I have wanted to make these for a few years now and this year I finally did. I found the recipe on allrecipes.com again. It is an easy to make cookie. The only change I made was that I used lemon zest instead of orange zest because I did not have any oranges in the house. They make nice and buttery cookies.
adapted from allrecipes (http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Butter-Snow-Flakes/Detail.aspx )
Makes 6 dozen small cookies
- 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
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
Preheat oven to 350 F.
Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, mix the softened butter and cream cheese and beat until light and fluffy. Add the sugar, egg yolk and beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and lemon (or orange) zest. Gradually add in the flour mixture a little at a time. Mix until combined.
Load your cookie press and press the cookies (one trigger pull per cookie) onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Have the kids decorate them with sprinkles. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes until golden along the edges. Do not overbake them. Remove them from the oven and cool the cookies removing them onto a wire rack. Freeze for later use, or place in an air tight cookie tin for a few days.
As for cookie presses. I really like the one I purchased at Williams Sonoma (it had metal cookie shaped disks and a stainless look press)