Starbucks Just Released the Spritz Recipe That Inspired Its New Sugar Cookie Latte

This spritz recipe is definitely worth making for Christmas.

We don’t know about you, but we’ve been busy trying out all the new Starbucks holiday drinks. While losing the Eggnog Latte was a blow, our favorite coffee chain has made up for it by adding a brand-new drink to the menu: the Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte! The sugar cookie-flavored beverage is the first non-dairy coffee drink on any Starbucks holiday menu ever—and it’s inspired by a classic recipe many of you might already know.

Yep, that’s right, the Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte takes its inspiration from the famous spritz cookies, a recipe that gets its name from the German word spritzen, which means squirt. The best part? Starbucks just released the spritz cookie recipe for us to bake!

What’s in a Sugar Cookie Almondmilk Latte?

Before we get started, let’s take a quick look at the flavors in the latest Starbucks latte. It’s made with sweet sugar cookie-flavored syrup, mixed with Starbucks Blonde Espresso and almondmilk and topped with festive red and green cookie sprinkles. It tastes equally delicious hot or cold, so you can pick either depending on your mood.

Rosalyn Batingan standing next to her Christmas Spritz CookiesCourtesy Starbucks

The brains behind the recipe is Starbucks partner Rosalyn Batingan. Her team’s resident foodie and baker, she fiddled with her sugar cookie recipe to create the perfect beverage inspiration—resulting in a light, buttery cookie with a subtle almond flavor. And now, you can recreate her spritz cookie recipe at home!

How to Make Spritz Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • large egg
  • 1 teaspoon small-batch pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2-1/4 cups flour, unbleached white
  • Red and green sprinkles

Directions

Step 1: Cream, then mix wet ingredients

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cream together butter and sugar until pale yellow, about 3 minutes. Be sure to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Add egg, vanilla extract, almond extract and salt until creamy.

Step 2: Add in flour

Slowly add flour to cream mixture until dough comes together.

Step 3: Pipe and decorate

Place dough into cookie press and pipe onto an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Decorate with sprinkles in whatever formation you want.

See how a vintage spritz cookie press compares to a new one.

Step 4: Bake

Bake 6-8 minutes until slightly brown and let cookies cool on a wire rack.

Still in the Christmas spirit? Bake up a storm with these other holiday cookies or check out the Starbucks winter secret menu for drinks that’ll keep you going through the cold weather months.

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Amrita Thakkar
Amrita is an Assistant Digital Editor at Taste of Home. As a writer and amateur photographer, she often ends up applying these skills to her one great love: food. She can usually be found researching global cuisines, at the farmers market, doing yoga, or looking up new places to travel to.