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Decorated Christmas Balls

Yield: about 56 cookies
Prep 45 mins Chill 4 hrs to 24 hrs Bake 375°F 8 mins to 10 mins
Decorated Christmas Balls
Ingredients
  • 3/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 3  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4  cup  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  egg
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  •  Small multicolored decorative candies, sprinkles, gumdrops, and assorted colored sugars
Directions

1. In a large mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg and vanilla until combined. Beat or stir in flour.

2. Divide dough in half. Shape each half of dough into a 7-inch-long roll. Wrap each roll in plastic wrap or waxed paper. Chill for 4 to 24 hours or until easy to handle.

3. Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Place slices about 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Using decorative candies, colored sugars, and/or gumdrops rolled out and cut into festive shapes, decorate the slices to resemble Christmas balls.

4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Carefully transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool. Makes about 56 cookies.

From the Test KitchenVisions of Sugar Plums:
  • Bedeck frosted cookies with candy ornaments crafted from gumdrops. Here are three ideas. Use your imagination to conjure up some more.
Bells:
  • Cut a large gumdrop lengthwise into 4 slices. Add a red cinnamon candy along the long flat side of each slice of the gumdrop to form a bell.
Cutouts:
  • Use your fingers or a rolling pin to flatten a gumdrop to about 1/8-inch thickness. Cut out small shapes using a knife or hors d'oeuvres cutters.
Holly leaves:
  • Arrange slices of small green gumdrops around red cinnamon candies to create holly and berries.
Nutrition Facts (Decorated Christmas Balls)
  • cal. (kcal) 64,
  • Fat, total (g) 3,
  • chol. (mg) 12,
  • sat. fat (g) 2,
  • carb. (g) 8,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • sodium (mg) 44,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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