These Spritz Cookies are a classic Christmas cookie. They’re lightly sweet, buttery, crispy cookies that are so fun and cute – made with a cookie press. Top them with some glaze or sprinkles!
These spritz cookies are so good! They’re adorable, buttery cookies, that are tender and crispy, and so easy to make! They’re so fun to make into cute shapes for the holidays, and they are adorable small cookies so you can make (and eat) a lot of them at once.
The cookies practically melt in your mouth, you won’t be able to just eat one (and why would you?). They’re tiny, adorable and I promise you’ll want to eat a bunch of them at once!
These spritz cookies are so cute, they’d also be fun to package up in cellophane, or on a holiday plate and share with neighbors for a holiday treat. Or to serve out on a platter at a holiday party.
What are Spritz Cookies?
Spritz cookies are lightly sweet and buttery cookies, that are a little bit crispy, and made to hold their intricate cute designs. They are kind of like a mix of shortbread cookies and sugar cookies.
They do contain egg in the dough, unlike traditional shortbread cookies, and this helps the cookies to not be as crumbly as shortbread cookies are. Instead of the dough being rolled out like traditional sugar cookies, it is pressed through a cookie press.
The name spritz actually comes from the German word “spritzen” which means to squirt, so basically the cookie dough is squirted/pressed out of the cookie press.
The recipe for these Spritz Cookies is lightly adapted from Oxo.
Ingredients Needed to make Spritz Cookies:
- salted butter
- granulated sugar
- vanilla extract
How to make Spritz Cookies?
- Add the butter, sugar and salt to a large bowl (a stand mixer works great) and mix them together for a couple minutes, until they are light and fluffy. Add in the eggs, mixing after each of them. Then stir in the vanilla extract.
- Slowly add in the flour while mixing the dough on low speed, mixing until everything is well incorporated.
- Scoop the dough into a spritz cookie press with your chosen disks. Then press the dough out onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Add sprinkles over the top if desired.
- Bake the cookies until just barely golden. Let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool completely.
Tips for making Spritz Cookies:
- These cookies can be served plain, topped with sprinkles, drizzled with melted chocolate, candy melts, or a powdered sugar glaze.
- Add a different extract to give these cookies some fun flavor. I think lemon or orange extract would be extra delicious.
- You can also add a little food coloring to the cookie dough to make them fun colors, red, or green would be cute for the holidays. Use gel food coloring so you can just add a little, and still get a bold color without affecting the texture of the dough.
- If any of your cookies lose their shape, by sticking to the press too much, and needing to scrape to get it off, don’t worry! Just add the dough back into the press, or your dough ball, and use it again.
- For this recipe you want to skip using parchment paper, a liner, or even spraying your pan. You want the dough to stick to the pan as you push it out to help it hold its cute shape. Using something non stick will give you problems.
- Don’t over bake the cookies, you want them soft, and tender, with just a little crispiness on the edges.
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- 1 1/2 cups salted butter (room temperature)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 large eggs (room temperature)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 cups all purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a large mixing bowl, or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Cream together the butter, sugar, and salt. Beat them until they are light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating between each egg. Then stir in the vanilla extract.
- Slowly add the flour, while the mixer is beating on low speed, beating until the flour is well incorporated.
- Use a rubber spatula to scoop the dough into a spritz cookie press, fitted with your desired disk.
- Press the dough out through the cookie press onto an ungreased baking sheet.
- Top the cookie dough with sprinkled if desired.
- Bake the cookies for 5 to 8 minutes, until they are barely golden around the edges.
- Cool the cookies completely.
- Top them with your choice of icing or glaze, if desired.