On the first Thursday of the month we bakers from the Fill the Cookie Jar group reveal our choice for the month. It’s pretty much a no brainer that this month’s theme is Christmas. This is peak cookie season at my house and I’m sure at many others as well. In years past I would bake 40+ dozen cookies and give decorated plates full to family and friends. I’ve scaled way back these days! Now I’m down to about 15 dozen and that takes us through the days when all of the kids are home.
As I was searching for a recipe this month I was feeling very nostalgic. Looking through old cookbooks I’d come across a stain on a page and remember exactly what the stain was from and how it got there. There are lots of notes in the margins and scraps of paper tucked between pages. I even came across a few pictures the kids had made when they were little. Tissue please!
One of their favorites was Cream Cheese Cookies and it’s been years since I made them. I’ve made the cutouts recently but these are closer to spritz. This recipe is so simple and it makes 4 ½ dozen. The cookbook with the original recipe is tucked away in a box in the garage and it was too chilly to go out and search for it but this one is very close.
I piped them onto silpat lined sheets from a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip. They are sweet and chewy and didn’t need any more adornment other than a few sprinkles. Since I have so many on hand they are going into the freezer for a couple of weeks until the gang comes home. Four dozen down eleven more to go. Check below to see what the rest of the group is filling their cookie jars with this month.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Stir together butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth; stir in sugar and remaining ingredients.
- Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes or until light brown.
- Remove to wire racks to cool.
Taking these cookies to the following parties this week as well.