A sweet, cheery little cookie that will stand out on your cookie plate.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
15 mins
total:
45 mins
Servings:
60
Yield:
5 dozen cookies
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Ingredients

60
Original recipe yields 60 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

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  • Beat butter and cream cheese together in a bowl. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk, lemon peel, and lemon extract and beat well.

  • Sift flour and salt together in a bowl. Add to the bowl with the butter mixture in 3 additions, mixing well after each. Add food coloring and mix in thoroughly.

  • Press cookies 1 inch apart onto the prepared baking sheet using a cookie press fitted with a flower disc. Press 1 red hot cinnamon candy into the center of each cookie.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until just starting to turn golden brown on the edges, 14 to 16 minutes; do not overbake.

  • Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts

41 calories; protein 0.5g 1% DV; carbohydrates 4.8g 2% DV; fat 2.1g 3% DV; cholesterol 9mg 3% DV; sodium 24.1mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
These were delicious!!! I saw no reviews or stars on it and happy to be the first one since all three words of this recipe are my favorite! I sub the white sugar for confectionares sugar at same quantity and came out perfect. I didn t have molds to make flower cookies so I made them little balls at first. Soon I discovered that cream cheese doesn t expand and the cookies stayed balls. So next batch I flattened out the balls and looked like cookies. I did this recipe as prescribed and made 1 balls and got about 5 dozen. I added green food coloring too since I am giving them for Christmas. I planned to add sprinkles at the end but dough too hard or well baked to allow for sprinkles. Cookies taste like an actual lemon cheesecake! Nom-nom-nom-nom?? delicious!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2018
These were delicious!!! I saw no reviews or stars on it and happy to be the first one since all three words of this recipe are my favorite! I sub the white sugar for confectionares sugar at same quantity and came out perfect. I didn t have molds to make flower cookies so I made them little balls at first. Soon I discovered that cream cheese doesn t expand and the cookies stayed balls. So next batch I flattened out the balls and looked like cookies. I did this recipe as prescribed and made 1 balls and got about 5 dozen. I added green food coloring too since I am giving them for Christmas. I planned to add sprinkles at the end but dough too hard or well baked to allow for sprinkles. Cookies taste like an actual lemon cheesecake! Nom-nom-nom-nom?? delicious!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2019
ilove it but who would keep cinnamon red hot candy from the 60's Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/27/2020
I had fresh lemons and I had Philadelphia cream cheese Found the recipe and made some great cookies. Made 18 cookies. Did not have any cherries. But it's all good. I had to smash my cookies down.. Read More
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