, if you’re looking for a show stopper treat this holiday season, be sure to give these cookies a try!
The tangy cream cheese frosting is the perfect compliment to these delicate Christmas cookies. The cream cheese adds a delicious richness to the frosting, while also helping to balance out the sweetness of the powdered sugar. I like to add a little bit of vanilla extract and lemon juice to my frosting, which helps to give it a beautiful light flavor. When it comes to decorating these cookies, you can have fun with it and really let your creativity shine. I like to use festive sprinkles and candy cane pieces, but you can use whatever you like. These cookies are sure to be a hit at any holiday party!
What’s inside these Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies that makes them so good?
Cream Cheese adds richness and depth of flavor to cookies. It also helps to create a moist and tender texture. It also provides a slight tang that balances out the sweetness of other ingredients, like chocolate or fruit.
Unsalted Butter adds moisture and fat to the dough, which helps to create a soft, tender cookie. In addition, butter is responsible for the rich flavor and beautiful golden color of cookies.
Brown Sugar has molasses, which not only gives it its characteristic brown color but also a deep caramel flavor. This molasses also makes brown sugar stickier than granulated sugar, so it helps bind the ingredients together better.
Vanilla extract enhances the flavor of other ingredients in cookies. This is because vanilla has a complex flavor profile that includes notes of floral, spicy, and woody. When added to cookies, vanilla extract helps to round out the flavors of the other ingredients.
Almond Extract imparts a rich, nutty flavor that enhances the flavor of other ingredients. Plus, this is my secret ingredient to add flavor and sweetness! I find sugar cookies without almond extract to be very bland.
Best Baking Tips; Let’s make them Gluten-free and Vegan!
Finding the perfect Christmas cookie recipe can be a daunting task, especially if you have dietary restrictions. But with a few simple swaps, it’s easy to make delicious, gluten-free and vegan cream cheese cookies that everyone can enjoy.
Flaxseed is a great substitute for eggs, while coconut oil or vegan butter can be used in place of regular butter. And for the cream cheese frosting, simply swap in vegan cream cheese. These swaps mean that the cookies are not only safe for those with gluten allergies, but they’re also vegan-friendly. Don’t worry if you can’t find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store – most health food stores will carry them. And if you’re worried about the texture of the cookies, don’t be – almond flour in place of wheat flour gives them a light and fluffy consistency that’s sure to please. So go ahead and bake up a batch of these delicious cream cheese cookies – everyone will be glad you did!
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That’s The Way These Holiday Cookies Crumble!
Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies
Let's gather the ingredients!
For the Cookies:
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- ½ cup cream cheese softened
- 1 ½ cup brown sugar packed
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg fresh, beaten
- ½ tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
For the Cream Cheese frosting:
- 4 oz cream cheese softened
- ½ cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 ¼ cup powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Cream Cheese Cookies:
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Combine the softened butter and cream cheese using an electric mixer.
- Add in 1 ½ cups of the brown sugar to the bowl, and beat until fluffy.
- Then add the beaten egg and stir to combine, add the vanilla, and stir again.
- In a separate medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
- After mixing well, pour these ingredients into the bowl with the wet mixture, and combine.
- Roll out the dough, and cut out desired shapes using a cookie cutter and place on baking sheet about 1-inch apart.
- Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. They are done when the top of each cookie is forming cracks.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- Beat together the softened butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.
- Slowly add in the vanilla extract, lemon juice, and powdered sugar. Then beat until smooth.
- If the frosting is too thick, add ½ teaspoon of water until you reach the desired consistency.
- Make sure the cookies are completely cooled.
- Top the cookies with the cream cheese frosting, making sure to leave a border in the sides for better presentation.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar and candy decorations. This is optional.
- Serve and enjoy with family and friends!
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To Wrap It All Up
Christmas is a time for family, friends, and of course, lots of delicious food. These cream cheese cookies are the perfect treat to bring to your next holiday party or give as a gift to someone you love. They’re easy to make and everyone will love them! Be sure to try them out this year!
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