Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is just two days away! Have you decided what you’re getting that special someone? Me neither. To be honest, we don’t really celebrate Valentine’s day in my household. I guess I’m just not a very sentimental person. I don’t need flowers, chocolates, or cards. Thankfully, my husband could care less as well (as I’m sure is true for most men). I will however, happily except any excuse to make these cream cheese cutout cookies, so consider this my Valentine’s Day gift to you!
I really struggled with rather or not to share this recipe with you. It is so good, I considered keeping it all to myself. Being the good food blogger that I am though (hehe), I couldn’t NOT share it with you. This is the place after all that I share all my families favorite recipes. This recipe definitely qualifies as a favorite!
Cream cheese cutout’s are without a doubt the best cutout cookies ever! The are soft, moist, and ridiculously tasty. They roll out easy and hold their shape. Also, you can barely taste the cream cheese, so don’t worry if you or the person you’re making them for isn’t a fan. You can barely taste it and it makes all the difference. I have several family members that don’t like cream cheese (what are they thinking?!), but love these cookies! The frosting is also delicious and takes this already yummy cookie to a whole new level! Seriously, try them! You can thank me later! ;p
Cream Cheese Cutouts
Yields 14, 4 Inch Cutout Cookies
1 Cup Margarine
3 Ounces Reduced Fat Cream Cheese
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
1 Large Egg Yolk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
2 1/2 Cups Flour
In the large bowl of a mixer, cream together margarine, cream cheese, and sugar. Add in egg yolk and vanilla and mix over medium speed until well combined. Add in flour and continue mixing, scraping sides and bottom as you go, until thoroughly combined. Chill dough for 30-45 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough out onto a floured surface until it is just a bit less then 1/2 inch thick. Cutout desired shapes and place onto a non sick cookie sheet. Bake for 10 minutes or until bottom edges are just turning golden. Remove cookies to a cooling rack and allow to cool for 45 minutes before frosting.
The cookies may seem a bit underdone when finished baking. I assure you, they are not. As long a the bottom is just turning golden, they are done! Trust me, they’re perfect this way!
3 Cups Confectioners Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter, Softenend
3 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
Combine all ingredients in the large bowl of a mixer, using the whisk attachment, begin beating ingredients slowly, gradually increasing the speed as frosting begins to form. Once frosting is formed, beat over high speed for 1 minute. Frost cookies as desired. Enjoy!