Easy to work with!
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temp
3 ounces cream cheese, slightly soft
1/4 teaspoon salt (omit if using salted butter)
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter, cream cheese and salt until fluffy. Scrape sides of bowl and beat in the sugar. Beat for about 2 minutes, then add the egg yolk and vanilla and beat just until mixed. By hand, stir in the flour to make a thick dough – it should be moist, but not too sticky. Divide it in half and shape into two balls. Press the balls into discs. And chill for a few hours.
When ready to cook, press or roll about 3/8 inch thick and bake directly on cookie sheets for 10 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degree oven. The cookies do not spread or puff and they taste great!
Note: For convenience, I divided the dough into two parts (as stated above) then set each part on a big sheet of non-stick foil and pressed each part into a big 3/8 inch thick circle. I covered the circles with another sheet of non-stick foil and chilled the big circles for a few hours. When I was ready to do the cutting, the dough was firm and the cut-outs popped right out with the cutters.