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Easy Christmas Spritz Cookies

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Christmas spritz cookies

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Christmas Spritz Cookies are a soft buttery, sweetened with sprinkles, Christmas cookie.  Spritz cookies are at traditional simple butter cookies from Scandinavia & German countries. The word spritz comes from the German work Spritzen which means “to squirt”. Spritz cookies are made by using a cookie press, that squirts out the cookie. I have tried 3 different ones and the electric cookie press that plugs in has lasted the longest and works the best.

The electric one I from Wolfgang Puck at HSN is no longer on their site, but he has a new version that you can find here.  I have not tried it but the video looks like it works well.

Christmas Spritz Cookies

The easy spritz cookie that I have been making is a traditional German recipe from my best friend’s mom, Inga Schultz. Each Christmas I loved spending the day with Mrs. Schultz making her spritz cookies. She used an old hand crank press. She was so kind as to allow me to write down the recipe to pass on to my family.

Christmas Spritz Cookies

Tips For The Perfect Buttery Spritz Cookie

  • Cream the butter & sugar for at least 5 to 7 minutes
  • Add the flour by hand a little at a time.
  • Do not butter or spray oil the cookie sheet, you need the pressed dough to stick to the pan to form the shape. Chill your baking pan for 15 minutes in the fridge as the dough sticks to the pan better when the pans are chilled.
  • Use a cool cookie sheet each time (Click Here for Extra Cookie Sheets)
  • Clean off the cookie sheets after each baking.
  • Chill dough for about 15 minutes.
  • Do not over chill the dough or it will be too hard.
  • Do not let it get too soft or it will not hold up as the shape desired.
  • Do not over handle the dough.
  • Pack the dough firmly in the press cylinder.
  • Hold the press upright & set it on the baking tray to make the cookies.
  • Press the button on the press until you feel some pushback, continue to press and lift up and release the button.

This process does take practice but it is very easy.  Remember you can always remove the dough from your cookie sheet and put it back in the press.

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Storing Christmas Spritz Cookies

Cooled cookies can be stored in a cookies jar or plastic airtight container for up to a week. I also put a saltine cracker in the container.  The cracker absorbs any water that is in the air and keeps the cookie fresher longer.  Spritz cookies are also perfect to freeze to save for later if you make them early in the month.  The cookie dough can be refrigerated for a few days, the dough will have to be set out to warm up to room temperature, as it needs to be the correct consistency for the cookie press.

Christmas Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookie Decorating

  • Plan
  • Sprinkles
  • Sanding Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar Milk drizzle glaze
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Christmas Spritz Cookies

Easy Christmas Spritz Cookies

A soft butter cookie that you use a Cookie Press. I have found that the ones that plug are better than the battery operated ones.

  • Total Time: 3 minute

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 1 Stick of Butter, softened
  • 1 Stick of Margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • pinch of Salt
  • 3 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 heaping teaspoon Baking Powder
  • optional food coloring

 

Instructions

  1. Put softened butter & Margarine in a mixer and fluff up.
  2. Next, add the sugar 1/2 cup at a time alternating with the eggs.
  3. Add Vanilla.
  4. Mix the Flour, Salt & baking powder
  5. Add by hand the Flour mixture to the Butter mixture a little at a time.
  6. Do not overwork.
  7. Chill the dough for about 15 minutes.
  8. Load your Cookie Press per the instructions.
  9. Chill your baking pan for 15 minutes in the fridge as the dough sticks to the pan better when the pans are chilled.
  10. If the dough is too soft, chill a little more, if too stiff let the dough sit out.
  11. Press the cookies onto an ungreased Cookie Sheet.
  12. Add any sprinkles or sanding sugar at this time.
  13. Bake at 350° for 10 to 15 minutes.

Notes

  • Chill your baking pan for 15 minutes in the fridge as the dough sticks to the pan better when the pans are chilled.
  • The cookies are beautiful just the natural color with sprinkles. But you can color the dough red or green.  
  • Author: Mrs. Inga Schultz
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10-15
  • Category: Cookie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: German

Keywords: Spritz Cookie

Merry Christmas,

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3 Comments

  1. I always love buttery cookies on Christmas. This is an awesome post. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your colorful cookies are very festive! I make tons of spritz and am always looking at different presses. You mention and electric one, but the link doesn’t pull up an electric one, what brand are you using?
    Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving:@)

    1. I have a Wolfgang Puck Electric Cookie Press. I purchased it on HSN. I could not find a link to it. If I find it I will send you the link, I use to use the Easy press that is battery operated, It works well but using a lot of batteries.

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