How many baking days are there left before Christmas?
If you are still looking for good cookies to bake for a holiday platter, I urge you to give these almond cream cheese cookies a try.
It’s November, and I have Christmas cookies on my mind. Slice and bake cookies clearly fall within the Christmas-spirit camp. Especially since you can prepare this dough weeks in advance and slice and bake when you need them. I mean, it’s too late for that now if you’re reading this the day the recipe goes live…but it’s never too early to plan ahead for next year. Not to mention, these would be great all year long.
I have to warn you, they could become your new favorite cookie.
What is a slice and bake cookie?
Slice and bake cookies are a type of cookie that is formed into a log that you can cut into individual rounds and place on the baking sheet, as opposed to “drop cookies” that are hand shaped and dropped into small mounds on the baking sheet before baking.
Reasons why I love Almond Cream Cheese Cookies:
They mix up in one bowl!
They’re slice and bake! There’s just something about taking a roll of cookie dough out of the fridge, knowing that all that’s left to do is slice and bake them.
They’re reminiscent of cheesecake. Yep, there’s cream cheese in the dough which makes for a little bit of richness and a lovely tender texture.
They’re rolled in slivered almonds that add a nice crunch to the overall soft and crumbly cookie. So cute!
They’re the answer to every cookie lovers dream ❤️
HOW TO MAKE Almond Cream Cheese Cookies from scratch?
The cookies are easy to mix up using an electric mixer. As I mentioned above, they’re one bowl easy. Once the dough comes together, it will be much too soft to form a log.
So, divide it in half, wrap each piece in plastic wrap and let it chill until it’s firmed up a bit. Then you form the dough into two logs, about 2 inches in diameter.
Q : I noticed when I lay cookie logs in the refrigerator to chill, they end up with the bottom side becoming flat.
A : Well, instead of allowing them to lie flat, you can try to set each roll up so that it is standing vertically in it’s own tall drinking glass. Now, the only part that gets flattened out in this scenario is the end that’s at the bottom of the glass.
Slice, Bake and Decorate The Almond Cream Cheese Cookies
Are you ready to make some more decisions?
When it comes to decorate these wonderful cookies, you have a couple of options.
Once you’ve formed your logs, just lay out some plastic wrap and roll each log in the slivered almonds until it is evenly coated. Lightly press the slivers to help them adhere. Wrap them up in the plastic wrap and send them to the refrigerator to chill for at least two hours.
Q : My family members don’t like almonds, can we use something else ?
A : Sure, you can use chopped walnuts/pecans instead or graham crackers crumbs, or even sprinkles….. Don’t you love sprinkle cookies? Sprinkles make everything better.
Can’t you picture these slice and bake cream cheese cookies with Christmas, red & pink Valentine’s sprinkles…..or red, white and blue for July 4th?
The possibilities are endless!
Once they’ve chilled, all you do is slice into 1/4 inch thick rounds and bake!
To Make Ahead:
Cookie logs can be made up to 2 weeks in advance. Cookies can be baked 1 week ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature or frozen for up to 1 month.
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