This recipe was once a closely guarded secret. The story goes that someone's great aunt made the very best cream cheese cookies and fiercely guarded her recipe. She sweet talked her great aunt into giving her a copy but could never duplicate them just the same way her aunt had made. One day after her great aunt passed away a family member was to go through her things and happened upon her recipe box, where she found the original recipe for the cookies, and written on the recipe was "Secret Cream Cheese Cookies" and on the back was written, "DO NOT GIVE OUT UNTIL I AM DEAD". Luckily for me and you, this wonderful person shared the recipe here
I made some alterations to this recipe, as well as added in some techniques, so hopefully you too can duplicate this recipe, to the enjoyment of your family and friends. I hear this makes a good spritz cookie base as well. It is also the base dough for my Double Cookie Cookie Monster Cookies Instructable
I chose this recipe because every time I bring this cookie somewhere I see several people eating the cookies, then eating more, telling others, or even grabbing extras to bring to their spouses to try, and then of course the questions come "Who made these? Where can I get the recipe?"
Seriously...I had the wife of the deputy CIO of the company I work at trying to track down this recipe from me...it is that good.
My advice is to do yourself a favor and print at least 3 copies of the recipe to bring with you every time you bring these cookies somewhere. That or just tell them to search for this instructable.
And with that, I give you, Secret Recipe Cream Cheese cookies...the secret is out!