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Zesty Lemon Cream Cheese Cookies

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2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large egg, room temperature
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tablespoon milk
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice

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In a large bowl or mixer, cream together butter and cream cheese until smooth, then mix in sugar and beat until creamy.

Mix in egg, then vanilla extract, and beat until fluffy and lightened in color. 5-6 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, lemon zest, cornstarch, baking soda and salt.
Alternate between adding the flour mixture and the lemon juice to the cream cheese mixture, beginning and ending with the dry ingredients.

Mix until a rough dough comes together. If needed, add a little more flour so dough isn’t sticky.
Wrap dough in plastic wrap, then refrigerate for 1-2 hours, or until chilled.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350º F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper, and use a tablespoon or ice cream scoop to scoop cookie dough. Roll dough between your hands to create balls, then transfer to lined baking sheets.
Place baking sheets in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until edges are just starting to brown and pull away from baking sheet.


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