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Title: Spritz 1
Categories: Cookies, Desserts
Yield: 72 Servings
1 c Butter-flavored shortening
3 oz Cream cheese
1 c White sugar
1 Egg yolk
1 ts Vanilla extract
1 ts Lemon zest
2 1/2 c All-purpose flour, sifted
1/2 ts Salt
1/4 ts Cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C ).
In a medium bowl, cream together shortening, cream cheese, and sugar.
Beat in egg yolk, vanilla, and orange zest. Continue creaming until light
and fluffy. Gradually stir in flour, salt, and cinnamon. Fill the cookie
press, and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from cookie sheet,
and cool on wire racks.
Nutritional info (per cookie): Calories 59; Protein 0; Total fat 4 g; Sodium 20 mg;
Cholesterol 4 mg; Carbohydrates 6 g; Fiber 0;
Found on AllRecipes.com, and slightly modified.
YES , yes, I know, suggesting the use of 'butter-flavored shortening' would cause a stroke in a Gourmet magazine editor. Nonetheless, these cookies are good, and got very positive reviews when I brought them in to work. The original recipe called for orange zest rather than lemon, which I tried, but both my co-workers and I slightly preferred the lemon version. Still, the orange is very good too. I also tried putting a Hershey 'mini-kiss' in the center of each one, which was also good. Some people really liked these, but I wasn't crazy about how the chocolate taste blended with the orange flavor. YMMV.
BTW, these, like all spritz-type cookies, are basically a shortbread. Some people just don't seem to like shortbread, they think it tastes too 'floury'. If you're one of these, you probably won't like these either. Me, I love a good shortbread.
Directions for future research:
1. Replacing butter-flavored shortening with real butter. If you do this, the product is likely to be somewhat different in texture, as butter has a lot more water content than shortening. You could use clarified butter, of course, which is a bit more trouble to prepare, but which would approximate the low water content of shortening. I may try this in the future.
2. Let the dough rest in the fridge overnight. Cookie doughs with lemon zest flavoring seem to pick up more of the flavor when they are refrigerated for 24 hours before being baked.