12/9/11

cream cheese filled sugar cookie wedges

cream cheese filled sugar cookie wedges

Ever get that impulse when visiting the "larger" grocery stores to stock up? Like stock up on stuff you really don't need and shouldn't buy? But you buy it anyways because IT'S ON SALE?
Yeah, me too. And then those things you bought sit in your cupboards and you haven't a clue what to do with them? Well, I found something to do with the 'instant' sugar cookie packs! And they don't taste that bad really, I doctored them up a bit to make them even more appealing and tasty. A nice addition of cream cheese, then a warm chocolate bath followed up with a nice coating of crushed candy canes--they tasted fabulous.
So if you have an upcoming holiday office party or casual cookie swap or like me, need to use up the sugar cookie packs that might be sitting in your cupboards. They were quite a hit here at home --very tasty. Serve with a tall glass of ice cold milk!

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Easy peasy to do. Just bake the sugar cookie packs (2) in cake pans. Let cool.

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Let them cool. Then spread a nice even layer of the cream cheese filling, being careful not to go to the edges. Place other sugar cookie cake on top and into fridge to set up for a bit.

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When ready to start dipping, use a biscuit cutter and place in the middle of the sugar cookie cake. Push down all the way but don't remove--we want to use this as a guide for cutting even wedges. Cut like you would an old fashioned shortbread wheel.

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Dip in melted semi sweet chocolate and garnish with crushed candy canes or whatever else you desire. (I tried using milk chocolate but it was just too sweet; the semi sweet tastes much better). Store in fridge.

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Cook notes:
Feel free to use your favorite sugar cookie recipe for this. If you do decide to use your own sugar cookie mix make sure to make enough dough for two- 8 (or 9) inch cake pans.

Sugar cookie dough packs (2) or use your own favorite sugar cookie recipe

filling:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temp
½ cup confectioners’ sugar
Pinch of salt

garnish:
18 ounces semi sweet chocolate, melted
Crushed candy canes, optional but wonderful

Preheat oven at 350 degrees. Prepare cookie mix according to directions, Instead of baking them on a pan we will use 2- 8 or 9 inch cake pans. Make sure to grease up the cake pans, really well as we do not want them to stick.
Bake at 350 for about 12-16 minutes or until edges are golden brown; center might still be somewhat soft. That’s ok as we will let this harden up in fridge. I like to think these sugar cookies taste a little better when they are soft, but if you like crunchy sugar cookies then by all means do what you like most.
Let these cool and meanwhile let’s make the cream cheese filling. Mix the cream cheese with about ¼ cup or so (taste test as you go to see if it needs more sugar). Mix well. Then spread a nice layer of the mixture on one of the giant sugar cookies (be careful not to go to the edges), place the other sugar cookie on top, cover with plastic wrap and chill in fridge for a couple hours or overnight.
When ready to dip in chocolate, take a biscuit cutter and place in the middle of the cake, pushing down, but do not take cutter out as this will help guide us in slicing them into wedges. You want to slice them into wedges like you would shortbread. You should get about 16-18 wedges depending on the size/width you slice them.
While you get your melting chocolate ready, place wedges back on cookie sheet and into fridge to chill them again.
Get your crushed candy canes ready and into a bowl for easy dipping.
Use whatever method you like best for dipping chocolate. (The semi sweet chocolate works best, the milk chocolate was just a bit too sweet). I used a double boiler for melting my chocolate as I have a few wedges to dip and want to keep the chocolate melted for a while.
Dip each wedge into the melted chocolate, then dip into crushed candy canes. I dipped the fuller/wider end of the wedge instead of the longer/skinnier end. If you’re not comfortable dipping then you can easily drizzle the wedges with chocolate. Place dipped wedges on parchment paper to set up.
Keep wedges in fridge until ready to serve. They don’t keep that long, maybe a couple days. I wouldn’t go past 3 days since there is cream cheese in there. Do they freeze well? I doubt it.
Makes about 16-18 wedges depending on how thick you cut them.

27 comments:

  1. I just love this idea! And yes I stock up too...lol.

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  2. so creative--these would look great on a cookie tray!

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  3. Yum and love that you used a pouch mix and that you dipped it all in choc..and oh yeah, that filling part. Mmmm, great!

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  4. Wow this is a great idea, and pretty too

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  5. So gorgeous and yummy! I want some of these in my Christmas stocking!

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  6. what a great idea of using cookie mix and creating such great treats!

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  7. These are fantastic! Totally going on my xmas baking list. Literally just added it to the list I've been scribbling ideas on. They're so simple yet just gorgeous and so festive! Thanks for the recipe!

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  8. okay, Cookie Queen, this is over the top amazing! Well done!

    Have a great weekend!

    Marina

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  9. Yup! Do it all the time- mostly with beans, tomato sauce & broth! I need a bag of those sugar cookies...kids are supposed to decorate sugar cookies at my exchange tomorrow and I do not feel like making one more thing!

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  10. love what you've done to those packets!! i have stockpiled random things... like grains and flours. i'm weird. buuut you probably already knew that :)

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  11. So crafty! Awesome idea, especially with the festive candy cane bits :) I feel victim to Costco last week, actually... Who DOESN'T need a 2 1/2 pound bag of spinach (the bag is WAY bigger than it sounds)?!? Needless to say, I ate a lot of salad. And omelets. And sauteed spinach in all its forms.

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  12. I could just die for a bite of these cookies. YUMMMM!!!!

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  13. I make so many grocery impulse buys based on the fact that things are on sale...it's sad. So far no sugar cookie mixes. But one may have to fall into my cart next week to make these!

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  14. Great! Those should be perfect crowd pleasers for parties

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  15. Je découvre cette gourmandise et elle me plait beaucoup
    Je te souhaite une belle après midi

    Valérie

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  16. I want to move in this blog and every time you close your eyes I'll be sneaking on all your delicious treats. That's my definition of happiness. :)

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  17. Oh. My. Gosh. I'm making this, asap.

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  18. Those look so pretty and delicious! A great Xmas treat.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  19. Beautiful for eating and gift giving!

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  20. the filling idea is great, but the dippage is amazing!

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  21. That is such a nifty idea! And yes, I always have something boxed like that in the pantry. The cream cheese filling is nice....not too sweet.
    (Might even be worth buying the mix just to make these.)

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  22. Oh boy - these look so good and very festive!

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  23. Cookie mixes have gotten so much better in recent years! Wish you were able to come yesterday and bring these!! :)

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  24. wow these look great and easy to make!

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  25. These look fabulous! What a great idea!

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  26. These look fabulous! What a fantastic idea.

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