Sunday, December 6, 2009

12 Days of Christmas - Snowflake Cookies

This recipe came with the cookie press my mom had when we were kids. We made them at other times of the year but especially at Christmas...the Christmas tree with green colored sugar, the pointsettia with red sugar, the camel, the star, doggies and butterflies if we didn't run out of dough. Today we just buy jars of colored "sprinkles" but in my day we put a cup of white sugar in a bowl and added a few drops of food coloring and mashed with a fork until the sugar took on color...usually much paler that what's available today in little bottles.

Snowflake Cookies

1 C shortening (Crisco)
3 oz pkg. of cream cheese...I don't think they make 3 oz. pkgs any more...just double or triple the recipe and use a whole 8 oz. pkg.
1 C white sugar
1 egg yolk
1 t vanilla
1 t orange zest
2 1/2 C flour
1/2 t salt
1/4 t cinnamon

Cream shortening, cream cheese, sugar and egg; add flavorings and dry ingredients. For in cookie press on ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugar. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. (You can also color the dought if you want the whole cookie to be colored)

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