Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
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INGREDIENTS
  • Cooking Time: 8-10 Minutes
  • Servings: 60
  • Preparation Time: 30 Minutes for Cookies
  • 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
DIRECTIONS
  1. Cut Butter and Cream Cheese into pieces (no specific size, just smaller so that its easier for the mixer to break down)
  2. Mix Butter, Cream Cheese and Sugar together until light and fluffy
  3. Add Egg and Vanilla
  4. Continue to Mix until combined
  5. Add Baking Powder
  6. Add Flour in small amounts until completely mixed in
  7. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 1 hour
  8. Preheat oven to 325 degrees
  9. Spray cookie sheets with non-stick cooking spray
  10. 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.
  11. Cut out designs
  12. Place cookies about 2 inches apart on cookie sheets
  13. Bake for 8-10 minutes
  14. 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
  15. Remove and transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely
  16. Decorator Icing:
  17. 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.
  18. 1 1/2 Cups Butter Flavored Shortening
  19. 1/4 Cup Water
  20. 1 Package Powder Sugar (2lbs)
  21. 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
  22. 1 Teaspoon Butter Flavoring
  23. 3-4 Drops LorAnn Candy Oil (I use Raspberry or Bubble Gum Flavor)
  24. Wilton Colors
  25. Place Shortening, Water, Flavorings and about 1 Cup Powder Sugar in Mixing Bowl
  26. Beat on Medium until blended
  27. Continue adding the Powder Sugar in very small amounts until completely blended
  28. You can now divide the frosting into bowls and add the Wilton colors for decorating
  29. Decorate cookies by either spreading frosting on with a knife, or with decorator bags and tips.
RECIPE BACKSTORY
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!