The Perfect Spritz Cookie Recipe

2131945050_3b9b4b3c30_zHey, friends!  As I mentioned the other day in my post on how to make fudge the super easy way, I’ll be sharing a few different cookie recipes during the month of December.  Today I’ll share our Spritz Cookie recipe.  Spritz cookies use a cookie press, but often times the way the spritz cookie recipe is composed makes the cookie dough stick onto the press, not coming off easily onto the cookie sheet.  This can make spritz cookies frustrating to make.  My dear old friend Val, however, shared with me years ago THE perfect spritz cookie recipe.

The Perfect Spritz Cookie

Not only does this cookie bake up crisp, yet moist, but in all the years I’ve been making it, I find it rarely sticks to the cookie press!  Something about the composition of the cookie makes it slide out of the press and stay on the cookie sheet easily, making the production of these cookies extra fun!   As far as cookie presses go, I use The Pampered Chef New Style Cookie Press with Disks  .  I haven’t ever used any other type of press, so I can’t vouch for the quality and ease of use there, but the Pampered Chef Cookie Press ROCKS.  It comes with several different disks with several different shapes.  The Christmas tree and the wreath are our family favorites, though, complete with green sugar and cinnamon hots placed at the top.

These cookies are definitely a hot commodity with the Frugal Farmer family.  Buttery and with just enough sweetness, they aim to please, and hit it every time.

Spritz Cookies

2 sticks, real unsalted butter, softened

1/2 c. Crisco

1 .25 c. white sugar

2 t. real almond flavoring

3 egg yolks

1 whole egg

1/2 t. salt

3.5 c. flour

green or red food coloring (optional, for if you want colored cookies)

sprinkles, colored sugar, cinnamon red hots

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Mix butter, Crisco, sugar, almond, eggs/egg yolks and salt until well blended. Add food coloring at this point (if you wish) and mix well.  Gradually mix in flour until well blended.   Using cookie press, press cookies onto baking sheet.  There’s no baking soda or powder used in this recipe, so you don’t need to leave a ton of room between cookies, but do leave some room.  Decorate as desired, with sprinkles, colored sugars and/or red hots. Bake for 6 or 7 minutes or until cookies are just beginning to become golden on the edges.

That’s it!  Your delicious cookies are now ready for the people in your world to enjoy, or for you to hide in the closet and hoard for yourself if you want. 😉

What’s your favorite Christmas Cookie type?

36 comments

  1. Those look and sound awesome Laurie! With my Mom visiting us this week she brought my favorite Christmas cookies and they promptly went in the freezer. No cookies for me this Christmas! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    My grandmother and mother used to make Christmas spritz cookies, but I’ve never tried (despite having a press). I’ll give this a shot!

  3. Kara says:

    I’m all about Christmas cookies right now! My #1 favorite is a sugar cookie with loads of frosting 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  4. Thanks for sharing this recipe Laurie!! I love making sugar cookies with my guys around the holiday. We typically do it the weekend before Christmas and save some of the cookies for Santa. It’s fun because it’s a tradition and I personally love it because sugar cookies are not my favorite, so I won’t eat a dozen myself. If we made chocolate chip, though, that’s a whole other story. 🙂

  5. Aaron says:

    Laurie, I’m not much of a spritz cookie guy – but these do look pretty good. I like the traditional Christmas cookie with the frosting!

    • Laurie says:

      DB40, you have to! Can you imagine the surprise look on her face when you hand her a plate of cookies? She’ll be thoroughly impressed. 🙂

  6. I don’t think I’ve ever tried spritz cookies before. I’m actually not a big fan of making cookies (although I don’t mind eating them) because they always seem more time-consuming. My Mom used to always make sugar cookies at Christmas, partly because I made such a big deal about leaving cookies for Santa Claus. My Mom always tried to convince me that he was full from all his other cookies (I think she didn’t want to eat them. Why she just didn’t put them away for later, I don’t know!) but I was adamant Santa needed sugar cookies! My personal favorite cookie remains buttery shortbread cookies.

    • Laurie says:

      That is so funny about Santa!! I don’t know about your mom, but putting cookies in the freezer never seems to work for me – I’m happy to gorge on them will they’re frozen too. 🙂

    • Laurie says:

      That’s awesome, Adam!!! We love biscuits around here. Can’t wait to see how she likes making cookies. They’re so much fun to bake.

  7. Last Sunday, I used your recipe spritz cookie and cooked it with my kids. I added some cinnamon into it and milk. It’s perfect and crunchy! Not only my kids loved it but also my neighbors. So I am planning to make some for my colleagues.

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