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Lemon Cream Cheese Spritz Recipe

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Our Test Kitchen home economists liven up ordinary spritz cookies with lemon extract and peel. Cream cheese makes every bite tasty and tender.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:54 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 54 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 2-1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 75 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat shortening and cream cheese until blended. Add sugar; beat until creamy. Beat in egg yolk, lemon extract and peel. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 9-12 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired. Yield: About 9 dozen.
Originally published as Lemon Cream Cheese Spritz in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p72

Nutritional Facts

2 cookies equals 75 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 8 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2010

I had to add another oz. of cream cheese, as the dough was too thick and not smooth enough. Then it was fine, but there wasn't enough lemon flavor for me. I may or may not make this again. The baked cookie was a tad on the dry side for me as well. I might add more lemon flavoring next time if I make it again.

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2008

A friend made these for our office during Christmas; we couldn't stop eating them! Absolutely delicious!

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