Pecan Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (2.25 oz) container green sugar crystals
  • 1 (2.25 oz) container red sugar crystals
  • 1 cup pecan halves
    1. Cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add in egg and vanilla and stir well. Add 1 cup of flour to wet ingredients at a time, stirring each time. Then add salt and stir. Fold in chopped pecans.
    1. Divide batter in half. Roll into 4 logs each about 2″ across. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to firm up for at least 2 hours.
    1. Preheat oven to 325˚F. Place red crystals on a plate or tray, and green sugar on a separate plate. Roll 2 logs in red sugar and remaining logs in green sugar. Using a very sharp knife cut each log into slices 1/4″ slices. If reusing same tray, knife, and other tools wash and dry them well between colors to avoid accidentally mixing the red and green.
  1. Place on lined baking sheet 2″ apart. Place a pecan half in the center of each cookie and bake for 15-18 minutes or until bottom of cookies begins to brown slightly. Do not overbake.

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