Key Lime Straws

These island-fresh cookies bring a little of the tropics to your home.

Yield

4 dozen cookies

Ingredients

1 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 large egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Key lime or lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated Key lime or lemon rind
few drops green or yellow food coloring
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).

In a large mixing bowl, blend together butter, cream cheese and sugar. Beat on medium speed until fluffy. Combine egg, lime or lemon juice, lime or lemon rind and green or yellow food coloring. Add to butter mixture until well blended. Gradually add flour and baking powder to creamed mixture. Mix on low speed until well blended. Place dough in refrigerator, and chill for about 10 minutes.

Place dough in cookie press fitted with ribbon template. Force 2-inch ribbon strips through cookie press 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 2 minutes on wire cooling rack. Remove cookies from baking sheet and continue to cool on wire cooling rack.

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