Spritz cookies are lightly sweet butter cookies pressed into all kinds of fun little shapes. Bake up a batch for a cookie swap or holiday treat!
There’s nothing more fun than tiny, buttery bites in the shapes of stars, wreaths, or even Christmas trees.
A lightly crisp exterior gives way to melt-in-your-mouth sweetness – you won’t be able to stop at just one! Enjoy them plain or add a little dazzle with your favorite frosting and sprinkles.
Italian wedding cookies are just as simple to make as this spritz cookie recipe. Plus, you won’t even need any special tools!
Spritz Cookies – Tips and Tricks
- Use room temperature ingredients. I cannot stress enough how important this is! The butter should be very soft and the eggshells should no longer feel cool to the touch. Let both sit on the counter for at least 30 minutes before you start this spritz cookie recipe.
- Add some flavor! Replace the vanilla extract with something a little more fun – lemon, peppermint, or even maple would be delicious.
- Don’t grease your pans. The dough needs to grip the surface so it doesn’t spread. If you’re concerned about sticking, add a layer of parchment instead.
- Want some color? Use gel food coloring to change the hue of your spritz cookies without changing the consistency of the dough. It’s more concentrated than liquid, so start with just a drop or two and add more if needed.
No holiday cookie is complete without a little sparkle!
Decorate the tops of your spritz cookies with colorful sprinkles or sanding sugar before they go in the oven. This way, they will be nestled into the dough and won’t fall off.
For a more sophisticated look, dip half of each treat in candy melts – you could choose different colors to match the occasion!
Or, add a simple drizzle of chocolate or royal icing for an extra sweet touch.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Stand mixer or large mixing bowl with hand mixer
- Baking Sheets lined with parchment paper
- Cookie Press – Most come with a selection of discs in classic shapes, but you can get a holiday set for even more designs!
- A sturdy silicone spatula can be used for scraping, stirring, and smoothing and is easy to clean too!
- Cooling Racks – Cool a large batch of treats without taking up a lot of counter space.
FAQ – Common Recipe Questions
Should you chill the dough for spritz cookies?
There are differing opinions on this, so you can certainly test it out either way. The logic is that the dough is more likely to hold its pressed shape when the butter is soft, so it shouldn’t be chilled first.
Can I halve this spritz cookie recipe?
While 10 dozen treats may seem like a lot, keep in mind that these are much smaller than regular cookies.
You can still cut the ingredients by half for a smaller batch or if you want to test out the recipe first to get a feel for it.
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Spritz Cookie Recipe
- 1 1/2 cups salted butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter, sugar, and salt. Beat until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition then add the vanilla.
- Slowly add the flour with the mixer beating on low speed, beating until well incorporated.
- Use a rubber spatula to transfer the dough to a spritz cookie press fitted with the desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased baking sheet. Add sprinkles before baking if desired.
- Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until the cookies are barely golden around the edges.
- Cool completely before icing, if desired.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published November 2021
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