Sometimes, you just have to celebrate. I mean, life is all about those little celebrations, right? Whether it’s a birthday or a graduation, or even a wedding… celebrations are the memories we carry with us for years, and sometimes a lifetime. Celebrations can define us. Celebrations can carry us through bad times. Celebrations, even the simple ones, can make a world of difference to a person. I mean, if you don’t celebrate the occasions of life, or just being alive, what good is any of it?
I firmly believe that the only thing you can take with you when you die are your memories. So I want to be sure that whatever memories I take with me are happy ones. I mean, what’s the point of taking bad memories with you, right?
That said, I found the perfect celebration cookies. Just look at the photo. Doesn’t it just make you want to run right out and celebrate something? Anything?
These cookies are very moist. The dough is very easy to roll out and didn’t stick to my rolling pin. I did bake a few big cookies and the larger the cookie, the larger the cream cheese flavor. These would be killer baked into a large cookie without the sprinkles, and decorated with cream cheese frosting (and then you add the sprinkles of course!)
Go ahead. Make some memories. Bake some cookies and invite a friend over. Celebrate your friendship, or just a simple cup of coffee and some really fun cookies. After all. It doesn’t matter if your celebration is large or small. It doesn’t even matter what you are celebrating, so long as it creates a really great memory.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) Butter, softened
- 1 cup Sugar
- 3 oz Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 egg yolk
- 2½ cup AP Flour
- 1 egg white
- Sanding Sugar, for decorating
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, sugar, cream cheese and vanilla. Once fluffy add the salt and egg yolk. (reserve egg white, we will use that)
- Add flour and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
- Flour a clean surface and flour your rolling pin. Divide dough into 4 sections (chill sections you are not rolling) and roll each section to a ¼ inch thickness. Use your favorite cookie cutter.
- Dust the flour off the cookies and place on a prepared cookie sheet. Whisk the egg white and brush an egg white glaze on each cookie. Sprinkle with sanding sugar.
- Bake for 6 minutes (for small ones like this) and 8 minutes for regular sized cookies. Let cool for 1 minute before cooling on a rack.
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