Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Posted by Rini
1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, divided (do not use vegetable oil spread)
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup apricot preserves
1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. In a bowl, microwave 1 stick of the butter on HIGH 45
seconds or until melted. Slice remaining butter into 1/2-inch pieces; add to
melted butter, tossing to coat. Let butter stand 2-3 minutes or until softened.
Whisk butter until smooth and free of lumps.
2. In a bowl, whisk cream cheese until smooth. Gradually add butter to cream
cheese, whisking until smooth. Combine flour and powdered sugar in large
colander bowl; add cream cheese mixture. Mix until well blended and smooth using
spoon. (Do not overmix.)
3. Fill cookie press with dough using a medium scoop. Fit press with disk #4,
making sure the number on the disk is facing outward, away from the dough. Press
dough onto flat baking stone 1 inch apart. Bake 18-20 minutes or until light
golden brown. Cool 3 minutes on baking stone; remove cookies to cooling rack.
Cool completely. Repeat with remaining dough.
4. Spread coconut in a single layer over bottom of small bar pan. Bake at 350ºF
for 10-15 minutes or until light golden brown; cool completely. Microwave
preserves in small bowl, uncovered, on HIGH 30 seconds or until melted; brush
over cookies using pastry brush. Sprinkle cookies generously with toasted
Yield: About 6 dozen cookies
Nutrients per serving: (1 cookie): Calories 70, Total Fat 4 g, Saturated Fat 2.5
g, Cholesterol 10 mg, Carbohydrate 8 g, Protein less than 1 g, Sodium 40 mg,
Fiber 0 g
Cook's Tip: If you have only one baking stone, press the remaining cookies onto
parchment paper, cut to the size of the baking stone. As you remove one batch of
cookies from the oven, unbaked cookies can be quickly placed onto the baking
stone and into the oven. This will save time as well as clean-up.
If desired, this recipe can be cut in half to yield approximately 3 dozen