Buttery Cut-Out Christmas Cookies

These are delicious. The cream cheese in the cookie dough really adds a softness, and makes the cookies taste really flaky and rich. They’re a great addition to one’s Christmas cookie recipes.

Preparation time

  • Prep Time 2 hrs
  • Total Time 2 hrs 7 mins
  • Yield 42 cookies


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Combine the first five ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  2. Beat at about medium speed until well combined and creamy, about 3-4 minutes.
  3. Gradulay add flour, and beat until well mixed, about 2-3 minutes more.
  4. Divide dough in half, and wrap each on in plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate until firm, at least two hours.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°.
  7. Roll out dough half on a lightly floured surface to about 1/4″ thick.
  8. Keep the other half in the fridge until ready to use.
  9. Cut out the shapes your prefer, using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter.
  10. Place 1″ apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  11. (I lined my sheets with nonstick “release” foil).
  12. If I’m making Christmas cookie shapes, I sprinkle the cookies with red, green, or multi-colored sugars before baking.
  13. Bake for 7-9 minutes or until edges are just slightly browned.
  14. Note: I find 8 minutes is the magic number for my oven. These cookies may also be baked plain, and decorated with icings after they are cooled.

Source: food.com