Thursday, December 11, 2008

Christmas Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Just like mom used to make...

As far back as I can remember my mom has made spritz cookies for Christmas. She would make hundreds and hundreds of these cookies. She would fill decorative tins and then give them away as gifts. I remember one year, we found a tin full of these little cookies months after Christmas and they looked like they were baked the day before. Now, they were hard as rocks, but still adorable. Since I am not going to be home with my mom around Christmas this year (we are going to New Orleans for my sister's wedding), I decided I would make these spritz cookies for my cookie exchange party. The cookies are simple and not too sweet. You can easily eat a dozen before you realize. I hope you enjoy my family tradition!

Christmas Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
adapted from

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup butter
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Mix together the flour, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. If desired, decide the dough in half and add food coloring to the halves until you reach the desired color (I used about 8 drops of green food dye). Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough, and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugar or sprinkles to decorate.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cookies are golden brown on the peaks and on the bottoms. Remove from cookie sheets at once to cool on wire racks.


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  4. at least i'm not the only one who eats these by the handful... thanks for the recipe, my mom used to make these too and i have a craving :)