These cream cheese sugar cookies add a rich touch to this extra virgin olive oil based sugar cookie. Accented with rosewater and dried rose petals, and you have a truly unique and gorgeous cookie.
Are you decorating cookies in the next few weeks? My kids and I still love baking and decorating cookies for the holidays. It was a tradition we started when they were old enough to drizzle icing over cookies, and make a mess, and lick their fingers… But even now, my giant teenager still likes to get down and dirty and decorate cookies.
Of course, my tried-and-true butter based sugar cookies were added in the mix. Because, when it comes down to it, everyone loves the classic sugar cookie. My butter-based cookie, though, has been pushed aside for my new favorite sugar cookie, my extra virgin olive oil sugar cookie that I developed for my cookbook. So, of course, I had to add ANOTHER sugar cookie option to cookie family – these rosewater and cream cheese sugar cookies.
Cream Cheese adds a rich touch to the cookies, and yes, I still add a bit of olive oil to it as well.
This dough works great right after mixing – no refrigeration required. That’s one thing I love about my olive oil cookie dough recipes. I am super impatient and I hate waiting for those butter cookie doughs to harden in the refrigerator. Mix, knead, roll, cut and bake. Bam!
I first introduced these cookies last year, when I showed you how to make royal icing safely using pasteurized egg whites instead of meringue powder.
I have modified and baked this recipe and made them without the rosewater and rose petals, too. I added a bit more vanilla for these cute Chanukkah cookies. Whether you make it with rosewater or vanilla, these cream cheese sugar cookies are one fabulous and delicious cookie.
So, whether you need a sugar cookie for Christmas, Chanukkah, Valentine’s Day, a birthday or whatever special occasion you can think of, I hope you give these Rosewater and Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies a try!
- 2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 ½ tsp crushed rose petals, dried
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 3 tsp rosewater
- 1 egg, large, beaten
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.
- In a small bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and crushed rose petals. Set aside.
- In a larger bowl, using a hand mixer or stand mixer with a paddle mix olive oil and sugar until fluffy.
- Add cream cheese, vanilla and rosewater into the sugar mixture and whip up until smooth.
- Add the flour mixture into the cream cheese mixture until incorporated.
- Add the egg and mix until the dough comes together.
- Transfer cookie dough to a clean work surface and knead by hand for 5 minutes until smooth, and form a ball.
- Divide dough in half, set aside, and cover one half with a clean towel. Flatten other half of the dough to a disk, and roll out between two sheets of parchment paper until ¼-inch thick.
- Cut cookies with a 4-inch circle cookie cutter or other shape.
Using a thin off-set spatula, transfer cookie shapes onto prepared baking sheet. If dough is too sticky, dip spatula into flour first.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden. Do not brown or cookies will be too hard. Olive Oil sugar cookies do not brown like their butter counterparts.
- Allow cookies to rest on the baking sheet for 2 minutes. Then, using a spatula, transfer to a cooling rack to cool thoroughly, about an hour.
- Repeat with the remaining half of dough.
Serve cookies as is, or frost with Royal Icing.
Cookies soften over time. Store in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 116Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
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