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Easy Italian Christmas Cookies

  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 1 hr 40 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 44

You’re just a few ingredients away from classic Christmas cookies. The quick glaze and candy sprinkles are — well — icing on the top. ...MORE+ LESS-

Erin Erin
July 16, 2017

Ingredients

1
roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated sugar cookies
4
oz cream cheese, softened (from 8-oz package)
1/2
cup all-purpose flour
3/4
teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4
cups powdered sugar
3
to 4 tablespoons water
2
tablespoons holiday candy decors

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F.
  • 2
    In medium bowl, crumble cookie dough. Stir or knead in cream cheese, flour and 1/2 teaspoon of the vanilla until well blended. Shape dough into 44 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place 1 inch apart on large ungreased cookie sheets.
  • 3
    Bake 11 to 13 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets. Remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 4
    In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, remaining 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 3 tablespoons water until smooth. Add more water, 1/4 teaspoon at a time, as needed for desired dipping consistency. Dip top of each cookie into glaze. Sprinkle with decors. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • Replace vanilla with anise extract for a more Italian flavor.
  • Make cookies ahead. Shape dough into balls, then cover and place in freezer. When ready to bake, just bring them out. Bake the whole batch, or just a few at a time.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
90
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
4%
Saturated Fat
1g
6%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
45mg
2%
Potassium
5mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
14g
5%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
10g
Protein
0g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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