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Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

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"These are so nice at Christmas time, they look as pretty as they taste."

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Original recipe makes 4 dozen (approx.) Change Servings


  1. In a large bowl, cream butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla. With electric mixer at medium speed, beat until light and fluffy. In medium sized bowl, combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  2. On four sheets of aluminun foil, shape dough into four 6 inch rolls, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll tightly in foil and refrigerate over night.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (170 degrees C).
  4. Line cookie sheets with foil. Remove rolls of dough from refrigerator one at a time. Coat each roll with red or green sugar crystals; cut dough into 1/4 inch slices. Place on prepared cookie sheets; top each cookie with a pecan half. Bake for 15 - 18 minutes, or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned when lifted. These look so nice for Christmas.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 25, 2006

These cookies are my holiday favorites. I have been baking them at Christmas every year for about ten years now. They have a great flavor and look festive on the cookie tray. Be careful not to overbake them - - very lightly browned is perfect for a slightly chewy, cheesecake taste.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 24, 2007

We did not like these cookies. Too dry and tasted like flour. I followed directions as stated.


36 Ratings

Nov 25, 2003

Yummy! Very delicate cheesecakey kind of taste. Just one note - my oven is a bit hotter than most, so the bottoms are a bit black. Starting at 10 minutes, keep y our eye on them to make sure that the cookies don't burn!

Nov 10, 2007

I've been looking for a cream cheese based recipes since my sister lost hers. I think this is as good if not better. I loved it with the pecans but might add chopped red and green candied cherries next time for color.

Jan 25, 2008

These cookies were great! Everyone loved them and they weren't difficult to make. The only problem I had was that my pecans kept falling off. I also made a batch with almonds instead of pecans and these were also wonderful.

Jan 08, 2003

These cookies were very easy to prepare and after refrigerating they were easy to cut and baked up just right. Awesome flavor will definately make again. Wonderful cookie!

Dec 14, 2009

These are delicious! Instead of using the pecans on the top, I mixed in 1/2 cup of chopped red cherries and 1/2 cup of green cherries. They looked very festive with the red and green sugar and tasted even better. I had to stick them in the freezer so I would have some left for the holidays! This recipe is a keeper!

Dec 16, 2010

This is a great cookie recipe, and easy to prepare. I found that putting the colored sugar into a large zipper bag and then dropping the whole roll in to coat it worked best. Also, make sure to push the pecan into the dough a bit on top so that it will stay put. I used my KitchenAid mixer to cream the sugar and cream cheese, I think it would be a bit difficult by hand. Also, doubling the recipe fills the kitchenaid bowl to the brim......


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  • Calories
  • 124 kcal
  • 6%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 15 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 7.4 g
  • 11%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.3 g
  • 3%
  • Sodium
  • 65 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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