Southern Lemon Straws

In the south straws such as cheese straws tend to be very popular - while here in the north no one would probably even touch them at a party.  For Easter I am planning on having a "lemon luncheon", and since the food will be lemon themed I took time this weekend to try out a couple of recipes. So I took a spin on my traditional lemon cookie and combined it with the same concepts used to create cheese straws and the southern lemon straw was born. They are absolutely addicting!

Southern Lemon Straws
Ingredients 
• 1 cup butter
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 egg; beaten
• 2-5 tablespoons lemon juice (I used organic); depending on taste
• 1 teaspoon baking powder
• 1-2 tablespoon lemon zest; depending on taste
• 2.5 cups cake flour
• 3 ounces cream cheese; at room temperature
• a couple drops of yellow food color

Directions 
• Blend together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and cream until fluffy. Combine egg, lemon juice, lemon zest and yellow food coloring with the butter mixture and mix until well combined. Sift flour and baking powder together; add to creamed mixture. Mix until well blended. Cover dough and place in your refrigerator and allow to chill for at least 15 minutes.
• Using your cookie press force 2 inch ribbon strips onto a baking sheet.
• Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
• Place on a cooling rack and dust with powdered sugar. When cooled roll in powdered sugar. 

24 comments :

  1. You always make me so hungry. I would definitely eat these ( most likely all of them) - but cheese straws probably not so much.

    xx Emily

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  2. I tried cheese straws once...not a fan. These sound lighter and more yummy with the lemon and cream cheese. Maybe I'll be brave and try a batch. ;)

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  3. This sounds delightful. I love anything lemon! And as easy as these sound to prepare, I might just give this a try.

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  4. Oh these look so good-going to try. Lemons are almost ready on my trees and I'm ready to make lemon yogurt cake and curd! Funny, my post is on lemons today, but of another variety-check it out!

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  5. oooh those sound tasty! and right up this southern girls alley!!

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  6. i love anything with lemons in it!

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  7. I've never made these.. but now i really want to!

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  8. You always have the best cookie recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I tagged you in my post! http://classyinkc.blogspot.com/2012/01/tag-youre-it.html

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  10. Oooh, these sound so good! Lemon desserts are my favorite!

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  11. I live in the south and I have never actually had a cheese straw, haha. You are right, they do seemed to be served pretty often, but they were never really appealing to me. A lemon straw? That sounds awesome!

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  12. Those sound so good! Even though I'm from the south, I've never liked cheese straws. Lemon straws are right up my alley though! Your lemon luncheon sounds so fun. I love anything lemon!

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  13. I love how you combined the cheese straw idea with a lemon cookie - I bet these are so good! And I love your idea to have a lemon luncheon! Lemon anything is always so fresh-tasting.

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  14. YUM! I live in the South, and I love cheese straws! Every time my dad picks them up from a local grocery store, I can't get enough--they're delish!

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  15. These look tasty! I'd definitely give them a try!

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  16. Yummmm! I love lemon flavored cookies!

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  17. it looks so delicious! love it!

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  18. mmm I love lemons. true story: I eat lemons by themselves...with salt...impressive right

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  19. I love lemon deserts! These look absolutely delicious!

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  20. I love cheese straws haha! but these look addictive too.

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  21. How am I from Arkansas and have never heard of these???

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