These are for mom.
As far back as I can remember my mom made tins and tins full of spritz cookies. My siblings and I would always try to sneak cookies out from the tins before my mom gave them away, so she started hiding them from us. To me, these cookies represent sweet memories from my childhood. They are subtly sweet and have a delicate crumb. I have continued the tradition from my mom and make these most years as well.
Christmas Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
adapted from Allrecipes.com
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.