Apricot Cream Cheese Thumbprints Recipe

Ingredients
<br>- 1 ½ cups butter, softened
<br>- 1 ½ cups white sugar
<br>- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
<br>- 2  eggs
<br>- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
<br>- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
<br>- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
<br>- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
<br>- 1 cup apricot preserves
<br>- ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar for decoration
<br><p></p>Directions
<br>step 1: In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the cream cheese mixture until just combined. Cover, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
<br>step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and place them 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using your finger, make an indention in the center of each ball, and fill with 1/2 teaspoon of apricot preserves.
<br>step 3: Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.
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Ingredients
- 1 ½ cups butter, softened
- 1 ½ cups white sugar
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 ½ teaspoons lemon zest
- 4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup apricot preserves
- ⅓ cup confectioners' sugar for decoration

Directions
step 1: In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and cream cheese until smooth. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir into the cream cheese mixture until just combined. Cover, and chill until firm, about 1 hour.
step 2: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls, and place them 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Using your finger, make an indention in the center of each ball, and fill with 1/2 teaspoon of apricot preserves.
step 3: Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are golden. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar.

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