Thursday, April 5, 2012

Cream Cheese Spritz with Coconut and Lime

Hey everyone! I'm still on a mission to encourage folks to use their spritz cookie press year round! I saved this recipe from bloggy buddy Kitty at the holidays. She adds orange zest, I used lime zest, why? Say it with me now... "cause that's what I had on hand". Right. Added coconut extract because it's a flavor I associate with Easter, and used the spring colored decorations.
This is a beautiful dough for the press! I think the best way to describe the perfect dough is, it should feel like fresh soft Play Dough. I didn't see a baking temp so made one batch at 375 for about 10-11 minutes and one at 400 for about 8 minutes. 375 got brown around the edges, I would use 400 next time-and I will be making this dough again! *Kitty let me know she uses 350 for 10 minutes-thanks!

Cream Cheese Spritz with Citrus Zest
1 C shortening or butter, softened-I used shortening
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 C sugar
1 tsp orange zest-I just grated 2 small limes into it
1 egg yolk
1 tsp vanilla-I used 1/2 tsp each vanilla and coconut extract
2 1/2 C A/P flour, sifted
1/2 tsp salt-I didn't use
1/4 tsp cinnamon-I didn't use
  1. Cream shortening (or butter), cream cheese, sugar and zest well. If using food coloring gel, add it now. I like to add the zest now, mixing it with the sugar helps give off the oils making the dough more flavorful.
  2. Mix in egg and extract.
  3. Mix in flour and spices (if using).
  4. Fill press, form cookies on ungreased, not non-stick cookie sheet and decorate as desired.
  5. Bake at 400 for approx 8 minutes-or till done. *Please note, everyone's oven is different and cookies can be fussy. I highly recommend taking the extra 15 minutes and making 3-4 "test" cookies. It will  help determine how long they need to bake and save you from wasting a whole tray. Do I sound like I've done that once or twice???
This is the press I'm currently using, I got it at Marshalls/HomeGoods/TJ Maxx.

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18 comments:

  1. You don't have to convince me... I use my press often because I love the taste of these cookies and the ease and pretty shapes are so fun.

    The batch I just made are, sadly already all gone! I may have had one or two or.... too many

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  2. I've made many, many cookies but never spritz. Friends bring them at Christmas and we love them. I've never owned a cookie press. I'm tempted to remedy that.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. Fun green cookies! Should have had these on your St. Patty's Day post. They're delightful.

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  4. These turned out so cute and I love the idea of coconut with citrus, lime is a nice choice. Thanks so much for sharing at our party this week.

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  5. Never used a cookie press. Never really thought about it since I only make cookies at Christmas (yes I am a big cookie meanie, thank you for noticing)but it might be fun to try!

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  6. I think I just might have to keep my eyes open for a cookie press. It's been years since I made Spritz cookies but I do love them! You always have the best recipes! Hugs, Linda

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  7. I LOVE spritz cookies and used to make them when my boys were growing up...I had a VERY OLD PRESS...You cookies look DELICIOUS and I LOVE the look of your press. It seems to have some WONDERFUL PATTERNS TOO for the cookies. Does it come with all the ones pictured on the box???Is it electric or manual???
    Happy EASTER LYNN!
    Big Hugs to you,
    Donna

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  8. Your blog is fattening, but I still just LOVE,LOVE,LOVE IT! LOL
    Have a Happy Easter!
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

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  9. Spritz cookies are the best! I love these cheesy and citrus flavored ones for spring.

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  10. What beautiful, yummy looking cookies with my favorite flavors. Have a happy Easter Lynn!

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  11. Lime anything gets my attention. These are such cute little green wreath cookies : )

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  12. Lynn~ Why don't I have a cookie press?! Your recipe sounds delicious with the cream cheese and citrus! Love using what you have on hand~ Happy Easter :)

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  13. Thanks for the shout-out, Lynn! I love spritz, too. Can you believe that I still haven't used my pizzelle maker??? Happy Easter to you!

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  14. I thing I'm going to have to make these treats. I love lime, love it so I'll try it with the lime first. I love the green color of these, looks pretty. Great share.
    Happy Easter.

    ~Emily
    the French Hutch

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  15. Thanks for letting me know about the temp! I corrected the recipe. On my Mirro pamphlet, it's in a teeny spot at the top right. Thanks, my blogging friend! xoxox

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  16. My cookie press is long gone, but they are still one of my favorite cookies. Love the way you have decorated them, Lynn.

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  17. Lynn,
    These cookies are so pretty, I need to be reminded to dig my cookie press out of the drawer. Hope you have a fabulous week end celebration and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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  18. Looks like I need a cookie press.:)

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