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Nostalgia gets an update with these Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies.  Take a classic peanut butter cookie and add cream cheese to get a lighter, flakier, tastier update on your favourite childhood cookie.

In a previous peanut butter cookie recipe here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen, I had talked about the fact that peanut butter cookies were not a normal part of my childhood.  Most North American adults, between the ages of thirty and fifty, can easily identify with the familiarity of peanut butter cookies.

I am not one of them.  My mom never made peanut butter cookies like other mom’s did.  I’m not sure if the seventies and eighties peanut butter cookie popularity reached Newfoundland or not, because I can’t remember other mom’s making peanut butter cookies either.

My fellow Newfoundlander’s, am I wrong?  Is my memory not what it used to be?  Was it just my mom that prevented my childhood from being extra memorable?  Or, am I thinking that peanut butter cookies were popular based on the media that influenced my childhood?  Thanks a lot, 80s sitcoms! It’s all a blur, I tell you!

If it’s my mind playing tricks on me or not, I don’t care.  I’m going to create my own peanut butter cookie memories with these Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies.  By the way, I just stopped typing this post long enough to question John.e about his childhood and whether or not he ate peanut butter cookies.

Guess what his answer was!?  “Oh, my mom made them all the time!  She would make them with the fork marks on top.”  Now, John.e is not from Newfoundland, but rather rural Ontario.  So, apparently, the peanut butter cookie craze had reached the rural town of Little Britain too!

So you see, Dear Reader, I have a lot of catching up to do.  But, in typical Lord Byron fashion, and even though I do love a basic peanut butter cookie, Christmastime demands something more special.  Adding the cream cheese to the recipe makes for a lighter cookie, which is not as crispy and crunchy as a traditional peanut butter cookie, but is soft and chewy.

Because I was making these Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies as a part of Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas, I decided to add a few candy sprinkles to the top.  I found these cute little red and green Christmas tree candies at a bulk store in St. Jacob’s and couldn’t wait to use them.

I think they look adorable on these peanut butter cookies and help to make the cookies even more festive.  I still have more of the little Christmas tree sprinkles left, so I’m sure they’ll make another appearance in another cookie over the next twenty one days!

If you’ve been around the block here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen, you might have already found my annual Christmas posts.  If not, scroll to the top of this page and click on the Christmas tab.  Every year for the past four years, I have posted my annual Christmas blog post.

If you read through them, you will probably come to the conclusion that I absolutely love Christmas.  At the end of the Christmas season last year, I shared with both John.e and McKenna that I wanted to change the theme of the main Christmas tree for this upcoming season.  They probably rolled their eyes, but they usually give in to my need to change things regularly and often.

The new theme was to be homemade.  Meaning, that everything on the tree must be homemade.  I knew I needed about 200+ ornaments, so I assigned homemade ornament duty to McKenna and John.e in August.  McKenna obliged and starting working on some clothespin ornaments.  But, John.e, he fully embraced the challenge!

He broke out his carving tools.  He busted out the wood lathe I got him for his birthday, and this is just an example of one of the ornaments he carved.  I’m obsessed with the popular red farm truck theme, so he carved me my very own.

Notice the Lord Byron’s Kitchen crown painted on the side?  Oh, and that tree, it was made by the wood lathe and it’s actually all one piece.  He even painted it red!  He’a keeper, isn’t he???

Okay… back to business!  If you missed the previous cookie recipes in this series, I’ve listed them below.  Just click on the name of the cookie to be taken directly to that post and the recipe.  I’ll be back tomorrow with the fourth cookie in the 24 Cookies of Christmas series!

Lord Byron’s 24 Cookies of Christmas

  1. Jumbo Marshmallow Balls
  2. Christmas Peanut Butter Rosettes

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Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies

Nostalgia gets an update with these Holiday Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Cookies.  Take a classic peanut butter cookie and add cream cheese to get a lighter, flakier, tastier update on your favourite childhood cookie. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Christmas, Dessert, North American
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Lord Byron's Kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peanut butter, smooth
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sprinkles, Christmas-themed

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.  Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, using a hand-held mixer, beat together the butter, cream cheese, and both sugars, until well combined.
  • Add the egg and vanilla extract.  Beat into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Next, at the peanut butter.  Beat to incorporate.
  • Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Beat until just combined.
  • Add the chopped peanuts and stir into the cookie dough.
  • Using a cookie scoop, drop 1-tablespoon mounds onto the prepared cookie sheet.  Press the back of a fork into the cookie mound in an X pattern to flatten to cookie.
  • Top each cookie with candy sprinkles and bake for 15 minutes.  Remove from oven and allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire cooling rack to finish cooling.

Nutrition

Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 82mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1.8% | Calcium: 1.5% | Iron: 2.4%

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Your peanut butter cookies with cream cheese look and sound absolutely delicious. What’s not to love about the whole combination. Good luck with your homemade ornament tree. Please share some pics for inspiration :-)
    1. Thank you, Pavani. I actually write an annual Christmas post every year. You can find the posts from previous years under my Christmas tab on my blog. I'll certainly post a 2018 version too!
  2. Peanut butter cookies go quickly in my house and I know these won't last a NY-minute either! I love the idea of adding cream cheese to the batter and cannot wait to try it next time I make PB cookies.
  3. OK, wait. Cream cheese+cookie+peanuts+peanut butter+Christmas-themed sprinkles... Should this goodness all in one place even be allowed in LIFE?! These look just like the cookies Santa would want with a glass of milk by the tree!
  4. YES! I'm not Canadian but I totally remember these peanut butter cookies with the cross fork on top! My moms though didn't have cream cheese - umm that's GENIUS! I think I need to start these memories now with my girls!
    1. I think the best memories and traditions are the ones we start ourselves. I'm sure you and your girls will love these!
  5. My mom never made peanut butter cookies either, so you're not alone :) I love that you add cream cheese to these! Never heard of doing that with peanut butter cookies, but I like it
  6. Peanut butter cream cheese cookies looks like so festive, so beautiful, so delicious! Made a tons of peanut butter cookies, but adding cream cheese is an amazing twist. So good!
  7. I never had peanut butter cookies until I started having kids 8 years ago. We often looked for cookie recipes on various sites. We never stuck to one. I think this version is a winner! Plus it has cream cheese. Who doesn't love cream cheese. Santa will be happy for sure when he visits this Christmas! :-)

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