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Cream Cheese Cookies

This is hands down the best cookie recipe I’ve ever made. It comes from my friend Mar’s family, and to this day I’m still unclear on exactly which of her relatives created this masterpiece. All I know is that the recipe quickly spread through the neighborhood and all of the “ladies” make these cookies for various holidays and special occasions (you can read about the ladies in the post, The Age Old Question: What’s for Dinner). I checked, double checked and then triple checked with Mar and her mom to make sure it was ok to share this recipe on the blog. They gave me the thumbs up. My advice to you is to check it out before they change their minds! My only regret about this particular cookie recipe is that I didn’t come up with it myself.


  • 5 cups of flour
  • 5 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1 box of confectioners sugar
  • water or milk

Instructions – Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes

  1. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla in a mixer until blended
  2. Then add in the butter and cream cheese a little at a time
  3. Once blended, slowly add the flour and baking soda a little at a time until completely incorporated into the mixture and it becomes a very soft dough
  4. Alternately, you can do the above steps manually either in a large mixing bowl or by making a well with the flour and baking soda and mixing the eggs, sugar and vanilla in the middle then adding in the butter and cream cheese mixing and incorporating flour into the mixture until a soft dough is formed
  5. This dough does not require full kneading. You simply fold half of it over onto itself until you have formed a soft smooth dough
  6. To form cookies, take a piece of dough about two inches long and an inch thick and roll it into a rope pressing very lightly with your hands and/or fingertips so as not to flatten the dough
  7. Next, twirl the rope into a circle winding it onto itself until a round knot like cookie is formed*
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes
  9. When the cookies are cool, it’s time to frost
  10. Start with a cup of confectioners sugar and add a few drops of water or milk until all the sugar is incorporated forming a frosting that is just thick enough to spread on each cookie
  11. You can also put the frosting in a plastic bag, slightly snip the corner to create a piping bag and pipe frosting over the cookies
  12. You can also add food coloring to the frosting to make fun colors

*Note: For Valentine’s Day, I formed the cookies in the shape of hearts (pictured above) and frosted them with red icing. I really had no idea what I was doing. It was my first attempt like this. Mike took some video and I promise to post it if I can find it.

The variation on this recipe was made for Love: We Met At A Bar and What To Have For Dinner.