Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

This has to be one of the easiest Christmas cookie recipes ever! They are delicious though, which makes it that much better that they are so easy to make.

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp real vanilla extract
  • Candied cherries or toasted pecan halves for garnish
  • Dusting of powdered sugar (optional)

Cream the butter and cream cheese; slowly add the sugar, beating until fluffy. Beat in the egg yolk. Add the flour and vanilla, mixing well with a large spoon. Chill the dough for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Preheat the oven to 325F. Shape the dough into 1″ balls with your hands, and place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Gently press a candied cherry half (red or green, or mix them up) or a toasted pecan half into the top of each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cookie won’t take on much color on top, but will be golden brown on the bottom. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. If desired, sprinkle cookies with powdered sugar.

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9 thoughts on “Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

    • Yes you could do that. I normally make mine with a pecan half on top instead of the cherry, but that’s just a matter of taste. You could press in and put some jam/preserves and they would be nice also.

    • It will usually dissolve off, but sometimes it will linger. Most of the time I simply leave the powdered sugar off, because I prefer mine with a pecan half on top instead of the cherry, but that’s just a matter of taste. The cherry (red or green) will add more holiday color, but pecans are so plentiful this time of year that I usually have bags of them in my freezer.

  1. These cookies are literally the best I’ve ever had and made… I made sooo many batches during the holidays of friends and family requesting them! I did add 1/2 teaspoon salt to em. These are seroisly addicting!

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