12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 11: Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies

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:

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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

Yield: 6 dozen

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 11: Spritz Cookies

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

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.

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Nothing bonds, like sprinkles!