17.5-ounce package dry sugar cookie mix
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or other flavoring
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon meringue powder
Water, for icing consistency
To make the cookies into ornaments, use a toothpick or chopstick to form a hole in the dough at the top of the design before baking. Make the hole large enough to be sure it doesn't close up during baking. Remember to clear the hole before icing hardens.