I love spritz cookies. You can make so many different shapes. You can use so many different colors of sprinkles. I love sprinkles…they make me so happy. It’s the fairy dust of the baking world. These cookies are really so very easy. All you need is a spritz cookie maker which can be purchased on sale your local retailer for under $20. It’s a well worth the investment.
Traditional Spritz Cookies
(recipe from about.com)
For success with this Christmas favorite, use real butter and press the cookies upon cold ungreased cookie sheets. Chill cookie sheets for at least 1 hour.
2 cups unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. almond extract (or your favorite alternate extract)
4 cups cake or all-purpose flour
2 tsp. hornsalt (or 1 tsp. baking powder)
Candied fruit or sprinkles for garnish
Place your cookie sheets in the refrigerator or freezer 1 hour prior to baking.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Cream together the butter, sugar, and egg; stir in flavored extracts. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour and hornsalt (or baking powder). Gradually stir flour into batter, beating strongly until all is incorporated.
Remove one cookie sheet from refrigerator. Fill cookie press with batter and press shapes onto chilled sheet. Decorate with candied fruit or sprinkles, if desired. Bake in oven 8-10 minutes, watching closely to prevent over-browning or burning.
Remove cookie sheet from oven and slide cookies onto rack to cool; use second cold cookie sheet for next batch.
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