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Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

Yield: about 12 cookies
Prep 30 mins Chill 1 hr Bake 375°F 8 mins Cool 1 min
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
Ingredients
  • 1/2  cup  butter, softened
  • 1 3  ounce package  cream cheese, softened
  • 1  cup  powdered sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  egg
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1  recipe  Royal Icing (see recipe below)
  •  Royal Icing Snowflakes (optional)
Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, vanilla, and almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to a 1/4-inch thickness. Using a scalloped 4-inch cookie cutter, cut out dough, rerolling scraps as needed.

3. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet for 1 minute. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; let cool.

4. Decorate as desired with Royal Icing. If desired, decorate with Royal Icing Snowflakes. Makes about 12 cookies.

From the Test Kitchen
  • Cookies decorated with syrup and almonds do not hold well so decorate them within 4 hours of serving. To store undecorated cookies, layer them between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
Royal Icing
Ingredients
  • 4  cups  powdered sugar
  • 3  tablespoons  meringue powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  cream of tartar
  • 1/2  cup  warm water
  • 1  teaspoon  vanilla
  •  food coloring (optional)
Directions

1. In a large bowl, stir together powdered sugar, meringue powder, and cream of tartar. Add warm water and vanilla. Tint with food coloring, if desired. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed until combined, then on high speed for 7 to 10 minutes or until very stiff. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons additional water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until icing reaches desired consistency. Makes about 3 cups.

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