My grandmother, who we called Nanny, made these each year for Christmas. She would usually triple this recipe at one time because we would eat so many of these. Each family member had their own preferred topping. Some favorites were cinnamon sugar, chocolate jimmies, nonpareils, and star sprinkles. My favorite was always colored sanding sugar because it was so festive. My father who notoriously dislikes cream cheese, loves these cookies. They are so light and delicate. It's not Christmas without them! I have fond memories of juggling cookie sheets with my Nanny and cousin as we cranked out several dozen before family arrived for Christmas dinner. For over 20 years I've made them with my grandmother, and on my own, keeping the tradition alive. While some traditions have changed as our family has grown through the years, the cream cheese cookies never do.
1. Cream the shortening, cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat well.
2. Then add flour.
3. Let it chill in fridge for about 1 hour.
4. Use cookie press to press cookies onto ungreased baking sheet.
5. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes until edges are golden.