Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 50 mins
These tiny cookies are really nice looking and great for cookie exchanges and such. They take a while to make because they need to be chilled and then glazed, but theyr'e well worth the time and effort.
- 1 1⁄2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1⁄2 teaspoon almond extract
- 3 1⁄3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups icing sugar
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1⁄4 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 tablespoons milk (give or take)
- maraschino cherry, quartered (optional)
- Cream sugar, butter, and cream cheese until fluffy.
- Beat in the egg, vanilla, and almond extract until smooth.
- Stir together the flour and baking powder in a seperate bowl.
- Stir the flour into the creamed mixture. Chill for 1-1.5 hours or until firm.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Roll the dough into small (1/2 teaspoon) balls with your hands, and press down to 1/8 '' with your fingers.
- Bake for 7-10 minutes, or until you notice that the bottom of the cookies are turning golden brown.
- Allow cookies to cool.
- Whisk together the icing sugar, butter and almond extract until smooth.
- Add small amounts of milk until the glaze is spreadable.
- Drop small amounts of the glaze onto the center of each cookie.
- If you want, you can place a quartered marashino cherry in the middle of each cookie as well to garnish.
One of my favorite butter cookie recipes, and I'm glad to see it on Recipezaar! I divide the dough into two parts and add green food coloring to one part. Then roll out the dough and use a small star cookie cutter for the green dough and a large star for the plain dough. Put the large plain star on the cookie sheet, top it with the smaller green star, then bake about 8-10 minutes (or until done). Then apply glaze if desired.
Very nice cookies! I love the cream cheese in them, and the almond-lovers in my family especially love these! I did make them a little bigger than indicated, probably using about a teaspoon of dough per cookie, and didn't flatten them or use the glaze. I ended up with 66 light cookies with a nice flavor that aren't too sweet or heavy. Thanks!