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Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

Cream cheese, in my oh so humble opinion, should be given it’s very own food group. I use it in more dishes, from chicken and potatoes to cookies and cakes, it’s tremendously versatile. And unsurpassed in keeping baked goods light and moist.

These cookies are all I can think of today. I made about eight dozen of these last Christmas, and I don’t think they lasted through Christmas Eve. Chickie calls them cheesecake cookies, and is adamant this is the only way to eat cheesecake. Smooth, silky, melt in your mouth deliciousness. I can’t blame her.

 

CREAM CHEESE COOKIES

What you will need:

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 block cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1 small egg yolk (use only half a yolk if your eggs are large or extra large)

1/4 tsp vanilla

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour

 

Preheat oven to 325. Very lightly grease cookie sheets.

Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together in on low speed until light and fluffy. Beat vanilla and egg yolk in on medium speed. Stir in flour until well mixed, but do not overbeat as the dough can get a little tough. And no one wants tough cookies.

I use a cookie press to make these, and while it’s not necessary, it gives me the best result, and makes the prettiest cookies. If you have one, dig it out and use it. If you don’t have one, you can still make the cookies, just drop teaspoon measures onto prepared cookie sheets.

Bake for approximately 15 minutes, keeping a close eye so the cookies don’t get too dark. The cookies should still be quite pale when they’re done.

To make these cookies even more special, try making a little indent in the center of the cookie and filling with jam, preserves, chocolate chips, halved cherries, or whatever floats your boat, really. I love blueberry jam with them, and green or red cherry halves look very festive.

Have fun, and enjoy!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Or should that be Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies? With a load of chocolate chips like this, I’m not sure you’ll even know there’s oatmeal in there. And, trust me, if you don’t mention the oatmeal, most people will never know it’s there, either. This is one of those recipes that I don’t make in front of my manly man. Poor guy has no idea at all how much good-for-you food he actually eats!

OATMEAL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

What you will need:

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg 1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
1 1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In small bowl combine sifted flour,baking soda and salt. Set aside. (I almost always use kosher or sea salt in this recipe, although it is just as yummy with regular table salt. I just find the kosher really helps to make the chocolate richer. But that may be just me!)
Cream butter, brown sugar and sugar. Add egg, water, and vanilla and mix thoroughly.
Add dry ingredients and mix until well combined.

Add oats, chocolate chips and nuts and mix with spoon.

With teaspoon, drop on to greased cookie sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

Enjoy!