Jen at The Three Little Piglets is having a virtual cookie exchange! Jen emailed me to see if I would be interested in taking part of her 12 Days of Christmas Cookies. Of course I would, what a great idea! Today Jen is making for you Holly Wreaths. Next week I will be making a yummy treat to share as well (hint: chocolate and caramel are involved). Make sure you check back each day at The Three Little Piglets for other great recipes from lots of other bloggers. She also has a great Giveaway going on you don’t want to miss.
I’m Jen Matlock, proud Navy wife, mother of three voracious eaters, and culinary student. I write EASY, healthy and delicious budget friendly recipes, with step by step instructions and tips on saving you money on groceries at The Three Little Piglets.
Every year as the holidays approach, it feels like we become more and more pressed for time. Between the shopping, the parties, and the pageants, it’s sometimes easy to lose focus on the most important part of the season – our friends and our families.
Just as important is the food we share with the people we love. Every day I am blessed by the inspiration, support and encouragement of some of the kindest and most talented bloggers, like Erin. I would love to sit down at the table (a very big table) this year and share what we all love so deeply, food.
For me, this is the time of year when I crave the foods that remind me of my childhood, the familiar smells and tastes that make me feel like I’m wrapped up in a cozy blanket, back in my grandmother’s kitchen or rolling out cookies with my mother.
One of the cookies that appears every year in my house, are my grandmother’s spritz cookies. Did you ever notice that as soon as you put the word grandma in front of a recipe it immediately gains stature? It’s like if you know it’s been around that long, then it must be good. It’s quite a marketing gimmick really…
These cookies are soft and delicate, with just a hint of tang from the cream cheese. And super simple which is equally important in my book!
½ c. unsalted butter, softened
½ 3-oz. package of cream cheese, softened
¼ c. sugar
½ tsp. vanilla
1 c. sifted all-purpose flour
Green Food coloring
Cinnamon Red Hots
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cream butter, cream cheese and sugar till lightly fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in vanilla. Gradually blend in flour, being careful not to over mix. Add a few drops of green food coloring until you achieve the desired color.
Fill a cookie press. Form cookies into desired shapes (wreath or Christmas tree) on ungreased baking sheets. If making wreaths, add 3 little Cinnamon Red Hots to mimic a small bow.
Bake 7-8 minutes until edges are set. If the cookie looks wet on the top, it’s not quite done baking. You’ll want to remove them from the oven AS SOON as they look dry on top. Cool on the pan 3-4 minutes until set and then remove to wire racks to finish cool.
Store in an airtight container.