February in Michigan is lovely.
And it's still snowing here. I love brand new snow. But of course I didn't go too far before I headed inside to warm up.
Using a recipe given to me from a good friend I decided to make snowballs of a different kind. Boy, are these delicious!
Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies
4 cups all purpose flour ½ cup butter
1 tsp. baking powder ½ Crisco shortening
¼ tsp. salt 8 oz pg. cream cheese
¼ tsp. nutmeg 1 ½ cups white sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg in a bowl and set aside. In a large bowl cream together butter, shortening, sugar and egg until blended. Next add softened cream cheese and vanilla, beating until fluffy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill 1 to 2 hours.
On lightly floured surface, roll dough 1/8 inch thick. Cut with a round cutter (I use a glass) and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Next, spoon 1 tsp. filling of your choice, I love using mincemeat or raspberry preserves. Lemon curd is wonderful, too.
Carefully press another layer of cut out cookie dough, creating a top. Gently press and seam the sides with your finger. Bake a 375 for 7-9 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
When completely cooled sprinkle generously with powdered sugar. Then heavily with green and red sugar crystals.