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December 8, 2013

TRIED 'N' TRUE: Tea party cookies, lemon and orange

When you get done with these cookies, you will have two different flavors. Our grandkids loved to make the balls and roll them in powered sugar. I can’t remember when I first got this recipe, but it has to have been at least 40 years ago. I used to make a double recipe in winter to have for the fields the following year. I’d put two dozen cookies in the freezer. We also had this for Christmas. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family did.

Baby Doll Tea Party Cookies

1 cup butter (softened)

1 3-ounce cream cheese (softened)

1 cup sugar

• Cream together until fluffy and add

1 beaten egg yolk

1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla

• Slowly stir in 2 1⁄2 cups flour

• Divide dough in half. Into one half of dough, mix in zest of one orange and 1⁄2 teaspoon orange extract.

• Into the other, mix in the zest of one lemon and the juice of 1⁄2 lemon. Roll into balls.

• Bake 325 degrees for 15 minutes. Cookies should be pale. Let cool and roll in powered sugar.

Jackie Lindley is a great-grandmother and retired Clark County, Ill., farmer. Send comments and recipes to her at 20472 E. 500th Road, West Union, IL 62477.

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