We woke to 39 degrees, it’s much colder than the 95 degree days we had a week ago.
It’s a hot tea and cookie type of day.
With the smell of gingerbread in the oven, I think I need to start writing my Christmas list….
Have you written your list yet? Do you have a running list that starts on Jan 1st and you just keep adding to it all year long? Do you just jot down a few things it would be nice to have? Do you rely on someone selecting the perfect gift with no list at all, or do you know exactly what you’d like to receive?
Just imagine the Christmas Carols playing in the background and the aroma of gingerbread baking in the oven.
Nothing says happiness at this time of year more than great baked goods, no matter what’s on your list.
To help you get in the baking mood, I created these quick and easy cheesecake filled gingerbread cookies. In just a few simple steps your kitchen will smell like the Holidays too.
Begin with a 30 oz. roll of Pillsbury Gingerbread Cookie Dough (found in the refrigerator section of the grocery store)
Roll 2 teaspoons of Gingerbread Dough into balls and place them into a mini cupcake/muffin pan with paper liners.
To create the indentations in the cookie dough, place the end of a mini rolling pin or back of a measuring teaspoon dipped in flour and press into the dough.
4 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Roll two teaspoons of cookie dough into a ball for each cookie. Place balls of dough into paper liners mini cupcake/muffin pan. Make a well/indentation into each ball of dough with a flour dipped mini rolling pin or the back of a measurement teaspoon.
Beat room temperature cream cheese with powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla. Place filling into a piping bag, cut off edge of bag. Place one teaspoon or so of filling into each area of cookie dough.
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes or until cookie tested with tooth pick comes out almost clean.
Don’t over fill the cookies with filling as they will rise when baked.
Let cool before removing from cupcake pan.
***update*** there is a bit of rise and fall when baking the gingerbread pre-made cookie dough. Add 1/4 cup flour to the cookie mixture and the dough will be a little firmer and will bake up with less puff, then there will be less collapsing of the dough when cooling. The gingerbread cookie and filling can be refrigerated to get them back to a cool temperature before baking and that too will help if the filling is melting or the cookie dough is rising too much. You can also bake the cookie cups empty and add the cheesecake filling when the cookie cups are cooled.
General Mills invited several bloggers to create something simple and fun for the Holidays using Pillsbury Cookies Chubs (Rolls) Do you think they will like it?
Pillsbury posted my cookies along with other wonderful bloggers sweet treats, take a look here
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