Published Jun 19th
Prep 45m Cook 10m Additional 30m Ready In 1h 25m
Servings 4 dozen Calories 89.4

These pretty cookies are fairly labor intensive, but boy, are they worth it. A few of these festive blossoms on top of my Christmas cookie trays really make a festive presentation.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring
  • 1 cup red decorator sugar
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 drop yellow food coloring

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line baking sheets with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  2. 2 In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and cream cheese until light and fluffy using an electric mixer. Add egg and vanilla; mix until well blended. Stir in flour by hand using a sturdy spoon while adding enough red food coloring to make the dough turn a pretty red color.
  3. 3 Roll the balls in the red decorator sugar and place them on the prepared cookie sheets, spacing 1 inch apart. Refrigerate the cookies on their cookie sheets until firm, about 10 minutes.
  4. 4 When the cookies are firm, make three slices across each cookie to make 6 slices like a pie, cutting only about 2/3 of the way through the cookie balls.
  5. 5 Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until cookies appear dry. Cool on the cookie sheets, then peel away from the aluminum foil.
  6. 6 Make the icing for the cookies by mixing the confectioners' sugar and water until it reaches a piping consistency. Add a drop of yellow food coloring. Put icing into a pastry bag or resealable bag and cut a small piece off of the corner. Pipe small dots onto the center of the cookies. Allow icing to dry before storing cookies in an airtight container at room temperature. Cookies can be stored for up to two weeks.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 89.4
  • Carbohydrate 13.6 g
  • Cholesterol 13.4 mg
  • Fat 3.7 g
  • Fiber 0.1 g
  • Protein 0.8 g
  • Saturated Fat 2.3 g
  • Sodium 27.3 mg
  • Sugar 5.4 g


  1. These were absolutely wonderful. I found that it was imperative to make the little cuts quickly after they came out of the fridge. That made it much easier to tug the little sections apart.
  2. I followed the directions exactly. They weren't easy to make but they turned out beautifully. It was worth the work.
  3. I'm making them now and right off the bat I can see a problem. Just mixed the dough and there is no way to start rolling into balls! Dough is too sticky. It's in the refrigerator now to firm it up so I can handle it. I'll be anxious to see how this all turns - Read more ...
  4. My cookies looked nothing like the ones in the picture. I more than doubled the amount of red food coloring and still wound up with pink cookies rather than red ones. Also it is rather difficut to make slits in one-inch balls of dough that are spaced one-inch apart other one-inch balls of dough on - Read more ...
  5. If you use food coloring instead of paste you're going to end up with pink cookies. Use paste instead to get a true red color. The cookies themselves are yummy and pretty! I love sugarplum's picture in this recipe. Her cookies always rock!!
  6. These are very pretty but they don't have a lot of flavor. They are pretty bland. I used a natural food coloring so mine were pink which was fine with me. I like pink pointsettias. I also used mini chocolate chips or peanut butter chips in the middle instead of the icing. Next time I - Read more ...
  7. The recipe i originally submitted before being accepted and edited said to use about 20 drops of red food color to make the cookies. Since then I have decided that i like the way the cookies look much better when i use red gel food color from the craft store. I just keep adding little - Read more ...
  8. Question. Reviewers commented that these cookies turned out pink not red. Could it be because there is nowhere in the recipe instructions that tell you when to add the red decorator sugar? So when do you add it? Sounds like these would be a hit if they turned out red.:0) ( Oh the 5 stars - Read more ...
  9. Great Christmas recipe except I used yellow M&m's in the middle instead of icing. Just push in center when cookies come out of oven.

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