Cream Cheese Cookie Press

Cream Cheese Cookie Press

The Spruce / Sabrina Russo

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 60 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
53 Calories
4g Fat
5g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 60
Amount per serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 30mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 6mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This dough works well to make for the holidays or any special occasion. The cream cheese adds a richness to the flavor and gives you an alternative other than only making butter cookies. Add this to your cookie press recipe collection! Just like a butter cookie dough, you can color this dough. Just divide it into portions to make multiple colors of cookies, adding the food coloring last. 

Using a Cookie Press

Using a cookie press can be difficult due to many factors including the surface and temperature of the pan. The dough's temperature can also make or break your chance of producing cookies in shapes that adhere to the baking sheet.

If the dough is not firm enough for your cookie press, refrigerate it to firm it up more. Remember to hold your cookie press completely vertical to the baking sheet for best results. If the dough is not firm enough for your cookie press, refrigerate it to firm it up more. Remember to hold your cookie press completely vertical to the baking sheet for best results.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (at room temperature)
  • 3 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Optional: food coloring
  • Optional: colored sugar, sprinkles, dragees, or other decorations

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Cream Cheese Cookie Press ingredients

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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Whisk salt into the flour and set aside.

    salt and flower in a bowl with a whisk

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  3. Cream butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Add sugar, egg yolk, vanilla, and lemon or almond extract, beating until combined. Stir in the flour/salt mixture.

    dough in a stand mixer

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  4. Divide dough, if you desire multiple colors, then add optional food coloring(s) and mix well.

    red, blue and white cookie dough in bowls

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  5. Apply desired cutting plate shape and fill cookie press with dough.

    cookie dough in a cookie press

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  6. Press cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet.

    cookie dough on a baking sheet

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  7. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned at the edges.

    Cream Cheese Cookie Press on a baking sheet

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Notes

For a simple icing, add just enough heavy cream or milk to powdered confectioners' sugar, so it has a liquidy texture. Put icing in a ziptop bag, squeeze out the air, and then seal it. Cut off a small corner from the bottom of the bag to use it as a pastry bag. Let air-dry to firm up. You can also help decorations adhere to the cookies by creating a "glue." Just whisk a little water into an egg white. Brush on top of cookies and sprinkle on decorations. Let sit to dry.

Raw Egg Warning

Consuming raw and lightly-cooked eggs poses a risk of food-borne illness.