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When you think of Christmas sugar cookies, brown sugar and spices may not come immediately to mind. But these ingredients make simply an outstanding cookie. I usually roll out my dough fairly thick and the result is a soft, slightly crisp and buttery cookie that is a lightly spiced taste of Christmas. And when you layer on a heavy coat of cream cheese frosting, you do indeed have something very special.
For the cookies:
In a medium sized bowl, cream together butter, brown sugar and egg. Add flour, spices and baking soda. Mix well.
Refrigerate dough for about 2 hours or more. Roll out dough before or after refrigerating (see the related blog link for details).
Remove dough from the refrigerator. Roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out desired shapes and place them on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. If you want to frost them, make sure to do so when cookies are completely cool.
For the frosting
Cream together cream cheese, vanilla and butter. Add powdered sugar. Whip until creamy.
I believe that the cookie recipe was originally in a collection distributed by Tupperware.
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These would be the perfect cookies to make with kids on Christmas eve to set out for Santa! Not only are they cute and fun, but they’re absolutely delicious. A soft and chewy sugar cookie base with cream cheese frosting, white chocolate, chocolate chips, marshmallows and sprinkles!
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Nancy is the Coupon Clipping Cook, which means she not only has an astounding number of recipes to share with us (her TK recipe box is busting at the seams!) but she's also got loads of money-saving tips in her blog (she worked at a grocery store for a number of years, so she knows her stuff). She has some pretty amazing creations, like Roasted Garlic Potato Soup and Nutty Coconut Chicken. Go check them out!
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