During Spring Break a few weeks ago (don’t ask me why preschoolers need Spring Break, but if it means I don’t have to shuttle my kid to school first thing in the morning, I’ll take it!), I was baking sugar cookies for my kids and I to decorate. I had also just finished a massive batch of strawberry freezer jam. I was also painting my toenails and drinking Diet Coke and playing around on Facebook and generally acting as though I were on Spring Break. As it is with most things in life requiring some creativity, when I was thinking about it the least, I was struck with a moment of cookie inspiration: Sara’s to-die-for sugar cookie dough. Cream cheese. Strawberry jam. And…dare I say it…dark chocolate.
While the dough is chilling, soften the cream cheese in the microwave for about 15-20 seconds (so it’s a little softer than room temperature and easy to spread) and mix in 1/2 tsp. almond extract. Set aside.
After the dough is sufficiently chilly, preheat the oven to 350. Peel off the top layer of plastic wrap or wax paper. You’re going to want two cookie cutter shapes that coordinate or are the same, but one needs to be slightly bigger than the other.
Using the larger cookie cutter, cut through the dough. Re-roll and cut if necessary/desired, but keep in mind that this dough needs to stay as chilled as possible. You’ll need an even number of larger cookies; to make sure you’re on track, you can stack the cut-outs in twos because each cookie is actually comprised of two cut-outs.
Bake for 8-12 minutes or until the cookies are beginning to turn golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack.
While dough is chilling, soften cream cheese in the microwave until it spreads easily. Mix in 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring. Preheat oven to 350.
Hi! These cookies look awesome. Want to make them for my son’s Valentine’s Day class party. How far in advance can these cookies be made? Can these be made on a Sunday, refrigerated, then given out on a Tuesday? Just thrown a little because of the cream cheese. I figure I’ll put the jam in last minute?
I’ve never tried it, but I imagine it would be fine! 🙂
I made these yesterday for a RS activity but I really wanted a thumbprint type cookie so I filled them with strawberry jam after they baked for five minutes and put them back in for another 6 or 8 min. They were super yummy, I will definitely be making these again, they are so good for a thumbprint cookie with the cream cheese.
Perfect! Just what I want for mother's day:-)
Gotta try this one! They're healthy because of the cream cheese. right?
You've definitely won me over. These are absolutely gorgeous!
These cookies look not only adorable but would make such a sweet gift…especially made into a cookie bouquet for someone. I wanted to share a recipe that I found online a few months back and have fallen in LOVE with it for the cookie bouquets I make as part of my business. It is soo quick and easy and requires no chill time as it works best when warm. The cookies hold their shape and taste AMAZING. You can find the recipe here:http://www.dominosugar.com/Recipe.aspx?id=785…Give it a try and you will see what I mean. Happy Baking!
@Richard, Jammie Dodgers are my favorite cookie of all time! Wish I could find them here. 🙂
Maybe I'll give these a whirl with the huge stock of freezer jam I just made!
TOO DIE FOR!
Ooooh! These look like wonderfully high class versions of the British classic, Jammie Dodgers! Yum!
You are a recipe genious!
Kate- you just made my day posting this! The best part is I totally just had a dream last night about Sara's sugar cookie recipe. Yes, that's what happens when you are trying to not eat sweets 🙂 Also, I made the coconut/lime banana bread (whatever its called!) an it is wonderful. Perfect for our hot Utah weather today….ooo maybe I need some Brazilian Lemonade right now….
Those look sweet!
Wow… Fancy! Plus, they sound really tasty!
Oh I'm pretty sure that flavor combination has the power to create world peace. And they're too cute for words! Darling Kate!
These cookies are adorable!! I'll be making them for my boyfriend very very soon.
These are so cute!
Um, I don't think spring break is so much for the kids as it is for the teachers. ;o)