Cream Cheese & Butter Dough Cookies

The holidays for me are all about my family traditions. One of my favorites is getting together with my mom, sister, aunts and cousins and baking my grandmother’s Christmas cookies. I remember when I was younger she would bake the whole month of December. She would have containers filled with all different kinds of fresh baked sweets.  Every holiday season we take out her hand written recipes and try to re-create them. As tradition goes, we also put out her old glasses so we knew that she’s there, watching over us.  Today I am going to share with you her Cream Cheese & Butter Dough Cookies to be savored warm, enjoy!


1 cup butter

2 cups flour

1 (8 oz) package of cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

There are 2 types of filling you can use:

Cranberry Sauce

1 can jelly cranberry sauce

Slice cranberry jelly into thin strips

Date and Nut Filling

3/4 cup chopped dates

1/2 cup chopped nuts

1/4 cup sugar

2/3 cup orange juice

1 tablespoon butter

Cook all together until thickened and cooled


Cream butter and cream cheese together

Add flour a little at a time

Stir in baking powder

Remove dough from bowl and wrap in plastic wrap

Chill dough overnight

Divide dough into 4 equal parts. Work 1 part of dough at a time

Roll dough very thin on a floured surface

Cut into 2 inch squares

Place filling in center

Bring dough from one corner to another, sealing in the center

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 mins

Optional when completely cooled you can sprinkle with confectioner’s sugar

Recipe by:

Michele & Duran


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