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Classic Spritz Cookies

classic spritz cookies Dessert
Classic Spritz Cookies
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 1 hr 5 min
  • Ingredients 7
  • Servings 60

These delightful cookies can be made in various colors for any holiday or occasion - ready in about an hour. Perfect dessert for any party! MORE+ LESS-

July 26, 2018

Ingredients

1
cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2
cup sugar
1
egg
2 1/2
cups all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
Few drops of food color, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400º. Beat butter, sugar and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients.
  • 2
    Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet.
  • 3
    Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack; cool completely.

Expert Tips

  • Stir 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled, into butter-sugar mixture. Omit food color.
  • Substitute rum extract for the almond extract. Tint dough with food colors. After baking, spread cooled cookies with Butter Rum Glaze: Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine in 1-quart saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon rum extract. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water until glaze is spreadable. Tint glaze with food color to match cookies.
  • Stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice with the flour.
  • Before baking spruce up your Spritz with: • Currants, raisins, small candies, chopped nuts, slices of candied fruits or candied fruit peels arranged in festive patterns. After baking decorate with: • Edible glitter, colored sugar, nonpareils, red cinnamon candies or finely chopped nuts. A drop of corn syrup will hold the decorations in place nicely.
  • Before baking spruce up your Spritz with: • Currants, raisins, small candies, chopped nuts, slices of candied fruits or candied fruit peels arranged in festive patterns. After baking decorate with: • Edible glitter, colored sugar, nonpareils, red cinnamon candies or finely chopped nuts. A drop of corn syrup will hold the decorations in place nicely.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cookie
Calories
50
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3g
Saturated Fat
2g
Cholesterol
10mg
Sodium
30mg
Total Carbohydrate
5g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
1g
% Daily Value*:
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • The original spritz cookies were a type of German Christmas cookie—called Spritzgeback—made of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. The word “spritz” comes from the German word spritzen, which means “to squirt.” Using a cookie press, you press out the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet in whatever decorating tip you choose. Spritz cookies can be made anytime throughout the year. In fact, this recipe is highly customizable to your own tastes. Want more of a chocolate twist? Substitute two ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate (melted and cooled) into the butter-sugar mixture. Before baking, you can add a wide variety of chopped nuts, small candies or fruit slices depending on your flavor preference. Now that you’ve mastered spritz cookies, time to explore more cookie recipes! Ever wonder what the difference is between drop cookies and rolled cookies? We’ve got that answer and more in our cookie article.

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