What better way to kick off the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies at Tried and Tasty than with the most adorable little cookies you’ve ever seen?!? If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve seen a sneak peak of these little babies already. I’m so excited to bring you one amazing cookie recipe after another this Christmas season. There are lots of great cookies in store, so you’ll want to check back each day. There will be great ideas for your holiday parties, neighbor gifts, or treats for “just because it’s Christmas”. Seriously though, I have absolutely fallen in love we these darling little cookies. They remind me a little bit of snow-capped mountains. With all of the snow we’ve been getting around here, that’s no wonder!
These sweet Sugarplum Thumbprints are a fun Christmas cookie - the powdered sugar topping reminds me of a dusting of beautiful snow!
- 1 c. butter softened
- 1 c. powdered sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 2/3 c. ready to spread cream cheese frosting
- Powdered sugar
Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and vanilla beating well. Add flour and salt, mixing until well combined. Cover and chill 30 minutes.
Roll dough into 48 (3/4 inch) balls, and place on parchment paper-lined or Silpan lined baking sheets. Press thumb in center of each cookie to make an indention.
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges. Cool completely on wire racks. Dollop cream cheese frosting into cookie indentions; top each cookie with a gumdrop. Dust with powdered sugar.
[My 2 Cents]
You can spoon the cream cheese carefully on to the cookie, but I found it easier and prettier to pipe it on with a pastry bag and tip. Surprisingly, that was less messy than trying to dollop. No matter how hard I tried, I was not only making a mess with the spoon, but I was also adding entirely too much frosting. The piping bag is a win/win. I also made my cookies a day before decorating them. It's nice when a dough can be chilled for that reason because you can prepare it in advance and then they are ready to go when the decorating begins. This would also be a great cookie to make with kids. They can add the gumdrop at the end or even help sprinkle the powdered sugar. I used a sugar shaker.
Adapted from Southern Living Christmas Cookbook
Linking up with: The Weekend Retreat
These cookies are so sweet looking. Do they need to be refrigerated?
Thank you so much! Because they have a cream cheese frosting, I would recommend it if you think you’ll have them more than a day!
You amaze me! These pictures are incredible and the cookies look delicious!
Oh Jonie, thank you so much for saying such sweet things! Thank you!
Those seriously are so cute and sound delicious although I think anything with cream cheese sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing on the weekend re-Treat link party!
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Thank you so much for stopping by! I agree with you on the cream cheese – absolutely delightful!
I wish I could eat cookies off the computer screen. These look amazing!
Ooh I wish I could do that too with all of the wonderful cookies I’ve been seeing on Pinterest.. but it’s a good thing I can’t.. I’d weigh a million pounds :)
These are adorable. I love the sprinkling on top…just like snow. :)
JUST like snow! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that!!
These are darling and look delicious! I can’t believe you are doing 12 days of cookies and can’t wait to see the rest!
Thanks Aimee – it will be a fun series!
SO fun! I was going to do this on my site but all of that cookie baking got a little crazy. Can’t wait to see all of your recipes! Especially whatever those half dipped chocolate ones are!
I hear ya, a little crazy is probably an understatement – but I’m excited for the rest of the month!
Yum! Those look so tasty! Plus, they are just cute!
Thank you miss!
oh those look so good. It looks like your driving me to cookies for breakfast!
Ha! I know how that goes!
I think those are the cutest cookies I’ve ever seen. The pictures are so awesome that I feel like I can almost taste them. Now I want some! Pinning!
Aren’t they though?!? I love the picts, they were great little subjects – in fact, I had the good problem of taking TOO many pictures and having to narrow it down :) Thanks for the pinterest love!
Yvonne these looks delicious and so fun! Yum – these will have to go on my Christmas baking list!
Thanks Summer! They are so fun and would be a hit any where you take them!
These are adorable & I really want to bite one, right now!
I just dies over how cute they were!