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Buttery Spritz Cookies

This tender spritz cookie recipe is very eye-catching on my Christmas cookie tray. The dough is easy to work with, so it's fun to make these spritz cookies into a variety of festive shapes. This is hands down the best spritz cookie recipe ever. —Beverly Launius, Sandwich, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • Colored sugar and sprinkles

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, confectioners' sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 6-8 minutes (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, mix confectioners' sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Melted chocolate candy coating may be used in place of confectioners' sugar glaze; dip and decorate as directed.
  • If the dough is sticky, chill it in the freezer for 10-15 minutes before loading it into the press.
  • Find all of our favorite spritz cookie recipes here.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 43 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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    • Cheryl
      Dec 18, 2019

      I'm sure the recipe is fine, but I couldn't get the dough to release from the cookie press. Suggestions??

    • suefalk
      Dec 18, 2019

      Delicate and delicious cookie! I would recoommend chilling the dough as the recipe states. Don't skip this step. It will make prep much easier. I also roll a 'log' of dough in powdered sugar before dropping into press.

    • WisconsinG
      Dec 8, 2019

      I followed this recipe as written and didn't have any problems with the dough coming out of my 60 year old cookie press. The cookies are light and have just the right flavor, especially when glazed with the powdered sugar glaze!

    • Holly
      Sep 30, 2019

      Spritz have always been one of my favorite cookies! Light, buttery, and not too sweet. But a fun note for you to try - in the cookie dough, try substituting Kool-aid, or other flavored drink mixes for the sugar. My mother discovered this trick when I was a kid, and it not only add flavor and color but is amazing. Our favorite turned out to be Country Time Lemonade, or Pink Lemonade - tangy, and the most beautiful colors.

    • rainbowdar
      Dec 16, 2018

      Not very flavorful. Should have used more almond ext. Dough hard to get out of the cookie press.

    • Kelly
      Dec 16, 2018

      Can I use peppermint extract instead of almond?

    • Gr8Ci3
      Nov 27, 2018

      Family, friend

    • Tammy
      Nov 25, 2018

      This dough is not easy to work with at all and stuck to everything including the cookie press. I followed the recipe exactly (using the proper measuring utensils). A very disappointing waste of time and ingredients.

    • shereeder
      Nov 24, 2018

      I've made many spritz cookies over the years. Seems like each recipe is tweaked just a bit, but this one is great. I add food coloring and a different flavor for some of those I bake. Green peppermint extract for the trees; Red cherry extract for the flowers; Yellow lemon extract for other designs. Makes for a variety of flavors and fun eating.

    • sg1728
      Jan 4, 2018

      These cookies are a new addition to my Christmas cookie assortment and they are my favorite this year, hands down. The dough worked perfectly with my Wilton cookie press and the glaze "glued" on the sprinkled sugars. The buttery taste is so good.