This is it! Our 12th of 12 Christmas cookies! If ever there was a Christmas cookie, it’s definitely the Spritz. Spritz Cookies are so fun to make and the kids love using the cookie press! We like to add a little bit of food coloring to make green trees and wreathes. And you can add colorful sprinkles or drizzle them with chocolate to make them look extra special.
Spritz cookies contain almond extract which gives them a different/unique flavor from most of the other Christmas cookies we’re used to. I think that’s why I like them so much. It’s a super soft buttery cookie that practically melts in your mouth. At first glance, you think “look at all those cookies we just made!” But once you start eating them, they go fast! It might be wise to double up the recipe. 😉
These cookies absolutely have to be made using a cookie press. It’s the law. The name actually comes from the German word Spritzgeback which means “to squirt” which is appropriate since these delicious little cookies squirt right out of the cookie press. If you haven’t got a cookie press, go get one! You can actually find them at any baking store and they’re pretty inexpensive. Then you’ll have another tool you only drag out once a year. 🙃 But seriously, go get one so you can make these cookies!
To make the colored cookies, separate some of the dough and add a couple of drops of AmeriColor Food Gel. Mix until the color is combined.
My biggest tip is to use a silicone baking mat for these cookies. I prefer Silpat. This really helps the cookie dough stick to the mat when using the cookie press. Don’t try using parchment. The dough won’t stick and you’ll get frustrated.
The other tip is to use a cold pan. You can stick it in the fridge for 5 minutes before pressing the dough onto the cookie sheet. Don’t chill the dough though. It will become too difficult to press.
This recipe makes a lot of cookies, but they don’t spread much so you can fit several on one baking sheet. And they only take about 5-6 minutes to bake! Add sprinkles or sanding sugar before baking.
Once completely cooled, melt chocolate and use a spoon to drizzle over the cookies.
Spritz CookiesCourse: DessertDifficulty: Easy
Butter, softened 226g
Almond Extract 1 tsp
All Purpose Flour 300g
(2 1/4 cups)
Salt 1/2 tsp
Optional, red or green food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Place a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet.
- Beat the butter and sugar on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, scraping down the bottom and sides of the bowl every minute.
- Add the egg and almond extract and continue beating and scraping for 2 more minutes.
- Add the flour and salt and mix just until combined.
- If coloring some of the cookies, separate a portion of the dough and color with gel food coloring. You only need a couple of drops.
- Use the different plates on the cookie press to create different cookie designs.
- Add sprinkles and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just start to turn brown.
- 70 cookies seems like a lot, but they’re so small that they go quickly!