Slow Travel friends from New Jersey, Kim and Chris, spent a sunny weekend in Palm Desert, so we had a few ST friends over for a pot luck dinner on Saturday. These were our "party favor" cookies:
1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup real butter (room temp)
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
2 cups flour (all purpose)
1/2 tsp. vanilla flavoring or your favorite
Cream cheese, butter, sugars and flavoring in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until well blended.
Gradually add flour and mix well.
Refrigerate several hours or overnight. (Very important step)
Roll dough to 1/4 inch thickness on lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake at 350º for 8 to 10 minutes.(the edges should be lightly browned)
Cool for 2 minutes and transfer cookies to a cooling rack.
Decorate as desired when cookies have cooled completely. I used royal icing.
I made the cookies, and froze them (before icing), about three weeks ago. They are much easier to ice, when they are still frozen (less likely to break off a delicate petal!).
I put them in individual bags, filled a large tray, and they became party favors. (Bags at Sur la Table)