My mom has made Spritz Cookies every Christmas for as long as I can remember, so they are one of our family’s favorites. Mom usually makes red (pink) poinsettia flowers and green trees and wreaths—simple yet beautiful and delicious. Since my mom lives across the country form us, we won’t be seeing her this year for Christmas. We were very fortunate to spend the last two Christmases at her house, but this year we will be celebrating at home with just with our immediate family. We will enjoy these cookies and think of mom.
Spritz cookies are made with a cookie press. I have owned two cookie presses--both of which left me very frustrated when I made spritz cookies. What should be a quick and easy method never ended up that way. I was very excited when Vicki from At Home with Vicki Bensinger emailed me to let me know that I won the Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press and Decorating Set that she was giving away on her blog as part of her Virtual Cookie Swap. I have to say that I love this cookie press! The cookies come out perfect with every click of the press—just like my mom’s! The kit also comes with decorating tools which I haven’t used yet, but look forward to trying out soon. And, the entire kit stores in the included plastic case so nothing gets lost or damaged! Thank you Vicki and Kuhn Rikon!
And speaking of giveaways—the one year anniversary of my blog is in January, so I will be hosting my own giveaway soon!
Classic Spritz Cookies
A Christmas tradition--tender, flavorful pressed cookies.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
- food coloring, if desired
- colored sugar and sprinkles, if desired
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.3. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract (or vanilla), and food coloring (if desired). 4. Place dough into a cookie press and press out in desired shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet. 5. If desired, decorate cookies with colored sugar or sprinkles.6. Bake for 5 - 8 minutes or just until cookies are set, but not yet brown.7. Transfer cookies immediately from pan to a cooling rack.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: approximately 7 dozen