Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

These traditional spritz cookies are always welcomed by family and friends. A nice Christmas touch is to tint the dough with green food coloring, then sprinkle the cookies with red sugar before baking.

Yield

4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup of butter, room temperature
1 (3 ounces) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon peel*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C).

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and cream cheese together. Add sugar and mix well until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, vanilla and lemon peel. Mix well. Gradually add flour and salt to cream mixture.

Fit a cookie press with the desired template and fill with dough. Press out cookies 1 inch apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on wire cooling rack. Remove from baking sheet and continue to cool on wire cooling rack.

Additional Information

* 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract can be substituted for 1 teaspoon lemon peel.

You can also use almond extract instead of the lemon extract.

Storage

Store in airtight container at cool room temperature for several weeks or freeze for two months.

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