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For as long as I can remember, Spritz cookies have been a family favorite. My grandma makes the best and we only had them at Christmas. My Dad would hoard them from the rest of us and we would have to beg him for a taste! Spritz are the perfect little buttery bite sized treat.
Once my Grandma moved to St. George, I began to actively make several of her recipes, and this is one of them. I thought it would be fun to make some for Valentine’s Day, and not just in the classic heart shaped design. You can make X’s and O’s too. My kids had a blast helping me make and decorate them.
To make Spritz cookies, you have to have a Cookie Press. I use the Wilton Cookie Press-it’s easy, it cleans well, and it comes with several designs so you can make these babies all year long.
And these were the other supplies that I used:
When you are using the cookie press, be sure to have the handle aligned correctly. You should hear it click. It will continue to click as you push it down.
To decorate the cookies, I found two tips that worked great! You can use piping gel. It comes in a lot of colors and it comes clear as well. I didn’t have any clear gel on hand, just black and red, but I did use corn syrup in its place.
- 1½ cup butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 Tbs milk
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ tsp almond extract
- 3½ cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine flour and baking powder. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add the egg. Mix well. Next, add the milk and the extracts. Mix well. Add half the flour mixture and mix well. Finally, add the rest of the flour.
- Set up the cookie press with your desired shape. Add dough in cookie press. Use a non-greased cookie sheet and began adding cookie dough. It generally takes a couple of clicks until the first cookie comes out. When the first pan is full of cookies, bake in 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.
- Decorate using piping gel and sprinkles. You can also use corn syrup to get the sprinkles to stick!