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Lemon Spritz

My mother made the yummy tinted cookies at Christmastime, and she always baked a big batch. My sister, brothers and I had lots of fun decorating them with colored sprinkles...and sampling them, too!
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 9 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Food coloring, optional
  • Nonpareils and colored sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream the shortening, cream cheese and sugar. Beat in egg yolk, vanilla and lemon peel. Combine the flour, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat in food coloring if desired. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle with nonpareils and colored sugar if desired. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until set (do not brown). Remove to wire racks.
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  • abreendre
    Dec 6, 2017

    I liked the lemon flavor. It added a little interest to spritz cookies

  • scrambledwithcheese
    Dec 26, 2010

    These were okay. The dough was a bit stiff for my cookie press. I think it needs a little bit of milk added to soften up the dough. The flavor was good. I put frosting on mine as well.