Who doesn’t love cheerful and festive Christmas cookies with lots of sprinkles? Made with cream cheese, these will stay soft and moist much longer than most cookies. They’re very easy to make and they taste as great as they look!
This is my second time round doing a 24 Cookies of Christmas series. And, just like the last time, I’m sharing my love of sprinkles, which is why Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies has to be a part of this series. I swear, Dear Reader, I put so much thought into sprinkles and which type would be best for a cookie like this!
Last year, I published the Blue Christmas Butter Cookies and the Christmas Funfetti Cookies – both using sprinkles. I think that cookies in the shape of balls lend themselves to sprinkles better than other types of cookies.
Taking inspiration from Renee at Kudos Kitchen, these Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies are not just about the sprinkles and the pretty, they also are very easy to make, they’re very inexpensive, and they taste really, really great!
CREAM CHEESE IN A COOKIE?
Yes! I bake with cream cheese often! In addition to adding complexity to the flavour of the baked good, there are two key things that cream cheese will do in a baking recipe.
First, it will help to elevate the Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies, giving them slight rise and puffiness, without the need for baking soda or baking powder. Secondly, it helps keep all baked goods super moist and fresh for a longer period of time.
MORE CHRISTMAS COOKIE RECIPES!
Did you know that I’ve been posting a 24 Cookies of Christmas series for a few years now? There are over 100 Christmas cookie recipes that you can find right here at Lord Byron’s Kitchen! To make it easier to find, I have created a page for each series. Just click on the image below and you’ll find the full series for that volume all one page!
LET’S TALK SPRINKLES!
Where do you buy sprinkles? Do you have a favourite vendor or brand? Last Christmas, I changed my sprinkle game. I would always buy sprinkles from the baking supply section at Bulk Barn, but not any more – no way! Let me tell you how this all went down.
In November 2018, I was baking a few Christmas goodies and just could not source sprinkles that looked anything like what I was imagining in my head. John.e was on a major sprinkle hunt. He works in close proximity to Michael’s, HomeSense, Winners, and Marshall’s. He purchased at least ten different sprinkle colours, shapes, and brands. But, I wasn’t impressed with any of them as much as I was with Sweetapolita.
After Christmas, I needed Valentine sprinkles, so I tracked down the brand and found their online store. I ordered enough sprinkles to last a lifetime! I know that shopping for sprinkles online might seem a little over the top, but I’ve never once pretended to shy away from getting what I want!
MORE CHRISTMAS CONFECTIONS!
In some cases, we want more than a cookie. That’s why I have two more Christmas-themed collections you might want to consider. The first, is my 12 Bundt Cakes of Christmas, and the second is my 12 Biscotti of Christmas. Click on the image below to see each collection all on one page with links to each recipe!
STORING, PACKAGING, AND FREEZING
These cookies will stay fresh for about 3-5 days in a covered container and in a cool place. But, if you plan to freeze these cookies, use a food-safe container that can be frozen. You’ll want to ensure a very tight fitting lid too. (I use these quite often when freezing baked goods.) I like to place a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the container before pushing the lid on. This helps to create a better seal. The goal is to keep all of that cookie freshness locked in!
You can freeze these cookies for up to three months. They will come out of the freezer looking just like they did when you put them in there. Once you thaw them, they will taste just as fresh, and be just as soft, as the day you first baked them.
If you’re feeling extra festive, make a double batch and share these with your friends and neighbours. I cannot tell you enough times how much people love to receive homemade Christmas cookies. And it feels so good to do so!
Cream Cheese Sprinkle Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sprinkles, Christmas-themed
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter and the cream cheese until smooth.
- Add the confectioner's sugar and beat on low speed into the butter mixture.
- Next, add the vanilla and flour. Beat until fully incorporated.
- Add half of the sprinkles and stir into the cookie dough with a spatula or wooden spoon.
- Portion the cookie dough into one tablespoon sizes. Roll into balls and then roll into the remaining sprinkles.
- Place on prepared baking sheet at least 2 inches apart. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for two minutes before removing to a cooling rack to finish cooling.