Friday, December 15, 2006

Creamcheese Cookies

I've baked this cookie recipe quite a number of times and the children love it. It's a soft cookie but the raw cookie dough is a challenge to handle. I made the first batch using the X'mas tree cookie cutter and decorated the cookies with m&m's baking bits, red sugar crystals, red and green diced cherries. These decorations indeed make the cookie X'mas trees colorful. For the second batch, I just scoop a tsp of dough and hand rolled them. Then I pressed the round dough down with a cookie press pattern plate and decorated it with m&m's baking bits.

I adapted the recipe from the Kraftsfood website.

250 gm Cream cheese (1 packet), softened
200 gm Salted butter, softened
160 gm Caster sugar
320 gm Plain flour
1 tsp Baking soda
2 tsp Vanilla essence
1 packet M&M's Baking bits
Red sugar crystals for sprinkling

Pre-heat oven to 180 degree C.

Beat softened cream cheese, butter, sugar and vanilla essence till well blended.

Add in the flour and baking powder and mix well till a soft sough forms.

Cling wrap the dough and refrigerate it for about 30 mins.

Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and use cookie cutters to cut out the flattened dough.

Decorate with M&M's baking bits and sugar sprinkles.

Place all decorated cut out cookies on greased baking sheets ( I used the silicon paper mat).

Bake for 15 mins of until the cookie browns.

Remove from tray and cool.

Keep cookies in air-tight containers.

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