No matter how fancy the Christmas meal, these cookies are always the highlight!

This recipe is from the Stirring Up Memories Christmas Menu.
Servings: Makes about 54 cookies
  • 3 ounces cream cheese , room temperature
  • 16 Tbsp. (2 sticks) unsalted butter , room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tsp. grated orange zest
  • Directions
    Preheat oven to 350°. In the large bowl of an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, butter, and sugar on high speed until well blended. Beat in eggs and vanilla until smooth. Reduce speed to low; beat in flour and salt until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips and orange zest.

    Drop dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets; space dough about 1 inch apart. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until cookies are lightly browned around the edges. With a spatula, transfer to racks to cool completely; store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.


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