Cream Cheese Cookie Cutouts

February 6th, 2011

I don’t want to brag, but I make the world’s best frosted sugar cookies. That’s not hubris. It’s just a simple fact. My family doesn’t have a lot of “family recipes” but this is one of them. The secret? Cream cheese. Now, stop wrinkling your nose. I hate cream cheese but it makes these cookies magical. They’re a staple at all Family Gatherings — though it’s only been in recent years that I’ve learned to look beyond Christmas and make them for other occasions. Like the Superbowl.

The recipe makes a big batch so in addition to the helmets and footballs I made for the game, I also baked a bunch of hearts that I threw in the freezer and will frost next weekend for the Valentine’s Day!

Here’s the recipe, compliments of The Book my mother and her sisters wrote.

Cream Cheese Cookie Cutouts

Makes about 7 dozen cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/5 cups all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add the sugars; beat until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla; beat well. Stir the baking powder into the flour, and add gradually to the creamed mixture, stirring well. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill overnight.*

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4 inch thick. I highly recommend using a pastry cloth since the dough is sticky. Cut with cookie cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly browned. Do not over bake! You want them a bit soft, still. Crunchy is not the goal here. Remove and cool on a wire rack.

The frosting’s easy. Mix together powdered sugar and milk to the desired consistency. Add food coloring and unleash your inner cookie Picasso.

*Do not skip this step. This is the world’s stickiest dough, perhaps because of the cream cheese. It really needs a good overnight chill to make it workable. There will come a time when you will be tempted to disregard this advice. You’ll realize in the morning that you need dessert for an event that evening and you’ll think — “I bet a couple hours in the fridge is all it really needs….” In a situation like this, my advice is simple: bake brownies.

This post is part of the Ultimate Recipe Swap over at Life as Mom. Head on over and check out some great Valentine recipes!

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