Cutout Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
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Dough chill time
all purpose flour
pure vanilla extract
pure almond extract
sprinkles and seasonal pareils for decorating
Sift together the flour, salt and nutmeg. Set aside.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the softened butter, cream cheese, vanilla and almond extract. Beat for 2 minutes until fluffy and light.
Add the sugar. Beat for 2 minutes or until fully creamed together.
Add the egg yolks one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat for 2 minutes on high. The creamed mixture should be fluffy and light yellow in color.
Gradually add the flour and mix on low speed until combined. Divide the dough in half and shape into a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 2 hours or until firm.
To bake preheat the oven to 375°F and line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
On a floured surface, roll one disc of the chilled dough to ⅓-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes using floured cutters. Place at least 1 ½-inch apart on the parchment lined cookie sheets.
Bake for 10-12 minutes until the edges are golden. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
When the cookies have cooled frost and decorate as desired.
Prior to baking cookies may be lightly brushed with egg wash and sprinkled with colorful sugar crystals, if desired.