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Cream Cheese Spritz

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Makes

about 6 dozen

A hint of orange and cinnamon highlights these Christmastime classics. I like to add colorful sprinkles before baking them. The recipe is from a booklet that came with a cookie press in the 1950s...and I still have the press! —Sarah Bedia, Lake Jackson, Texas
Cream Cheese Spritz Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

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

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening, cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolk and vanilla. In another bowl, whisk together flour, salt and cinnamon; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in orange zest. If desired, add food coloring.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Decorate with candies and colored sugar as desired. Bake until set (do not brown), 9-12 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 56 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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