These look so nice for Christmas with the red and green sprinkles.

Recipe Summary

Servings:
60
Yield:
60 servings
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.

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  • Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

  • On four sheets of aluminum foil, shape dough into four 6 inch rolls, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll tightly in foil and refrigerate over night.

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with foil. Remove rolls of dough from refrigerator one at a time. Coat each roll with red or green sugar crystals; cut dough into 1/4 inch slices.

  • Place on prepared cookie sheets; top each cookie with a pecan half. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned when lifted.

Nutrition Facts

105 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 11.1g; fat 6.5g; cholesterol 12.2mg; sodium 52.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2007
Excellent cookie! It's a lot of trouble, but I developed a system that seemed to work for me. I put the parcels of dough in the freezer for a while, then was able to better shape them into round rather than square logs. I kept them in the freezer for a while longer and rolled them in the colored sugar. That also helped to round them. I returned them to the freezer for a while longer, then just brought out enough to cut for one cookie sheet. They were easy to slice, pretty much retained their shape, and didn't stick to the knife blade. While one sheet was in the oven I prepared the next one, and by the time it was ready to go into the oven, the dough was soft enough that I could easily tweak the shape if necessary. I used chopped pecans on top, and they added a wonderful toasted nut flavor. I used purchased colored sugar because I wanted the large crystals. One thing I noticed that no other reviewer seems to have mentioned is that the sugar caramelized a little and added an extra dimension of flavor and crunch. Definitely a good addition to any Christmas cookie tray. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/06/2002
This recipe tasted bland like something was definitely missing. It took a lot of time and trouble and I was disappointed with the results. I recommend skipping the red and green sugar crystals. Dip the cookies in powdered sugar. They taste very similar to sandtarts but were too bland without something like powdered sugar. Read More
(14)
171 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 102
  • 4 star values: 42
  • 3 star values: 18
  • 2 star values: 7
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2007
Excellent cookie! It's a lot of trouble, but I developed a system that seemed to work for me. I put the parcels of dough in the freezer for a while, then was able to better shape them into round rather than square logs. I kept them in the freezer for a while longer and rolled them in the colored sugar. That also helped to round them. I returned them to the freezer for a while longer, then just brought out enough to cut for one cookie sheet. They were easy to slice, pretty much retained their shape, and didn't stick to the knife blade. While one sheet was in the oven I prepared the next one, and by the time it was ready to go into the oven, the dough was soft enough that I could easily tweak the shape if necessary. I used chopped pecans on top, and they added a wonderful toasted nut flavor. I used purchased colored sugar because I wanted the large crystals. One thing I noticed that no other reviewer seems to have mentioned is that the sugar caramelized a little and added an extra dimension of flavor and crunch. Definitely a good addition to any Christmas cookie tray. Read More
(128)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2006
A costly cookie, but completely worth it! I have never made cream cheese cookies before, and I am so impressed by the moistness of this cookie. I added an extra 1/4 cup of sugar, and rolled the cookies in a mixture of crushed pecans and white sugar before cutting, and skipped the extra pecan ontop. I used parchment paper instead of foil in the oven aswell. I cut the cookies a bit wider, so I had a smaller yield, but these cookies were so moist and yummy, and cooked perfectly in 20 minutes! I will make these cookies again and again. Read More
(58)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2006
These cookies are my holiday favorites. I have been baking them at Christmas every year for about ten years now. They have a great flavor and look festive on the cookie tray. Be careful not to overbake them - - very lightly browned is perfect for a slightly chewy cheesecake taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/16/2006
These were delicious and they kept their shape well. Instead of circles we shaped the logs into squares before we cut them. We already have enough round cookies. Also they were much better when we are careful not to overbake them. They stay soft and delicious when they're only very lightly browned. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2007
These cookies are yummy! I didn't let them sit overnight or wrap them, I just dropped them onto a cookie sheet (after a few minutes in the freezer) and pushed the sprinkles down on the top of them. I thought they were prettier this way, I didn't have to wait til the next day to finish them and they tasted just great! Read More
(47)
Rating: 4 stars
11/25/2003
Yummy! Very delicate cheesecakey kind of taste. Just one note - my oven is a bit hotter than most so the bottoms are a bit black. Starting at 10 minutes keep y our eye on them to make sure that the cookies don't burn! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/10/2007
I've been looking for a cream cheese based recipes since my sister lost hers. I think this is as good if not better. I loved it with the pecans but might add chopped red and green candied cherries next time for color. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/19/2006
Very delicate flavor. I did the first batch with the colored sugars. I had a problem keeping them the perfect shape. I was really hoping for a round cookie...not oblong. For my second batch I put them in the freezer for about an hour and it helped a lot. I also did crushed candy canes mixed with regular sugar and rolled the logs in that. I liked the peppermint taste with the delicate cream cheese. Good recipe. Thanks for sharing. Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2005
I think these cookies are great. I appreciate the fact that they are not overly sweet. I did make a few changes. I did not add the chopped pecans and I doubled the vanilla extract. Instead of pecan halves on top, I used candied cherry halves. I put red cherries on the ones rolled in green sugar and green cherries on the ones rolled in red sugar. They look so cute and festive! Read More
(24)
Rating: 2 stars
12/06/2002
This recipe tasted bland like something was definitely missing. It took a lot of time and trouble and I was disappointed with the results. I recommend skipping the red and green sugar crystals. Dip the cookies in powdered sugar. They taste very similar to sandtarts but were too bland without something like powdered sugar. Read More
(14)
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