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 13-Piece Cookie Press Set 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!
Helpful Hints and Tips for Perfect Spritz Cookies:
- 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 Performance Food Coloring Set 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!
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.
Checkout our post on How to Use a Cookie Press for more information!
Spritz Cookie Ideas
Ready to start baking? Here are a few Spritz cookie recipes and projects to try out!
Pistachio Spritz Cookies
Chocolate Spritz Cookies
Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Classic Buttery Spritz Cookies
- Cookie press
- Ungreased cookie sheet
- Cooling rack
- 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups unsalted butter, softened (3 sticks)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a medium sized bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
- In a separate large bowl, beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla extract and almond extract; mix well.
- Gradually add the flour mixture to butter mixture; beat until combined. Do not chill.
- Fill cookie press with dough and with desired disks, press cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake 10-12 minutes or until the edges are light golden brown. Cool for 2 minutes on the cookie sheet placed on the cooling rack. Remove from the baking sheet and place on the wire rack to cool completely.
- Use an ungreased cookie sheet. Greasing your pan will cause your cookies to spread, so make sure to use an ungreased baking sheet. Also avoid using parchment paper on your cookie sheet.
- Avoid preparing dough ahead of time. This dough is best used the day it’s prepared, although it can still be used in the future if frozen and brought back to room temperature.
- Do not chill the dough before using. The dough should be at room temperature so it can be piped through the press. If the dough was frozen prior, allow it to come back to room temperature before piping it 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.
- Reuse dough. If any of your cookies come out misshapen while using the cookie press, just put the dough back in the bowl and reuse it.
- Add your favorite flavors. Use your favorite extracts like orange, anise, or peppermint extract to personalize your cookie flavor. Add your flavoring in addition to or in place of the almond flavoring in the instructions.
- Make buttercream spritz cookie sandwiches. Spritz cookies can be sandwiched together with buttercream or other fillings like these cinnamon spritz cookie sandwiches
- Decorating spritz cookies jimmies, sugars or nonpareils. When using sprinkles, jimmies, sugars and nonpareils roll cookie dough in sprinkles prior to baking to ensure they stick and bake into your cookies. If you add sprinkles after baking the cookie dough your sprinkles will not stick to your cookies without using melted candy or icing. Oftentimes, shaped sprinkles will melt in the oven so sticking with jimmies, sugar and nonpareils are best.
- To color. Use Color Right concentrated food coloring to color your dough.
- To freeze cookie dough. To freeze unused cookie dough, wrap in plastic and place in a resealable bag. Dough can be kept for about 2 months. Make sure to bring your dough back to room temperature before using.
- To freeze baked cookies. Bring baked cookies to room temperature then place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3-4 months.
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!
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