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Girasoli Cookies

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:

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Ingredients
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

Directions
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.

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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)

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Comments (6)

Eden:

Once again, another awesome party, Palma. Thank you for everything! My daughter, Tracey, enjoyed the party favor. Sharon and I couldn't stop talking about our wonderful time with friends.

Palma-These cookies are so cute! And great idea frosting them while frozen. You're such a wonderful hostess.

Barb Cabot:

You are so clever! I can't over how you come up with such unique and cute ideas. What a special party favor!

nancyhol:

The cookies are adorable, and they tasted pretty good too!

You are the hostess with the mostest - always unique ideas for food and party favors.

Absolutely super duper cute!!

You know I love these. Do you have a sunflower cookie cutter? Soooo cute!

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