Spritz Butter Cookies

Spritz Butter Cookies are a family tradition for the holidays and they are always so perfect with a great texture and lots of buttery flavor.

Old Fashioned Spritz Butter Cookies in Different Colors

These are classic Spritz Butter Cookies, all butter and almond and such a sweet reminder of years of holiday baking. Made using what is called a Cookie Press, they can take a variety of shapes and colors and are a fun family activity too.

Although I have another post on this blog about the importance of making Pecan Butter Ball Cookies every Christmas season, these are not far behind. My mother and I used to make these by the hundreds it seemed!

Old Fashioned Spritz Butter Cookies Piled in a Holiday Tin

With my dad’s family and his four siblings and my mom’s with two brothers and a sister and all of their many kids, Christmas gift shopping was out of the question…for everyone; we had six kids in our family! So there a lot of homemade goodies and everyone knew they could count on us gifting them with a big plate of these buttery treats. Not a soul ever complained!

Old Fashioned Spritz Butter Sandwich Cookies with Chocolate

Varieties really are limitless; I loved these cookies that I saw on Epicurious.com for plain cookies sandwiched together with chocolate; they are now on my list!

I now have three cookie presses but must admit I’m glad I made the purchase I did this year when I bought an Electric Model by Cuisinart (affiliate link). The effort on your hands and wrists starts to take a toll when you’re pressing 20 dozen cookies…now I’m just depressing a button and I love it.

It took some getting used to but once I got a feel for the machine they were a piece of cake (or should I be referring to this as a piece of cookie?!!). I would recommend it to those of you both new to Spritz and those using an older hand press model. It’s a nice step up from the standard.

Maybe it’s time for you to start a new tradition too?

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Old Fashioned Spritz Butter Cookies in Different Colors
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Spritz Butter Cookies

Great holiday or party cookies. Buttery and festive shapes.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Cookies, Brownies and Bars
Servings: 6 dozen cookies
Calories: 124kcal
Author: Creative Culinary

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 pound 4 sticks unsalted butter cubed and at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure almond extract
  • 1 large egg

Instructions

  • reheat oven to 350°F.
  • Put the flour and salt into a small mixing bowl. Whisk to combine; reserve.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the butter and the sugar. Beat with mixer until light and creamy. Add the vanilla and egg; mix until combined. Add the reserved dry ingredients and mix on low, until just combined.
  • Fit the your Cookie Press with desired disc. Load the cookie dough into your press according to directions. Press cookies out onto an ungreased/unlined baking pan, about 2 inches apart. Decorate if desired with candy sprinkles or bake, cool and frost.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden around the edges.
  • Cool cookies before removing from pan.

Notes

I have 6 cookie sheets and always fill all six of my cookie trays and then put the ones not being baked in the fridge; it keeps me from spending a lot of time on stop and go.

Nutrition

Serving: 1grams | Calories: 124kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g

 

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5 Comments

  1. Hi, Barbara! Does this recipe work in Denver as written? I’m debating making a batch of my own, but I don’t want them to melt into little butter puddles. 🙂

  2. The key to making these cookies is in the butter.  It can't be melted or too soft. 
    I like to divide/ add food coloring to the batches.  
    My kids like the green spritz wreath with a red hot. We vote each year for the best one.

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