Cardamon Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

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I inherited my mom’s cookie press and it’s original recipe book decades ago.  I’ve since had to replace the press — twice, in fact* —  but have preserved the book.   I’ve adapted the “Snowflake” recipe by adding the cardamon and the green food coloring.  My kids loved making these cookies when they were young and still love eating them — we all do! These are a must for the cookie tray.  

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Cardamon Cream Cheese Christmas Cookies

1 C Shortening or Butter (I use 1/2 and 1/2)
1 3-ounce package cream cheese
1 C. Sugar
1 Egg Yolk
1 tsp. Vanilla
1 tsp. Grated Orange Rind
1 -2 tsp. Green Food Coloring
2 1/2 Cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 heaping tsp. Cardamon
1/4 tsp. Cinnamon

Decorating nonpareil (sprinkles)

Cream shortening/butter, cream cheese, and sugar.  Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, orange rind and green food coloring.  Gradually blend in flour, salt and cinnamon, which have been sifted together. Fill cookie press and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle each cookie with nonpareil.  Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Remove at once to cooling racks.

* I am now using the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II — my only gripe is that the tube that holds the dough isn’t very large, so it requires frequent “reloading.”

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