Sunday, December 19, 2010

Last Minute Treats: Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

This sugar cookie is as easy as it is delicious! How can you beat a recipe that lets you dump in the ingredients and mix? The only tiny hang up is that it does need to chill for a good 8 hours. After that, it can sit in the fridge for a day or so until you are ready to make cookies. Make a batch today for a fun activity later this week.

A quick way to get your butter "softened" is to slice it up once you get it out of the fridge. Let it sit while you put all the other ingredients in the mixer bowl.  Add the butter last and you'll be good to go. The cream cheese is usually soft enough right out of the fridge, but get it and let it sit while you assemble the other ingredients, too.

Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter (two sticks), softened
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1 egg yolk
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour

Mix together sugar, salt, extracts, egg yolk, butter and cream cheese. Stir in flour until combined.

Wrap dough in plastic wrap or wax paper and chill for 8 hours or overnight.

Roll out dough and cut in to shapes. Bake at 375 degrees for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned.

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