Cream Cheese Cookies

Use the smallest holes of a grater to grate lemon rind; be careful not to get the bitter white flesh that's underneath the yellow skin.


Makes 4 1/2 to 5 dozen

Recipe from

Southern Living


1 cup butter, softened
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Stir together butter and cream cheese in a large bowl until smooth; stir in sugar and remaining ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake at 350° for 13 to 15 minutes or until light brown. Remove to wire racks to cool.

NOTE: For easier stirring, allow cream cheese to soften at room temperature for 30 minutes, or unwrap and microwave for 15 to 20 seconds at HIGH.

Cream Cheese-Chocolate Chip Cookies: Omit lemon rind, and add 1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels. Bake as directed.