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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
bake:
12 mins at 375°
Yield:
cookies
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Ingredients

Cookies
Filling

Directions

Cookies
  • Heat oven to 375°. In a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking soda and salt.

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  • In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add 1 cup of the sugar and beat until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg, followed by vanilla. On low speed, beat in flour mixture.

  • Place remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Scoop scant tablespoonfuls of dough into your hand. Roll into balls, then roll balls in sugar. Place on an ungreased baking sheet and continue shaping dough.

  • Bake at 375° for 12 minutes per batch. Remove from oven and press down centers with your thumb or the reverse end of an ice cream scoop or other kitchen tool (we used a citrus reamer). Repeat with all remaining dough. Cool cookies on a wire rack.

Filling
  • Meanwhile, with an electric mixer, beat butter until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and half-and-half and beat until smooth. Divide among 4 bowls and tint yellow, pink, blue and green or your desired colors. Spoon into piping bags and snip a 1/2-inch opening. Pipe filling into cooled cookies; sprinkle with sparkling sugar, if using. Refrigerate until filling is firm before stacking.

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