These Christmas Cookies are easy and melt in your mouth!
Christmas Cream Cheese Cookies are going to be your new favorite holiday cookie! They melt in your mouth and are so festive with their sprinkles.
Christmas Cream Cheese Cookies, you guys!! They are soooo good! I made them for the bake sale at Dean’s school and had a few leftover, people we literally fighting over them, they are that good!!
I have to make more this weekend because my family is dying for them!
These cookies are buttery and rich but are light and melt in your mouth thanks to the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar, yum!
There is nothing I love more than baking during the holidays, I love getting all the sprinkles and icings, and different cookies and creating huge platters of cookies for our Christmas Eve dinner and of course for Santa!! Of all the cookies I make during the holidays these have to be my favorite!
They are so delicious!! I thought my husband was going to eat to the whole batch! They have become my grandma’s new favorite cookies and that is saying something especially since her name is Cookie lol.
I love them with just this simple glaze so you can really taste that buttery cream cheese flavor but they are so easy to flavor up a million different ways (I’ll share a few other holiday flavors for them soon!) Of course I have to dress them up with a few festive sprinkles!
So this holiday season make these super easy, super delicious cookies and serve them up on a big old holiday cookie platter and you will be the hit of any get together.
These Christmas Cream Cheese Cookies are also the perfect gift for teachers, neighbors, friends, hostess gift, anyone would love to receive these delicious little cookies!
Can I skip the glaze?
Sure! You can just give them a sprinkle of powdered sugar after they bake instead of the glaze.
Can I make these ahead of time?
You can make the dough and put it in the fridge the night before to save some time. They also stay fresh for a bit in an airtight container but they never last long around here anyways.
Can I use margarine instead of butter?
Please don’t! These cookies have an out of this world buttery flavor that can only come from real butter.
Can I skip the sprinkles?
What are you the Grinch?? Lol!! Of course you can skip the sprinkles, they will taste just as good without.
Can I add food coloring?
Sure! If you want to color the dough instead of adding sprinkles that would work great. Just add the food coloring in at the end and they should come beautifully colored. I do recommend using a gel food coloring or a higher quality coloring. You can even separate the batch into 3 portions and do one red, one green and leave one white, so festive!
Want to get a head start on your holiday baking? You can make these ahead of time and keep them in the freezer until you are ready to set them out for Santa!
Just bake your cookies and glaze them and let them cool COMPLETELY! Then you can store them in an airtight container for up to 6 months. If stacking the cookies in the container place a piece of wax paper or parchment paper between the layers. Make sure that you remove them from their container to thaw so condensation does not form.
- Unsalted butter – Make sure your butter is softened for this recipe.
- Cream Cheese – Same with the cream cheese, make sure it is softened.
- Powdered Sugar – Using powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar is what gives these cookies their delicate texture.
- Baking Powder – Just a bit to give them a little rise.
- Egg – Helps bind the cookies.
- Vanilla Extract – You could switch this out for peppermint extract.
- Flour – I just used all-purpose flour for these cookies.
- Christmas sprinkles – Any sprinkles you like will work.
How to make these Christmas Cream Cheese Cookies
- FULL RECIPE BELOW
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream butter and cream cheese in mixer bowl.
- Slowly add sugar and beat until fluffy.
- Beat in egg.
- Slowly add flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons sprinkles and vanilla. Mix Well.
- Chill dough for at least 1 hour.
- Shape into 1 inch or so balls.
- Place on cookie sheet, 1½ inches apart.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, just until the edges are slightly golden, you want them almost under baked for the perfect texture.
- Cool for just a minute on cookie sheet before transferring to cooling racks.
- Mix your powdered sugar with 2 tablespoons water and spoon over cookies immediately adding sprinkles before the glaze hardens.
Want to gift these?
These cookies make the perfect holiday gift for teachers, friends, neighbors, anyone would love to receive a package of these. You can place a couple in holiday cellophane bags all tied off with a pretty ribbon, you can pile them into those cute festive Chinese takeout containers you can find in the Christmas wrapping section (I find mine at the Target Dollar Spot). Of course there is the traditional cookie tin which would hold a ton of these delicious cookies. Also for a fun DIY approach you can take and empty and clean Pringles can and wrap the outside in wrapping paper, fill it with cookies and place the lid on and stick on a bow, voila you have the perfect present! These are also good cookies to ship just make sure to pack them well in an airtight container and you can send these as a yummy gift to anyone!
Products I used to make these delicious cookies!
- Cookie Scoop Set
- Festival Reindeer Games Holiday Nonpareils
Want more holiday cookies? Check out these!
- Peppermint Bark Cookies
- Sugar Cookie Cheesecake Bars