Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1 cup butter, softened
<br>- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
<br>- 1 cup white sugar
<br>- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
<br>- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
<br>- ½ teaspoon salt
<br>- ½ cup chopped pecans
<br>- ½ cup green sugar crystals
<br>- ½ cup red sugar crystals
<br>- 1 cup pecan halves
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
<br>step 2: Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in  chopped pecans. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
<br>step 3: On four sheets of aluminum foil, shape dough into four 6 inch rolls, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll tightly in foil and refrigerate over night.
<br>step 4: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with foil. Remove rolls of dough from refrigerator one at a time. Coat each roll with red or green sugar crystals; cut dough into 1/4 inch slices.
<br>step 5: Place on prepared cookie sheets; top each cookie with a pecan half. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned when lifted.
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Ingredients
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- ½ cup green sugar crystals
- ½ cup red sugar crystals
- 1 cup pecan halves

Directions
step 1: Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and vanilla; beat until light and fluffy.
step 2: Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture, beating until well blended. Stir in chopped pecans. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
step 3: On four sheets of aluminum foil, shape dough into four 6 inch rolls, 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap each roll tightly in foil and refrigerate over night.
step 4: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Line cookie sheets with foil. Remove rolls of dough from refrigerator one at a time. Coat each roll with red or green sugar crystals; cut dough into 1/4 inch slices.
step 5: Place on prepared cookie sheets; top each cookie with a pecan half. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned when lifted.

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