Buttery Yeast Spritz Recipe

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Yeast may be an unusual ingredient for cookies, but the buttery flavor is fabulous. These were my mother's favorite I make them for my children and grandchildren.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES:78 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch
MAKES: 78 servings


  • 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 76 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 48mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in water; set aside. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and yeast mixture. Gradually add flour and mix well.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with disk of your choice, press dough into desired shapes 1 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 400° for 7-9 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 13 dozen.
Originally published as Buttery Yeast Spritz in Best of Country Cookies 1999, p71

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FruitGal User ID: 4348227 44044
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"I was excited to make these as I am a butter cookie and spritz fan. They held their shape well and stuck to the pan well while spritzing. But they seem greasier to me than some other recipes. Not quite my ideal. Sorry!"

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