Welcome back from a great weekend! I didn’t bake once, so today, I am excited and renewed to share this classic cookie with you: the Spritz cookie.
I had always admired the classic Christmas-ness of this little fragile cookie: In a pretty petite package, with just enough sweet and crisp, it is not show-offy or overly done. It is an understated little cookie that if it was a person, I’d probably like a lot!
Now to make these, you need a cookie press like this:
Cookie press from Pampered Chef
If you don’t have one, just bookmark this recipe for later, and ask Santa or the Hanukah-guy to grant your next present request! I got mine from Pampered Chef years ago, and it is a cinch to use and clean. It has lots of little patterns to use like a butterfly, pumpkin, or basic shapes, but for today I wanted classic Christmas; a tree…but, I ran out of green sprinkles -so, now my classic tree cookies are more like George Costanza’s Festivus Trees (Seinfeld)! But to be completely honest here, that is more in line with the way I roll anyway, right my friends?
Okay! Let’s go make ourselves some lovelies:
12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 11: Spritz Cookies
- 3 sticks of butter (! Yes, I know)- this is 1 ½ cups, softened
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
Preheat the oven to 375°.
In a mixing bowl (or stand mixer) mix the softened butter and the sugar until fluffy- scraping the sides when needed. When this is mixed, add the egg and vanilla until just combined. Add in the flour and mix until just combined.
Place in a cookie press and press out your cookies, one inch apart on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles.
Bake for 10 minutes watching to see the edges brown just slightly.
Cool on rack.
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And I can’t say it enough: Let them do the sprinkles! It was a beautiful thing to watch: Two young girls who don’t know eachother well, found themselves in my kitchen, finding a common interest by doing what they enjoy: they like to bake (and also talk “interior design”!) So I put them to work, doing the whole batch! They got on, like old friends after that. Leave it to me to create bonding opportunities in child-labor. Good fun!
The kids also got a kick from my “cookie machine” (the cookie press) and all the possible designs. I have to say, it is such an easy recipe, but the pressing can be tricky, so make sure you are in a mello mood and have a steady hand. Just keep the failed pressed dough aside, and reload the press when it empties, repeating until all the dough is gone. This also proved to be a bonding opp; that is laughing at my mistakes! Enjoy – the simple ones can be fun too.
For other cookies see the whole 12 Days of Christmas Cookies.
Nothing bonds, like sprinkles!