Here’s an easy cookie to make using your cookie press. For decades now, my mom has made these treats. They’re great throughout the year, using candy colored sprinkles and any plate you choose. But at Christmas time, it’s the tree-shaped plate as well as stars.
Not comfortable using a cookie press? Just give it a few tries until you get the knack of it. The best thing about a cookie press is that you can’t really mess up. If you don’t like the way a cookie looks before baking, just scrape up the dough, put it back in the press and do it again.
Cream Cheese Cookies
1 cup shortening
3 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
1 extra large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of salt
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white beaten slightly with about 1 teaspoon water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream shortening and cream cheese for at least 1 minute. Add sugar and cream again until thoroughly incorporated. Add egg and mix. Add vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt, and mix. Slowly add flour, making sure all is blended well, and dough is solid, easy to mold into a log that will fit inside cookie press. If dough is too moist, add 1/8 teaspoon baking powder and more flour, up to ¼ cup. You do not want dough to get too stiff.
Press onto greased baking sheet about 1 inch apart. Brush tops with egg white mixture. Sprinkle with candy sprinkles.
Bake 8-10 minutes until a light golden color. Remove immediately to cookie rack. Let cool.
The amount of cookies will depend on the size of plate you use.
From Annaliese Griffin