The Family’s Favorite Easter Press Cookie: Lemon Cream Cheese

pressed cookiesMom fell in love with these yummy little cookies. She would ask for them at Christmas as well as at Easter.  Easy to make, but you do need a cookie press to make them.  Also, I would add a little food coloring to match the holiday to make them a little more festive.  For Easter they were yellow flowers with red cinnamon centers.

 

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 3-oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp lemon extract
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated lemon peel
  • 1 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. With a electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese thoroughly.
  2. Add sugar gradually, continuing to beat until light and fully.
  3. Add egg yolk, lemon extract, and peel; beat well.
  4. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cups; level off; blend flour and salt together.  Add in 3 batches, mixing well after each batch.   Add a few drops of yellow food coloring and mix well.
  5. Assemble cookie press; fill with cookie dough. Press onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Use instructions of cookie press.  Fill pressed cookie flower with a red cinnamon candy bit.
  7. Bake 14-17 minutes at 350 degrees or until just starting to turn light golden around edges.  Do not over bake!

Makes about 5 or 6 dozen cookies.

 

 

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