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(photo from Taste of Home magazine)

Always on my Christmas tray, I love to bake these cookies and decorate them.

1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup sugar
1 (3 0z.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 egg yolk
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
2-1/4 cups unsifted flour
*Lemon Glaze (recipe follows)
sprinkles (optional)

Combine all ingredients except flour and lemon glaze; with mixer, beat until smooth. Beat in flour. Divide dough in half; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

On well-floured surface, knead one dough portion into a smooth ball. Roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into desired shapes and place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven 7 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Cool. Repeat with dough scraps and the remaining dough. Decorate with the Lemon Glaze and sprinkles. Store tightly covered.

*Lemon Glaze
With mixer, beat together 4 cups unsifted confectioners' sugar and 1/4 cup lemon juice. Divide glaze and tint with food colorings if desired.

Yield: about 5 dozen cookies

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