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Classic Spritz Cookies

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Classic Spritz Cookies
  • Prep 1 hr 5 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 72

These delicate, crisp cookies have a rich, buttery flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more. MORE+ LESS-

August 20, 2018

Ingredients

1
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup sugar
2 1/4
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt
1
egg
1/4
teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
Food color, if desired
Currants, raisins, candies, colored sugar, finely chopped nuts, candied fruit or fruit peel, if desired

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 400ºF. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract and a few drops of food color.
  • 2
    Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with currants.
  • 3
    Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.

Expert Tips

  • The name spritz comes from the German word spritzen, meaning "to squirt" because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs.
  • Butter is responsible for the tender, rich texture and flavor of these incredible cookies. Margarine would not work nearly as well. For these cookies, stick with butter!
  • Chocolate Spritz: Stir 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled, into the butter-sugar mixture.
    Holiday Spritz: Substitute rum extract for the almond extract or vanilla; tint dough with appropriate food colors. After baking, glaze cooled cookies with Butter-Rum Glaze: Melt 1/4 cup butter or margaine over low heat; 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 if desired.
    Spice Spritz: Stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice with the flour.
  • To ensure recipe success, do not use self-rising flour in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
45
Calories from Fat
25
% Daily Value
Total Fat
3 g
Saturated Fat
2 g
Cholesterol
10 mg
Sodium
25 mg
Potassium
5 mg
Total Carbohydrate
4 g
Dietary Fiber
0g
Protein
1 g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
2%
2%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Spritz cookies are a holiday classic that need to be on your next Christmas cookie tray. Butter is what gives these cookies their tender texture and rich flavor and should not be substituted. As long as you stick with butter, there are plenty of ways to improvise on this basic recipe to make the spritz cookies of your dreams. For a chocolate spritz cookie, stir in unsweetened baking cocoa to the butter-sugar mixture. Give it a try with this chocolate spritz recipe. For eggnog spritz cookies, stir in rum extract and nutmeg. For more decoration ideas and tips, check out our cookie cheat sheet.

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