Cream Cheese Sugar Cookies

makes about 5 dozen

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup cream cheese, softened

2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon Lemon Extract

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

In mixer, cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add in eggs, vanilla, and lemon extract beating until smooth.

Mix in the flour, baking powder, and salt until incorporated.

Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight) to make rolling out simpler.

Preheat oven to 380 degrees F. Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter or by hand. Place cookies 1 inch apart on cookie sheets lined with parchment or a Silpat.

Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Allow to cool completely.

Decorate with Royal Icing, if desired.