Monday, December 7, 2015

Spritzgebäck (Spritz) Cookies

I'm sure you recognize these buttery cookies usually called Spritz.  Also called  Spritzgebäck, they are festive little cookies that are popped out quickly using a cookie press. Decorate with colored sugars, dip in melted chocolate or tint the dough before pressing for tempting and pretty additions to your holiday cookie tray.
This is a different Spritz recipe than the one I have previously shared.  It uses confectioners' sugar and creates a nice dough that puffs a bit while baking.  Not overly sweet and perfect with a glass of cold milk or cup of hot chocolate.

Spritzgebäck is a type of German and Alsatian Christmas biscuit or Christmas cookie made of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. The cookies are crisp, fragile, somewhat dry, and buttery. The German verb spritzen means to squirt in English. As the name implies, these cookies are made by extruding, or "squirting," the dough with a press fitted with patterned holes (a cookie press) source

Spritzgebäck Christmas Biscuits

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Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Colored sugar and sprinkles, as desired to decorate

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°

In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.

Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2-inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle on colored sugars, if using.

Bake 6-8 minutes or until set but not brown. Remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Yield: about 7-1/2 dozen.

RECIPE NOTE: I have a Pampered Chef Cookie Press and the cookies are larger than other presses make so I got closer to 5 dozen.  I baked my cookies 12-14 minutes just until beginning to lightly brown.

8 comments:

Barbara F. said...

I also have the PC press. This is a keeper!

janice15 said...

Sound wonderful i have a cookie press thing sitting in a plastic bag o gosh i bought several years ago thrifting but never used it and i was just saying should i pas it on, guess ot lol going to make these thank you for sharing the recipe. With love Janice

Ann said...

I have an ancient cookie press that used to be my mothers. I pull it out every year to make spritz cookies. I'll have to give your recipe a try

podso said...

This brings a favorite memory of making cookies with my mom. She used a cookie press and I still have either hers or a similar one--the old copper colored metal one. I'm sure the pampered chef one is more user-friendly.

Lynn said...

Such pretty, happy little cookies:@)

Sharon - creativity and family said...

they look delicious, thanks for sharing, I have a cookie press so I shall have to give your recipe a try :-)

AndreaC said...

My you have a beautiful blog! I am glad Blueberry Cottage referenced you on her facebook. I printed off your cookie recipe and pulled out my cookie press, brushed off the dust from the box, and will be making these for Christmas! Andrea

Debby Ray said...

What beautiful little cookies. I have never made them myself but know many who do and have eaten them on many occasions...one of my absolute favorite Christmas cookie! Thanks for sharing your with us :)

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