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12 Days of Cookies: Orange Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

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Orange Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

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Ingredients 

1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel or lemon peel
2/3 cup butter, softened
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
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Directions

In a small bowl combine sugar and orange peel. Press the peel into the sugar with the back of a spoon until the sugar is fragrant and begins to turn orange; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl beat butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar mixture, baking powder, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in milk and vanilla until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour. Divide dough in half. Cover and chill about 1 hour or until dough is easy to handle.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. On a lightly floured surface, roll one portion of dough at a time until 1/8 inch thick. Using 2 1/2-inch cookie cutters, cut dough into desired shapes. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake for 7 to 9 minutes or until tops are set. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

Recipe Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens