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Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies Recipe

Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

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"These look so nice for Christmas with the red and green sprinkles."

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  1. Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Combine the 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.
  3. On four sheets of aluminum foil, shape dough into four 6 inch rolls, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll tightly in foil and refrigerate over night.
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). 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.
  5. Place on prepared cookie sheets; top each cookie with a pecan half. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned when lifted.
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  • Parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 15, 2007

Excellent cookie! It's a lot of trouble, but I developed a system that seemed to work for me. I put the parcels of dough in the freezer for a while, then was able to better shape them into round rather than square logs. I kept them in the freezer for a while longer and rolled them in the colored sugar. That also helped to round them. I returned them to the freezer for a while longer, then just brought out enough to cut for one cookie sheet. They were easy to slice, pretty much retained their shape, and didn't stick to the knife blade. While one sheet was in the oven I prepared the next one, and by the time it was ready to go into the oven, the dough was soft enough that I could easily tweak the shape if necessary. I used chopped pecans on top, and they added a wonderful toasted nut flavor. I used purchased colored sugar because I wanted the large crystals. One thing I noticed that no other reviewer seems to have mentioned is that the sugar caramelized a little and added an extra dimension of flavor and crunch. Definitely a good addition to any Christmas cookie tray.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 06, 2002

This recipe tasted bland, like something was definitely missing. It took a lot of time and trouble and I was disappointed with the results. I recommend skipping the red and green sugar crystals. Dip the cookies in powdered sugar. They taste very similar to sandtarts, but were too bland without something like powdered sugar.

Sep 16, 2006

These were delicious and they kept their shape well. Instead of circles, we shaped the logs into squares before we cut them. We already have enough round cookies. Also, they were much better when we are careful not to overbake them. They stay soft and delicious when they're only very lightly browned.

Dec 14, 2006

A costly cookie, but completely worth it! I have never made cream cheese cookies before, and I am so impressed by the moistness of this cookie. I added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar, and rolled the cookies in a mixture of crushed pecans and white sugar before cutting, and skipped the extra pecan ontop. I used parchment paper instead of foil in the oven aswell. I cut the cookies a bit wider, so I had a smaller yield, but these cookies were so moist and yummy, and cooked perfectly in 20 minutes! I will make these cookies again and again.

Dec 07, 2007

These cookies are yummy! I didn't let them sit overnight or wrap them, I just dropped them onto a cookie sheet (after a few minutes in the freezer) and pushed the sprinkles down on the top of them. I thought they were prettier this way, I didn't have to wait til the next day to finish them and they tasted just great!

Dec 19, 2006

Very delicate flavor. I did the first batch with the colored sugars. I had a problem keeping them the perfect shape. I was really hoping for a round cookie...not oblong. For my second batch I put them in the freezer for about an hour and it helped a lot. I also did crushed candy canes mixed with regular sugar and rolled the logs in that. I liked the peppermint taste with the delicate cream cheese. Good recipe. Thanks for sharing.

Dec 22, 2005

I think these cookies are great. I appreciate the fact that they are not overly sweet. I did make a few changes. I did not add the chopped pecans and I doubled the vanilla extract. Instead of pecan halves on top, I used candied cherry halves. I put red cherries on the ones rolled in green sugar and green cherries on the ones rolled in red sugar. They look so cute and festive!

Nov 27, 2005

I love this recipe. These cookies are wonderful. Last year was the first for making them and I am about to make more. I put sprinkles on the outside and when I rolled dough flat and covered with sprinkles then rolled into rolls. Made the pinwheel effect. I also put m&m's in the center when they were cut!!


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  • Calories
  • 105 kcal
  • 5%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 52 mg
  • 2%

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

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