Cream Cheese Cookies


Cream Cheese Cookies 

If you talk about cookies; cream cheese cookies are my all-time favorite. I am impressed with these gooey and delicious, soft cookies; really heavenly. One more reason why I love these cookies because these are not overly sweet and no need to glaze them, simply they are awesome. 

These cream cheese cookies have strong cheese flavor mixed with the richness of butter, the combined aroma of vanilla extract and almonds enhance its taste, so I used crushed almond but if you like the smooth texture of the cookies use almond extract but this is my personal preference, so this is completely optional to use almonds. I have made different kinds of cookies with different flavors; Peanut butter cookies, Molasses Ginger Cookies but these are not dunkable.

The cream cheese naturally a key ingredient that makes these cookies so yummy, but you can experiment in this recipe by using chocolate chips or crushed Oreo cookies it will totally transform the taste of your cookies. If you want to save your time plan ahead, this dough can be refrigerated for a couple of the days and in this recipe already you have to fridge the dough for at least an hour.
  
Three simple steps for these easy homemade cream cheese cookies; mix, chill, and bake, many subtle variations of this recipe exist today but this classic one is the best.

Prep Time: 10minutes                
cream cheese cookies
cream cheese cookies

Cook Time: 10minutes

Total Time: 20minutes

Yield: 12 cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup (125g) all-purpose flour ( you can use cake flour too because it gives a silky texture).
 ½ cup ( 1 stick) butter at room temperature
¾ cup (150g) sugar (either powdered or granulated)
4 oz (115g) cream cheese softened
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp crushed almonds (optional, you can use almond extract too).
¼ tsp salt


Method:

Line the baking sheet with parchment paper. Cream the cheese, butter, and sugar together until it becomes smooth and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla extract combine well; add baking powder, salt, and flour in three sections incorporate well. Lastly, add crushed almonds mix to combine.

Once the dough is done, refrigerate the dough for an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Glazed cream cheese cookies
Glazed cream cheese cookies
Take out the dough from the fridge and form the bolls and gently flatten (do not flatten too much otherwise cookies won’t puff up) them, if the dough is sticky use flour on hands to form the bolls and for uniform bolls use an ice-cream scoop.

Bake for 10-12 minutes; take them out when you see the underside edges turning golden brown, Watch them out in-between because it depends on oven altitude; it can be varied for every oven. Let them cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Dust them with powdered sugar and serve it, will give an extra touch of sweetness. These are so soft as melt in your mouth. 

Cream cheese cookies dough can be prepared in a couple of days in advance if you want to save time or don’t wait; you can store it in the refrigerator.




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