If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to spice up your holiday baking, Spritz cookies are the answer! Made using a cookie press and a variety of disks, these cookies are a holiday staple friends, family and Santa himself will love.

Fun for beginning bakers and little kids helping out in the kitchen, these cookies can be decorated with sprinkles, sanding sugar or melted candy, but they can also be left undecorated for easy gifting and packaging. Plus, one recipe makes about 7 to 8 dozen cookies, so they’re perfect for cookie exchanges!

Ready to start pressing? This Classic Spritz Cookie recipe works perfectly with our Preferred Press Cookie Press or the Simple Success Cookie Press. And be sure to read on for helpful information on how to use your cookie press and how to better customize your cookies with flavor and color!

How to Make Spritz Cookies

Classic Spritz Cookies Recipe


  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk


  • Non-stick cookie sheet
  • Cooling Grid
  • Cookie Press


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract; mix well.
  4. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating until combined. DO NOT CHILL.
  5. Fill cookie press with dough and prepare with desired disk.
  6. Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookies sheet on cooling grid. Remove from sheet; cool completely.

Helpful Hints and Tips:

  • Make sure you’re using an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet. Greasing your pan will cause your cookies to spread.
  • This dough is best used the day it’s prepared. Do not chill the dough before using. The dough should be at room temperature so it can be piped through the press. If your cookies start to spread or your kitchen is warm, try chilling the pans in the refrigerator for a few minutes before piping the cookies on the pan.
  • Have fun playing with flavor and color! Use your favorite extracts to personalize your cookie flavor or use Color Right concentrated food coloring to color your dough.

How to Use a Cookie Press

Cookie presses are surprisingly easy to use, and they come with tons of disks for fun cookie baking and decorating! Whether you’re using the Preferred Press Cookie Press the Simple Success Cookie Press, you can make festive and delicious cookies for any holiday or celebration!

How to Use a Cookie Press:

Filling Your Press: Before filling your press, make sure all the pieces have been washed and dried. Pull the plunger all the way up to the top of the press. Using clean hands, fill the barrel with your prepared dough. Place your desired disk, smooth side out, into the base of the press, then screw the base onto the barrel.

Using Your Press: Turn the plunger so the pointy end is facing the handle when you’re pressing. Give it a couple presses to help push the dough down. Rest bottom of press firmly against an ungreased cookie sheet. Squeeze trigger to form cookie.

Note: If any of your cookies come out misshapen, just put the dough back in the bowl and reuse it.

Ready to start baking? Here are a few Spritz cookie recipes and projects to try out!

Looking for some other great seasonal treats that are perfect for sharing? Browse our list of other cute Christmas cookies to get the baking juices flowing before you head into the kitchen.

What’s your favorite cookie to make for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below or share a picture on Instagram and tag us @wiltoncakes!