Christmas Cookies | Dessert

Almond Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

December 2, 2016

These cookies are crispy, tender, melt in your mouth. With subtle almond flavor. They are perfect with a cup of tea.

Every Christmas I try to make this recipe. It’s a bit more expensive than other recipes because it has cream cheese, but the cookies come out so tender, that it’s worth those extra cents.

Because of the use of cream cheese in the dough, these cookies have a tender, but crunchy crumb. And at the same time, they maintain their shape during baking.

The flavors can be varied. I love almonds, and that’s why I used it; It can be made with just vanilla extract; maybe add some orange or lemon zest. It all depends on your taste and what you have on hand.

Galletitas de almendras y queso crema / Almond cream cheese sugar cookies

This icing recipe is one of my favorites. Dries quickly, you can use different colors, you can vary the thickness (a few drops of water and a more liquid icing, more icing sugar and you get a thicker icing), and you can freeze the cookies already decorated.

I really enjoy decorating cookies, it’s so relaxing. Do you find baking and decorating cookies relaxing? Of course, when my kids are helping, it’s not so relaxing anymore šŸ˜¬

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5 from 2 votes
Almond Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Resting Time
1 hr
Total Time
23 mins
 
These cookies are crispy, tender, melt in your mouth. With subtle almond flavor. They are perfect with a cup of tea.
Course: Christmas cookies
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32
Calories: 116 kcal
Author: Lizet Bowen
Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar (200g)
  • 1 cup butter softened (226.8g)
  • 85 gr. / 3 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour (281.25g)
Icing:
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 cup icing sugar (125g)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Food coloring
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine sugar, butter, cream cheese, salt, almond and vanilla extract, and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Add flour; mix well. Divide dough in 2 equal portions. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 190.5 Ā°C / 375 Ā°F. On a floured surface, roll out 1 disk of dough at a time to 1/8-inch thickness. (Keep remaining dough refrigerated.) Cut with lightly floured cookie cutters. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  4. Bake for 6 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets; cool completely on wire racks. If desired, frost and decorate cookies.
  5. Icing: In the bowl of your electric mixer (or with a hand mixer), beat the egg white for a minute. Add the sifted powdered sugar and vanilla and beat on low speed until combined and smooth.
  6. Add food coloring if desired.
Recipe Notes

To store: Place frosted cookies in layers separated by waxed paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Almond Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

 

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    1. Yes, Rita. They would look nice as ornaments šŸ™‚ with my kids I don’t think they would last that long on the tree šŸ™‚

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