by Sara Mead
When I think Christmas cookies, I always think first of decorated sugar cookies–cut into holiday shapes and lavished with icing, colored sugar, and festive decors. And these just came out pretty as a picture–the perfect picture to end my holiday cookie adventures.
My past efforts to make decorated holiday sugar cookies haven’t always ended as I would have liked, and these–a cream cheese sugar cookie dough with a simple version of royal icing–still aren’t my dream of a thick puffy cookie topped with layers of fluffy frosting. But the cream cheese in the cookie dough and the little bit of almond extract in the icing work very nicely together. Once I got my mind around to the fact that these were a different kind of cookie–thinner, cream cheese flavored, with hard, shinny icing rather than frosting–I was thrilled with the results. I may actually be a thin cookie with icing convert now! The icing in particular is a keeper that I’ll definitely be using on future occasions. Recipes and more pictures after the jump.
Merry Christmas, everyone: May your dreams be filled with sugarplums, your home filled with family, friends, and laughter, and your holidays filled with delicious cookies!