20 MUST MAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES

IT’S TIME TO START BAKING FOR OUR ANNUAL CHRISTMAS COOKIES PLATES! I’M GETTING LOTS OF INSPIRATION FROM THESE 20 MUST MAKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES!

It just isn’t the holidays until we start baking cookies. We love everything from shortbread to chocolate cookies, peppermint to cherry in our house. If it’s a cookie, it belongs in someone’s belly. This year we’ve put together some of our all-time favorite cookies recipes and a few that we’re currently drooling over. There’s something for everyone. So grab the family and get to baking these 20 Must Make Christmas Cookies!

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies recipe made with softened cream cheese in the cookie dough.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 3 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • desired cookie decorations

Instructions

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter and cream cheese.
  • Add in sugar, salt egg and vanilla. Beat until creamy.
  • Gradually add in flour, 1/2 cup at a time, while mixer is on low speed.
  • Transfer dough to a zip-top bag or a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid.
  • Refrigerate 2 hours, or overnight.
  • Remove dough from refrigerator, open bag or unseal container lid, and allow to warm on counter until easily pliable – about an hour, but this depends on how warm your kitchen is at the time.
  • Divide the dough in half.
  • Roll out half the dough on a well floured surface, using a well floured rolling pin, until about 1/8 inch thick – on the thicker side is better than too thin!
  • Cut out cookies using various cookie cutters.
  • Place on ungreased cookie sheets (non stick baking mats work great) and decorate with sugar or sprinkles if desired (leave the frosting or gel decorations for after baking).
  •  Bake at 375 degrees for 7 – 9 minutes, or until just slightly brown on the edges.
  • Transfer to cooking racks and decorate with icing when completely cool.

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