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lemon cream cheese delights

★★★★★ 6
a recipe by
Noelle Myers
Grand Forks, ND

I love a good lemon cookie. I came up with this after several years of trying to create a good lemony shortbread style cookie. It is now one of our favorites to have around the holidays. They are also good with tea on a cold winter afternoon.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Soft and chewy with a nice natural lemon flavor, these are the perfect lemony cookie. Fresh lemon juice and zest make the perfect lemon flavor. The cream cheese, it makes the cookies cake-like (similar to a ricotta cookie). Sprinkling powdered sugar over the cookies is the perfect topping. These remind us of an old-fashioned lemon drop candy in cookie form. Noelle's cookie is great for Christmas, but with its fresh flavor would be lovely year around.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 6
serves 3 doz
prep time 20 Min
cook time 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For lemon cream cheese delights

  • 1 c
    butter, room temperature
  • 3 oz
    cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 c
  • 1 lg
  • 3 tsp
    lemon zest, grated
  • 3 Tbsp
    lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp
    baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp
  • 2 3/4 c
    all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp
    sour cream
  • 2/3 c
    powdered sugar

How To Make lemon cream cheese delights

Test Kitchen Tips
In the Test Kitchen, we used a small cookie scoop when forming the balls to ensure the cookies were equal in size. If you find the dough too sticky, chill it in the fridge for a little bit before forming it into balls. Also, these cookies bake at a high temperature for cookies so, since every oven is different, watch them closely.
  • Creaming cream cheese, butter, and sugar together.
    Pre-heat 375° F. Cream together cream cheese, butter, and sugar.
  • Egg, lemon zest, and lemon juice added to the bowl.
    Add egg, lemon zest and lemon juice. Mix well.
  • Sifting together dry ingredients.
    Sift together baking powder, salt, and flour.
  • Slowly adding flour to the butter mixture.
    Mix flour mixture into butter mixture. Dough will be very dry.
  • Mixing in sour cream.
    Beat in sour cream. Dough will be stiff still, but moist.
  • Scooping out the dough.
    Form dough into one inch balls. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet, about one inch apart.
  • Slightly flattening the dough.
    Flatten slightly.
  • Baked cookies cooling.
    Bake at 375° F for 8-10 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  • Dusting cookies with powdered sugar.
    Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Delight with a bite taken out of a cookie.
    To store, place in an airtight container, separating layers with wax paper. Will store for about 3 days on the counter or freeze for up to 3 months.