This is a slightly adapted version of my Grandma Suzie’s favorite Christmas cookie. They are a not-too-sweet slice-and-bake cookie. The beauty (and problem) with them is that they can be eaten at any time of day or night, even if you are not hungry in the least.
- 14 TBSP butter, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2 eggs green food coloring
- 4 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- red hots
Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time. Add vanilla and several drops of green food coloring (the color will fade significantly after you add the flour, so make it a little brighter than you’d like). Stir in flour, salt, and baking powder and mix well until a uniform dough is formed.
Shape into 2 rolls, each about 12 inches long. Wrap in wax paper and freeze until firm.
When ready to bake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. If desired, roll outside of dough in colored sugar. Slice about 1/4 inch thick and place on lined baking sheets, about an inch apart. Press red hots into center. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until firm to the touch.
Makes about 3 dozen cookies.