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Cream Cheese Cookies have been a staple at my parent’s Christmas Eve party since before I was born. These two-bite cookies with a taste similar to cheesecake are irresistible – and easy to make!

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These cookies are magical. Not only because they are delicious. They require few ingredients to make, and since you don’t need to roll out and cut out the dough, they are quick to prepare and they don’t turn your kitchen into a total mess.

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Cream Cheese Cookies are slightly sweet with a cream cheese flavor. Since these cookies are not very sweet, you want to add some buttercream frosting. I also add sprinkles to up the cute factor.

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I love this recipe because it uses a cookie press, which is far easier than rolling out the dough and using cookie cutters. A cookie press comes with dies that make a variety of shapes, but I like to keep things simple and festive by dying the dough green and making Christmas treeshaped cookies. Then I add yellow frosting and sprinkles.

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If you want to try some more Christmas cookie and treat recipes, here are a few of my favorites!

Christmas Tree Brownie Bites – Make brownies, cut them into triangles, add green frosting or white chocolate that is dyed green, and sprinkles for this festive treat.

Snowmen Rice Krispie Treats – Use cookie cutters to make these snowmen rice crispy treats! This is a fun dessert to make with kids.

Christmas Tree Sugar Cookie Sandwiches | These Christmas tree shaped sugar cookie sandwiches are filled with Nutella and topped with white chocolate and sprinkles - they are just the cookie to serving at a holiday party or to bring to a cookie swap. #cookies #christmascookies

Sugar Cookie Sandwiches – These sugar cookies can be made in any shape and are filled with Nutella and topped with white chocolate.

Millionaire’s Shortbread Cookies – These shortbread sandwich cookies are filled with caramel, dipped in chocolate, and topped with toasted walnuts.

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Cream Cheese Cookie Recipe - Cream Cheese Cookies have been a staple at my parent's Christmas Eve party since before I was born. These two-bite cookies with a taste similar to cheesecake are irresistible.

How to Make Cream Cheese Cookies:

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Cream Cheese Cookies

Yield: 7 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Chill Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 36 minutes

Cream cheese cookies are a slightly sweet cookie with a taste similar to cheesecake. This recipe made two-bite sized cookies that are formed using a cookie press. Make green Christmas Tree cookies during the holiday season, and make colorful flower shaped cookies the rest of the year.


  • For the Cookies:
  • 1/2 lb Butter (at room temperature)
  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 cups All-Purpose​ Flour
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • For the Frosting:
  • 3 tablespoons Butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 1/2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons Milk
  • Food Coloring


    Mix the butter and cream cheese with a mixer using the whisk attachment. Once whipped, add the sugar and vanilla. Slowly add the flour.

    Add in food coloring if you like. I add green food coloring and then use the cookie press to make Christmas tree cookies.

    Chill the dough in the fridge for 10 minutes. During this tim heat your oven to 400 degrees.

    Then use a cookie press to form the cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.

    Bake the cookies for 4-6 minutes, until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown. Continue baking batches of cookies until all of the dough has been used. Let the cookie sheet cool down before using the cookie press to dispense more cookies onto the cookie sheet. If the cookie sheet is too hot, the cookies won't dispense from the cookie press properly.

    Combine all ingredients for the frosting using an electric mixer and mix until smooth, and until the food coloring is evenly distributed. Let the cookies cool before frosting them.

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Mary Beth

Wednesday 16th of December 2015

How adorable! and who wouldn't love extra cream cheese anywhere

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