These pretty cookies are fairly labor intensive, but boy, are they worth it. A few of these festive blossoms on top of my Christmas cookie trays really make a festive presentation.

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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy using an electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended. Stir in flour by hand using a sturdy spoon while adding enough red food coloring to make the dough turn a pretty red color.

  • Roll the balls in the red decorator sugar and place them on the prepared cookie sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Refrigerate the cookies on their cookie sheets until firm, about 10 minutes.

  • When the cookies are firm, make three slices across each cookie to make 6 slices like a pie, cutting only about 2/3 of the way through the cookie balls.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies appear dry. Cool on the cookie sheets, then peel away from the aluminum foil.

  • Make the icing for the cookies by mixing the confectioners' sugar and water until it reaches a piping consistency. Add a drop of yellow food coloring. Put icing into a pastry bag or resealable bag and cut a small piece off of the corner. Pipe small dots onto the center of the cookies. Allow icing to dry before storing cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies can be stored for up to two weeks.

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Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

89.4 calories; 0.8 g protein; 13.6 g carbohydrates; 13.4 mg cholesterol; 27.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2008
The recipe i originally submitted before being accepted and edited said to use about 20 drops of red food color to make the cookies. Since then I have decided that i like the way the cookies look much better when i use red gel food color from the craft store. I just keep adding little dabs of color and mixing until i get the perfect color. And I roll the cookie balls in the red decorator sugar before they are cut into sixths for the petals...In my original recipe i also said that i baked the cookies on sheets lined with aluminum foil (dull side up so as not to burn the cookies!) so that I could peel them off easier after baking. Hope this helps because when done right these cookies are such a pretty and yummy addition to any christmas cookie tray. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2009
I'm making them now and right off the bat I can see a problem. Just mixed the dough and there is no way to start rolling into balls! Dough is too sticky. It's in the refrigerator now to firm it up so I can handle it. I'll be anxious to see how this all turns out. I'm sure they won't look like the picture but I'm heck bent on trying! Read More
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14 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2008
The recipe i originally submitted before being accepted and edited said to use about 20 drops of red food color to make the cookies. Since then I have decided that i like the way the cookies look much better when i use red gel food color from the craft store. I just keep adding little dabs of color and mixing until i get the perfect color. And I roll the cookie balls in the red decorator sugar before they are cut into sixths for the petals...In my original recipe i also said that i baked the cookies on sheets lined with aluminum foil (dull side up so as not to burn the cookies!) so that I could peel them off easier after baking. Hope this helps because when done right these cookies are such a pretty and yummy addition to any christmas cookie tray. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2008
The recipe i originally submitted before being accepted and edited said to use about 20 drops of red food color to make the cookies. Since then I have decided that i like the way the cookies look much better when i use red gel food color from the craft store. I just keep adding little dabs of color and mixing until i get the perfect color. And I roll the cookie balls in the red decorator sugar before they are cut into sixths for the petals...In my original recipe i also said that i baked the cookies on sheets lined with aluminum foil (dull side up so as not to burn the cookies!) so that I could peel them off easier after baking. Hope this helps because when done right these cookies are such a pretty and yummy addition to any christmas cookie tray. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/11/2008
These are very pretty but they don't have a lot of flavor. They are pretty bland. I used a natural food coloring so mine were pink which was fine with me. I like pink pointsettias. I also used mini chocolate chips or peanut butter chips in the middle instead of the icing. Next time I will reserve a bit of dough color it yellow and roll up tiny balls to press in the middle before baking. In order to get the pretty shape you need to first make the slices in the dough ball then gently pull the pieces out from the center. They will look like flowers before you bake them so keep working with the dough ball to work the petals into the shape you want before baking. They do not unfold on their own during baking so you need to do that before. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2009
If you use food coloring instead of paste you're going to end up with pink cookies. Use paste instead to get a true red color. The cookies themselves are yummy and pretty! I love sugarplum's picture in this recipe. Her cookies always rock!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/21/2007
Great Christmas recipe except I used yellow M&m's in the middle instead of icing. Just push in center when cookies come out of oven. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/21/2009
I'm making them now and right off the bat I can see a problem. Just mixed the dough and there is no way to start rolling into balls! Dough is too sticky. It's in the refrigerator now to firm it up so I can handle it. I'll be anxious to see how this all turns out. I'm sure they won't look like the picture but I'm heck bent on trying! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2010
These were absolutely wonderful. I found that it was imperative to make the little cuts quickly after they came out of the fridge. That made it much easier to tug the little sections apart. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/18/2010
I followed the directions exactly. They weren't easy to make but they turned out beautifully. It was worth the work. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/27/2009
My cookies looked nothing like the ones in the picture. I more than doubled the amount of red food coloring and still wound up with pink cookies rather than red ones. Also it is rather difficut to make slits in one-inch balls of dough that are spaced one-inch apart other one-inch balls of dough on a baking sheet. My cookies did not flatten like the ones in the picture but stayed in more or less the shape of a ball. I had to bake much longer than the recipe instructed. The end result was a very unattactive and not too tasty cookie. I didn't even bother with the yellow dots. No one raved about these cookies. One friend said "I kind of liked them " and I gave him the remainder of the batch. Maybe I did something wrong? I followed the recipe to a T. I might try them again next Christmas to find out for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2008
Question. Reviewers commented that these cookies turned out pink not red. Could it be because there is nowhere in the recipe instructions that tell you when to add the red decorator sugar? So when do you add it? Sounds like these would be a hit if they turned out red.:0) ( Oh the 5 stars are for your beautiful cookies and photos!) Read More
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