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poinsettia cookies
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5 from 30 votes

Poinsettia Cookies

Very Merry!
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Sula


  • 12 TB unsalted butter 1 ½ sticks, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 large egg separated
  • 2 cups flour all-purpose
  • 1 TB baking powder
  • 1 cup colored sugar
  • *About 30 M&M candies No snacking until cookies are finished!


  • Mix the cream cheese, butter, and egg yolk until smooth, then add the flour and baking powder. Mix until well blended and form into a disc. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour (or up to 2 days).
  • Divide the dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll half the dough into a 15x9 inch rectangle. (Return remaining dough to the refrigerator). With a sharp knife or a pizza cutter, trim uneven edges from the dough and cut the rectangle into 3-inch squares. Place the squares at least ½ inch apart on parchment paper-lined sheet pans.
  • Heat oven to 350F.
  • Lightly whisk the reserved egg white and brush one dough square all over with the egg white. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough diagonally from each corner to within ½ inch of the center of the square.
  • Sprinkle one teaspoon colored sugar evenly over the whole square. Fold in every other point of the square to the center, forming a pinwheel, overlapping the corners at the center and pressing down gently to seal. Press an *M&M (Hope you’ve got enough!) in the center of the pinwheel, covering the points. Repeat with remaining squares.
  • Bake for 9 to 12 minutes, until dry and very light golden.
  • Repeat with reserved dough to make approximately 30 finished cookies.
  • Store finished cookies between wax paper layers in an airtight container. Cookies will stay crisp and tasty for about 4 days.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.