Welcome in the holiday season with a batch of festive cream cheese spritz cookies! This spritz cookie recipe incorporates the sweet and tangy flavor of cream cheese with the buttery texture of the traditional spritz cookie for an absolutely delicious treat. Whether you dress them up with sprinkles and food coloring or leave them as they are, these cookies are a true Christmas classic.
In a large bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese together with an electric mixer on medium speed. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, vanilla extract, and lemon zest, and mix well.
Gradually add flour to the butter mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough. Do not chill the dough.
Fill cookie press with dough and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets. Cookies may be sprinkled with sparkling sugar, nonpareils, or jimmies sprinkles before baking.
Bake for 8 - 11 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown. Cool the cookies on the pan on a cooling grid for 2 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on a cooling grid.