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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies


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Serves 60 | Prep Time 30 Minutes for Cookies | Cook Time 8-10 Minutes

Ingredients

1 Cup Butter (softened)
1 8-Ounce Package Cream Cheese (softened)
3 1/2 Cups Flour
2 Cups Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Vanilla


Cut Butter and Cream Cheese into pieces (no specific size, just smaller so that its easier for the mixer to break down)


Mix Butter, Cream Cheese and Sugar together until light and fluffy


Add Egg and Vanilla


Continue to Mix until combined


Add Baking Powder


Add Flour in small amounts until completely mixed in


Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour



Preheat oven to 325 degrees


Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray


On a floured surface, roll the cookies to a desired thickness. I normally roll my to about 3/4 of an inch to make a thicker cookie but I know some of my friends like a crispier cookie and roll them thiner to 1/2 inch.


Cut out designs


Place cookies about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets


Bake for 8-10 minutes


I normally bake for a shorter time, until the bottoms are slightly brown and the tops are done but still soft to the touch so that the cookies have a cakey texture. If you want a crispier cookie, bake longer


Remove and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely



Decorator Icing:


There are many variations on decorator icing. This is the one that I learned in my cake decorating class and it works well for me. Note that if you want to ensure that you have white frosting, substitue normal shortending for the butter flavored I mention below. The flavorings/candy oil mentioned can be purchased at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.



1 1/2 Cups Butter Flavored Shortening


1/4 Cup Water


1 Package Powder Sugar (2lbs)


2 Tablespoons Vanilla


1 Teaspoon Butter Flavoring


3-4 Drops LorAnn Candy Oil (I use Raspberry or Bubble Gum Flavor)


Wilton Colors



Place Shortening, Water, Flavorings and about 1 Cup Powder Sugar in Mixing Bowl


Beat on Medium until blended


Continue adding the Powder Sugar in very small amounts until completely blended


You can now divide the frosting into bowls and add the Wilton colors for decorating



Decorate cookies by either spreading frosting on with a knife, or with decorator bags and tips.


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Notes

This is not grandmas recipe for old-fashioned sugar cookies. Not that there was anything wrong with that. But when you add cream cheese to a sugar cookie it adds a sweet and fluffy texture to them that grandmas cookies never had!

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