I was looking at a blog recently, Ma Petite Boulangerie and I saw a lovely looking cookie, or biscuit, made with cream cheese and vanilla. I thought I would like to try them. The blog is actually in Spanish so I had to use a translator program to see the recipe in English, and then to do a bit of guessing to make sure I got things right.
The cookies are actually a pastry type dough which is rolled out, coated in sugar and then rolled up into a sausage shape and cut to size before baking.
It all seemed simple enough so I decided to try it.
I must say that I think the cookies turned out well, and taste very good indeed, with the vanilla flavour and just a slight creamy flavour too. They are also simple to make. They actually are similar to palmiers, but of course not using puff pastry and are shaped differently.
Cream Cheese & Vanilla Cookies – Video
- 200g cream cheese
- 100g unsalted butter(at room temperature)
- 250g plain flour
- pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 80g granulated sugar
- In a mixing bowl cream the cream cheese and butter together.
- Add the salt and vanilla bean paste and mix again.
- Add the flour and mix until combined and clumping together.
- Pull the dough together and place between two sheeting of parchment paper.
- Roll out to a thickness of 2-3mm or 1/4 inch, in a rectangle shape of about 13inches x 10 inches.
- Place in dough in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/400 F
- Remove from the fridge and sprinkle about 3 tablespoons of sugar over the dough.
- Use a rolling pin to gently press the sugar onto the dough.
- Roll up, the long side of the dough into a sausage about 13 inches long.
- Cut the dough into 1/2 inch thick slices, so you will have about 26.
- Place each slice into the remaining sugar, coating on both sides.
- Place each slice onto a baking tray, lined with parchment paper, leaving a gap between each for spreading.
- Bake in the oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the cookies have turned a nice golden brown. I baked mine for 30 minutes as the centres didn’t seem baked through.
- Remove from the oven and leave for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.