On this, the 12th and final day of our 12 Days of Christmas Cookies, we have spritz cookies. Spritz cookies are a simple butter cookie, shaped using a cookie press. Their origins can be traced back to Germany and Scandinavia. Their name comes from the German word “spritzen”, which means to squirt because the dough is squirted or pressed through a cookie press to achieve their unique shapes.
Spritz cookies are eye-catching on any Christmas cookie tray. Not too sweet and perfectly buttery, these festive cookies are classic and nostalgic. They would be perfect for a party or for a cookie exchange.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until smooth, about 2 minutes. Ad egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix until combined. Scrape sides of bowl.
- On low speed, add the flour and salt. Increase speed to high and mix until completely incorporated.
- Following your cookie press manufacturer's directions, fit your cookie press with you desired decorative plate. Put some dough into the cookie press. Hold the cookie press perpendicular to the baking sheet and press out the cookies.
- Bake 7-9 minutes until lightly browned.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.