Today’s rotating Feature Fridays is all about Family Fun. Doesn’t baking and decorating cookies count as family fun? Well, it does when you love to cook or bake and involve children in the process, right?
As I mentioned in my post yesterday, many moons ago, I designed a whimsical line of copper cookie cutters for the autumn and winter holidays. Back in the day (circa 2000), they were lovingly handcrafted by America’s Coppersmith, Michael Bonne, here in Indiana, in his hometown of Knightstown.
Back then, Michael did wholesale contract work for Williams-Sonoma, Martha Stewart, Eleni’s Bakery in New York and Eddie Bauer as well as only a handful of small organizations. Back then, decorated cookies ruled my world much as the way they do with my fellow food blogging pals, Bridget of Bake at 350 and Marian of Sweetopia. I was always knee deep or up to my elbows in royal icing in all the colors of the rainbow!
Today, I am featuring the recipe, Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts, which was featured on the recipe card as part of my Halloween Trick-or-Treater set of eight (8) cookie cutters to include the following: Pumpkin Boy, Ghost Kid, Wee Fairy, Pudgy Clown, Wee Princess, Kitty Cat, Robot Boy and Treat Bag.
If you wish to make these Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts for Halloween, and you would like your cookies to be in the shapes of Halloween Trick or Treaters, you can download the free printable of our Halloween Trick or Treater Cookie Cutter Templates here. Below is what the downloaded pages will look like.
To use the Halloween Trick or Treater Cookie Cutter Templates: Simply download the .pdf files and print from your printer using 90-pound “index card stock” paper. By using card stock, this will create a thicker paper to trace around. Carefully use a sharp paring knife to cut out cookies using the templates as a guide. Then, bake and decorate your Halloween cutout cookies to your heart’s content!
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts are an ideal cookie to decorate and embellish for holidays and special occasions. These cookies hold their shapes well after baking which is a bonus for serious cookie decorators. Children and adults alike will savor these delicate, buttery sugar cookies. To make Lemon-Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies, or the gluten free version, see the Notes section below. This recipe was developed in the fall of 2000 for Halloween and to coordinate with my copper cookie cutter line.
What makes our Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts wicked good? These classic cream cheese cookies come with a twist, a lemon twist. That is, simply add freshly grated lemon zest for a real stand out rolled sugar cookie. Also, our preparation instructions provide for proper chilling of this delicate, buttery dough. We have found that by rolling the dough out between sheets of plastic wrap makes it easy to pop the dough back into the fridge on a cookie sheet for a quick chill. This way, when you are ready to cut into the dough with your favorite cookie cutters, the dough will not stick to your work surface and the cutouts will maintain their shape after baking. Our method prevents a messy work surface for stress-free holiday cookie baking!
Enjoy these sweet Cream Cheese Sugar Cookie Cutouts and our Halloween Trick or Treater Cookie Cutter Templates and have fun making decorated cookies for the upcoming Halloween holiday!
- 2½ cups (300 grams) bleached all-purpose flour, such as Gold Medal®
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks/226 grams) unsalted butter, softened
- 4 ounces (½ 8-ounce package) cream cheese, such as Philadelphia®, softened
- ½ cup (100 grams) firmly packed organic light brown cane sugar
- ½ cup (100 grams) organic granulated cane sugar
- 1½ teaspoons (7.5 ml) pure vanilla extract, such as Nielsen-Massey®
- 1 large egg yolk
Variation: For Lemon-Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies, add 1 to 1½ tablespoons finely grated lemon zest to creamed butter and sugar mixture.For Gluten Free Option: Substitute 2½ cups (320 grams) Cup4Cup (C4C) Gluten-Free Flour, available at Williams-Sonoma. You will need extra flour for rolling dough. Recipe Source: WickedGoodKitchen.com Copyright © Wicked Good Kitchen. All content and images are copyright protected unless otherwise stated. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words. Alternatively, link back to this post for the recipe.