Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

December 6th, 2009 by Dionna | 6 Comments
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We tried a new cookie recipe this weekend, and it is a hit. I was in the mood for something different, so I dusted off my not-oft-used Better Homes and Gardens cook book and started flipping through the cookie recipes. I’ll include the recipe as written  (with my changes in parentheses). We made two batches – both the chocolate and citrus variations.

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Cream Cheese Cutouts

1/2 cup margarine or butter (I used butter)
1 3-ounce package cream cheese (I used 4 oz)
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar (I used almost 1/2 cup)
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla (I probably used closer to 1 tsp)

*In a mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
*Add about half of the flour, the sugar, egg, baking powder, and vanilla. Beat til thoroughly combined. (I always use a fork to mix the dry ingredients in first, then mix with my electric mixer for only a short time – this helps the cookies rise properly.)
*Beat in remaining flour. (Again, fork first, then electric.)
*Cover; chill 1 hour or til easy to handle.
*Divide the chilled dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time 1/8 inch thick. Cut into desired shapes with a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter. (I used a star cookie cutter and a regular drinking glass.) Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven about 8 minutes or till edges are lightly browned. (It took our cookies about 11-12 in a fully preheated oven, probably because they were a little thicker than 1/8 inch pre-baking.) Cool cookies on a wire rack.

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Chocolate Cream Cheese Cutouts

Prepare as above except add 2 squares/2 oz semisweet chocolate, metled and cooled, with the first half of the flour. (I used 3 squares of Ghiradelli semisweet baking chocolate.)

Citrus Cream Cheese Cutouts

Prepare as above, except add 1/2 teaspoon finely shredded lemon or orange peel and 1 tablespoon lemon or orange juice with the vanilla. (I added about 1/2 tsp of finely grated lemon peel, the juice from half of a very juicy fresh lemon, and a little splash of lemon juice from a bottle. All told I bet there was 2 tbsp of juice, I sampled the dough and added until it had a noticeable tang.)

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These are delicious! And I have a feeling that the dough would freeze well for later use. (We didn’t try that this time, though.) Each batch made about 2 dozen cookies (the recipe said it would make 60 – um, no.)

6 Responses to:
"Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies"

  1. raegan

    :drool:

    you bringing these to the cookie swap???

  2. Tracy

    I’ve flipped past that recipe dozens of times but never tried it. I may just have to now though.

    • Dionna   CodeNameMama

      They have a really subtle flavor, which doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement, but I really like them!

  3. CodeNamePapa   CodeNamePapa

    the recipe would have made 60 cookies if the cookies were the size of a nickel…

  4. Marie

    I have been making these cookies since 1983 I made the same changes except lowering the amount of sugar, which sounds like a great idea. I also add 1/2 tsp of almond extract with the vanilla, give the cookies a little mystery taste!

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