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Cream Cheese Thumbprint Christmas Cookie

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  • Author: Brittany Dixon
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12-16 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 30 cookies 1x


These delightful Christmas cookies are two-bite sized with a slight cream cheese flavor and have the perfect pop of sweetness from the simple icing. They can be customized to your favorite colors and a small pinch of sprinkles makes them a bright and happy addition to any cookie platter.



For the cookies

1 c butter, softened

3 oz cream cheese, softened

1 c granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 1/2 c all purpose flour

For the icing

powdered sugar


sprinkles and/or food coloring


Cream butter and cream cheese. Gradually add sugar, beating well until light and fluffy.

Add egg yolk and vanilla. Beat well.

Slowly add in the flour until well incorporated.

Chill dough for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 325. Shape the dough into 1″ balls and place on parchment lined baking sheet. Press center to create a thumbprint before baking.

Bake cookies for 12-16 minutes until the bottom edges are a slight tan/light brown color. Remove from oven and let cool completely before adding icing.

For the icing

Add powdered sugar in a bowl and stir in a small (1 tsp-ish) amount of water until the desired consistency is reached.

To test the consistency, let the icing pour off a spoon. The icing should fall into a ribbon and hold the shape for a few seconds before melting back into the icing.

If the icing is too thick, add a drop of water and test again.

If the icing is too runny, add a little more powdered sugar.