Cream-Filled Christmas Cookies

If there is one thing that absolutely completes the holidays, it’s spending time in the kitchen baking sweets and treats galore!  Baking is a tradition that began for me as a little girl growing up.  Each Christmas Momma would pull out all the ingredients to make every variety of cookie imaginable for several days straight.  {Martha Stewart has nothing on this Momma of mine!} My sisters and I would help her decorate or fill each cookie, occasionally sneaking bite or two… or twelve, until we would be on a sugar high and Momma would be pitching a fit because we were eating all of her holiday gathering treats and gifts!

Now my girls do the same with me.  They ice, fill, and strategically arrange M & M’s or sprinkles on cookies to steal and eat share with family and friends.

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As I join The Everyday Home Blog‘s virtual cookie Exchange, I wanted to share a cookie (that I swiped from an old Better Homes & Gardens magazine & tweaked just a little) that has been a favorite tradition in our home for nearly our entire marriage; buttery, sweet, simple, and colorful cream-filled cookies that our own Christmas celebrations would not be complete without!

Now, just a little disclaimer before I share this recipe. These buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, bite sized cookies are really, really unhealthy and extremely addictive.  As a matter of fact, when I made them for work last week I was told they were like crack.

So bake these fattening, addictive cookies at your own risk.

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Ingredients:

1 cup cold butter, absolutely NO substitutes (I used Kerrygold butter for my recipe)

2 cups cake flour (I used King Arther brand)

3-4 tablespoons organic, heavy whipping cream

Sanding sugar

Powder sugar frosting (recipe to follow)

Putting it Together:

Preheat your oven to 375º.

In a medium mixing bowl, cut the butter into the flour until the pieces are the size of green peas.

I actually used the pastry attachment on my Kitchen Aid for this and it worked out great!

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Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cream over the mixture and gently toss with a fork, pushing to the side of the bowl.  Repeat until all of the butter and flour mixture is combined into a dough that you can roll into a ball.

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Roll dough on a lightly floured surface to an 1/8 of an inch.  Cut into rounds using a cookie cutter.

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Using decorative & themed baking tools sure keeps the fun in Christmas baking! I LOVE this rolling-pin from Williams-Sonoma … sturdy for rolling as well as themed for keeping spirits bright!

Place the cut cookies on an ungreased, non-stick cookie sheet.  Sprinkle with the sanding sugar.  With a fork, poke four parallel rows in each cutout.

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Bake 8-10 minutes, or just until the edges begin to brown.  Transfer to wire racks to cool.

Now for your Powdered Sugar Frosting: In a small bowl, mix together 2 cups sifted powder sugar, 2 Tablespoons softened butter (no substitutes), 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract and enough heavy cream to make a spreadable frosting. If you are coloring the frosting with just one color, add a couple of drops, mixing well. If using more than one color, divide icing before coloring. I used “Wilton” gel coloring in sky blue for my blue frosting and “Candy-n-Cake” brand powdered food coloring in red to get a true red.

Spread a smidgen of the powdered sugar frosting on the non-sugared side of a cookie and then top with another cookie round.

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Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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These are actually super easy to make; the most tedious part is carefully icing the cookies without grasping them to hard and crumbling them in your hand.

Serve your pretty little cream-filled bites of butter with hot cocoa or a cold glass of milk (skim milk not allowed).

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These dainty bite-sizes delights are perfect for parties, potlucks, gifting, and being absolutely naughty on your diet.

You can’t eat just one.

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And if you want to change these up just a little take Andes peppermint crunch, and top your cookies when they have about 1-minute left to cook.  Let cool and then ice with frosting that has 1 teaspoon of real vanilla extract instead of the peppermint flavoring.

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These cookies are very delicate, so pack with care if you are taking them to an event of gifting them.

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They’ll be a hit no matter where you serve them!

Take a little time to check out all the other fabulous cookie recipes that are a part of the Virtual Cookie Exchange today!

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3 thoughts on “Cream-Filled Christmas Cookies

  1. I bet they taste heavenly and so pretty too. I went to 3 different stores yesterday and none had peppermint extract…..ugh! Merry Christmas

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