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Our Favorite Spritz Cookie Recipes

Spritz cookies are fun and delicious! The shapes, flavors and decorations you can use are practically endless, but these recipes are a few of our absolute favorites.

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Spritz cookie pressAmazon

Spritz cookies are a type of German cookie usually made with flour, butter, sugar, eggs and some sort of flavoring. They require a special cookie press that consists of a cylinder with a plunger on one end that’s used to push cookie dough through a hole at the other end—you’ll often see newer versions like the one above and vintage presses like Grandma used. These cookies are often associated with Christmas, but they needn’t be limited to the holiday season—they’re delicious throughout the year!

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Holiday SpritzTaste of Home

Holiday Spritz

I tried substituting rum extract for vanilla in a classic Christmas recipe, and the end result was a cookie that tasted a lot like eggnog! —Lisa Varner, El Paso, Texas

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Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter SpritzTaste of Home

Chocolate Topped Peanut Butter Spritz

Peanut butter make these delicious cookies different from other spritz. The chocolate drizzle makes them extra special. —Dolores Deegan, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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Almond Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Almond Spritz Cookies

This almond spritz cookies recipe can be left plain or decorated with colored sugar and frosting. In our house, it just wouldn't be Christmas without some cookie press recipes.—Tanya Hart, Muncie, Indiana

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Red Velvet Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Red Velvet Spritz Cookies

I had never come across a red velvet spritz recipe, so I decided to create one. The hint of cocoa makes these taste like red velvet cake. Add peppermint flavoring for a little extra kick. —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Gingerbread SpritzTaste of Home

Gingerbread Spritz

I get so busy during the Christmas season that cutout cookies are a hassle. But I love gingerbread and spritz cookies so I combined my favorite recipes and was pleased at the results.—Sherry Gazelka, Iron, Minnesota

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Peanut Butter Spritz Fingers

My family loves this peanut butter fingers recipe because they satisfy the need for chocolate and for something crunchy, sweet and nutty, all in just one bite! —Irma Lowery, Reedsburg, Wisconsin

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Swedish SpritzTaste of Home

Swedish Spritz

A touch of almond extract gives these spritz wonderful flavor. For Christmas, you could tint half of the dough with red food coloring and the other half with green. —Irmgard Sinn, Sherwood Park, Alberta

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Cardamom SpritzTaste of Home

Cardamom Spritz

As far back as I remember, I have loved cardamom. My grandmother often added the spice to her baked goods. I usually make these cookies in a camel design with a camel spritz press I found at a thrift shop—it reminds me of a time when I rode a camel in the desert while deployed with the Navy. Of course, any design will do! —Crystal Schlueter, Northglenn, Colorado

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Chocolate Peppermint Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Chocolate Peppermint Spritz Cookies

I love to make spritz cookies. Each year I make several varieties of cookies and then deliver them to friends. I love to watch them crack a smile when they see a plate full of cookies. —Margaret Otley, Waverly, Nebraska

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Almond Cream SpritzTaste of Home

Almond Cream Spritz

Love spritz cookies at Christmastime? Try this version featuring almond-flavored dough. Sprinkle them with colored sugar for the holidays or chopped almonds for everyday cookies. —Jo-Anne Cooper, Camrose, Alberta

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Chocolate-Dipped Orange SpritzTaste of Home

Chocolate-Dipped Orange Spritz

Dipped in melted chocolate and coated in ground walnuts, this cookie is one you won't pass up.—Alissa Stehr, Gau-Odernheim

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Lemon-Butter Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Lemon-Butter Spritz Cookies

This recipe makes a lot of terrific cookies! It's great for Christmas when all the kids and grandkids visit. They can help decorate the cookies-not to mention help eat them! —Paula Pelis, Rocky Point, New York

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Coffee Maple SpritzTaste of Home

Coffee Maple Spritz

I like spritz cookies because they're easier to make than rolled cutouts but I can still be creative with different shapes and sizes. Feel free to substitute vanilla or rum extract for the maple flavoring. —Dierdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Maple-Walnut Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Maple-Walnut Spritz Cookies

After taking a trip to Vermont during maple harvest season, I just had to make something using maple syrup. Because I love maple, walnuts and spritz cookies, I combined all those elements to create these perfectly delicious bites. I adore the aroma when these are baking.

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Orange Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Orange Spritz Cookies

Brown sugar gives these spritz cookies a lovely light caramel tint. This variation has a rich buttery shortbread taste and texture with a hint of orange flavor. They are a delightful addition to my holiday cookie tray. -Sean Fleming, St. Charles, Illinois

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Chocolate-Dipped Spritz

Some of my sisters and I get together for a weekend during the holidays to do nothing but bake cookies. These cookies always make an appearance in the goody baskets that we give as gifts. —Nancy Ross, Alvordton, Ohio

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Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Spritz Cookies

It was a tradition to make these cookies with my grandmother every Christmas. Now our two daughters help me make them for the holidays. —Sharon Claussen, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

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Soft Peppermint Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Soft Peppermint Spritz Cookies

This quick recipe makes a lot of cookies, and the peppermint flavor is a change from traditional spritz cookies. I tint some of the dough green or red, and I leave the rest white. The decorating ideas are endless! —Carole Resnick, Cleveland, Ohio

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Gluten-Free Spritz Delights

My daughter has Down syndrome and loves hosting parties, especially on holidays. Cookies always took center stage until she was diagnosed with celiac disease. I decided then to take on gluten-free baking, and these are the best yet—a cross between a shortbread and a sugar cookie. —Cheryl Costilow, Amherst, Ohio

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Italian Cornmeal Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Italian Cornmeal Spritz Cookies

A chef at a local culinary school gave me this recipe, and I've been using it for years. Italian cornmeal cookies are from the Piedmont region of northern Italy. They're not too sweet, and the glazed cherries add just the right touch. — Kristine Chayes, Smithtown, New York

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Cream Cheese SpritzTaste of Home

Cream Cheese Spritz

A hint of orange and cinnamon highlights these Christmastime classics. I like to add colorful sprinkles before baking them. The recipe is from a booklet that came with a cookie press in the 1950s...and I still have the press! —Sarah Bedia, Lake Jackson, Texas

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Fruit-Filled Spritz CookiesTaste of Home

Fruit-Filled Spritz Cookies

From the first time I baked these cookies, they've been a divine success. Old-fashioned and attractive, they make a perfect holiday pastry. —Ingeborg Keith, Newark, Delaware

Grace Mannon
Grace is a full-time mom with a Master's degree in Food Science. She loves to experiment in the kitchen and writes about her hits (and misses) on her blog, A Southern Grace.
Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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