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Old Fashioned Classic Spritz Cookies are THE cookie press cookie! If you are looking for an easy and delicious Christmas cookie, this is it!

Spritz Cookies
Spritz Cookies

How to Make Spritz Cookies

Yes, Classic Spritz Cookies look like shortbread, I’m going to admit that right away. The difference though is that classic spritz cookies have an egg in the batter, something that shortbread doesn’t traditionally have. Classic spritz cookies are also flavoured, again, something that shortbread doesn’t have either. These Swedish butter cookies are all about the flavour and that egg makes the texture different that shortbread. Classic spritz cookies are a more tender cookie, while my classic Whipped Shortbread basically melts in your mouth. The egg holds these spritz cookies together, making it an entirely different cookie.

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2.  Beat butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.  Stir in flour, salt,egg, vanilla extract and food colouring if wanted.
  3. If dough is sticky, refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  4.  Place dough in cookie press and form shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet and
    decorate as desired.
  5.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and cool.
Old Fashioned Classic Spritz Cookies
Old Fashioned Classic Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies also hold up better than shortbread when you use a cookie press. You can see in my whipped shortbread post that I use a cookie scoop and do rounded shortbreads. That’s because the egg in the classic spritz cookie batter holds that dough together, making all these delightful trees and wreaths so much more easy to make.

Spritz cookies are THE cookie press cookie.

 Old Fashioned Classic Spritz Cookies from @kitchenmagpie

If you are looking to use your cookie press this Christmas, then use this recipe. It’s a classic and works beautifully with all cookie presses, old and new.

Vintage Cookie Press with Box & Recipes
Vintage Cookie Press with Box & Recipes

Remember that the most important part when making cookies using a cookie press is to chill that dough! It works the best with dough that has been in the fridge for at least half an hour. I suggest refrigerating it between batches as well, if you have time.

So here is yet another classic Christmas cookie for you all to bake up this Christmas! What cookies are on your list this year?  Because I work a season ahead (like fashion but food!) I try to plan way ahead of time what we are having. I’ve been so busy that as per usual, I still don’t have my Christmas Day menu planned. All I know is that we are having prime rib, (check out my post on How to Cook a Prime Rib Roast) that I have been craving my Raspberry Walnut Thumbprint Cookies.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Prime Rib and Thumprint cookies.

I guess there are worse things for Christmas dinner – and my mind will change a million times over the next few weeks!

Happy baking!

Love,

Karlynn

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Old Fashioned Classic Spritz Cookies

How to make Old Fashioned Classic Spritz Cookies. These buttery cookies are perfect for making cookie press cookies!

3.75 from 8 votes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Total Time
33 minutes
Course
Christmas Cookies
Cuisine
American
Servings
36
Calories
93
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Food colouring if desired
  • Decorations such as candies colored sugar or nuts

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees
  2. Beat butter and sugar together until smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir in flour, salt,egg, vanilla extract and food colouring if wanted.
  4. If dough is sticky, refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  5. Place dough in cookie press and form shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet and decorate as desired.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes or until set but not brown.
  7. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack and cool.

Recipe Notes

Prep time will vary as it depends on what shapes you make with these and how long you take!

Yield will also vary greatly depending on the shapes you make, whether they are large or small.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 93kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 18mg, Sodium: 79mg, Potassium: 12mg, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 3.3%, Calcium: 0.4%, Iron: 2.4%

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian Prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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  1. Bonnie says

    Do you happen to have the cream cheese spritz cookie recipe that went with this press? It is the one we always made when I was little. TY!

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