Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies

Ingredients

Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Almond Frosting

  • 2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 to 5 teaspoons milk

Instructions

  1. Cookies: Combine butter and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl. Beat until fluffy.
  2. Add sugar and beat until fluffy.
  3. Add egg, vanilla extract and almond extract. Beat well.
  4. In a medium bowl, stir together flour and baking powder.
  5. Add flour mixture to cream cheese and beat until well mixed. The dough will be stiff—add a little milk, if necessary.
  6. Divide dough in half.
  7. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 1/2 hours.
  8. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  9. On lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8" thickness. Cut with desired cookie cutter.
  10. Bake on greased cookie sheets for 8-10 minutes.
  11. Remove to wire rack and cool.
  12. Spread or decorate with Almond Frosting.
  13. Almond Frosting: In small mixing bowl, beat powdered sugar, butter and almond extract until fluffy.
  14. Beat in enough milk to make a spreadable consistency, adding more milk if ecessary.
  15. Stir in food coloring, if desired.

Servings: 84

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Dairy Farmers of Wisconsin