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Sweet Cream Cheese Dough

Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 dough circle)
Packing the dough into a measuring cup helps the dough come together without overworking. Because this dough is significantly lower in fat than most sweet pastry doughs, ensure even browning by freezing the assembled pies for a half-hour before baking. Be sure to bake the pies on the bottom rack of the oven.


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chilled butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) chilled 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 138
  • caloriesfromfat 33 %
  • fat 5.1 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 2.7 g
  • carbohydrate 20.3 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 14 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 81 mg
  • calcium 14 mg

How to Make It

  1. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor; pulse 3 times or until combined. Add chilled butter, cream cheese, and cider vinegar; pulse 4 times. Add ice water through food chute, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing just until combined (do not form a ball). (Mixture may appear crumbly but will stick together when pressed between fingers.)

  2. Place half of dough into a 1-cup measuring cup, pressing to compact dough. Remove dough from cup, and form into a ball. Divide ball into 6 equal portions. Repeat procedure with remaining dough. Cover and chill 15 minutes.

  3. Place each dough portion between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Roll each dough portion, still covered, into a 5-inch circle; chill until ready to use.