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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:


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)


Comments (6)


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!


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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