There is joy and happiness in having wonderful friends. Friends who come to your aid when you need the help. A friend who loans you her old laptop so you don't have to be a Luddite anymore. Or at least a Luddite that has only been armed with her smartphone for the past two weeks. I know...not a Luddite at all...but it charmingly felt that way for a few minutes.
So...a proper post. A Christmas gift from me to you. But let me preface it and tell you that the recipe is not mine. It is an absolute find from the Food 52 website and if you make these cookies, I have no doubt you will be beyond pleased. You will hopefully also be as addicted to these cookies as I am, because seriously...the reaction to this cookie this must be the same reaction an addict has to crack. The first bite into one of these hooks you, makes you want more, and you find yourself reaching into the cookie tin again and again...hiding the tin in the back of the pantry. When someone asks where the cream cheese cookies are you feign ignorance, having no idea where they could have gone. You will quietly creep into the kitchen in the wee hours of the morning, enjoying one in the complete darkness...just so you don't have to share. These cookies rock.
Cream cheese cookies are so simple. So pure...no fancy add-ins, no fancy technique. Flour, sugar, salt, butter, and cream cheese. Almost as simple as shortbread. Chewy and tangy. If you read the comments for the recipe, you'll see lots of suggestions for tweaks. While they all sound good, I have never wavered from the original. Maybe someday I'll add a little lemon zest or almond extract, but for now, I'll keep my crack pure and unadulterated.
Merry Christmas, kiddies...if you've been good, I hope you get everything you've wished for and if you've been naughty, you had better hide before Krampus seeks you out.
Cream Cheese Cookies from Food52