Spritz Cookies Recipe
What are Spritz cookies? They are traditional Christmas cookies originated from Europe. The word “spritz” came from the German word “spritzen,”, which means “to squirt.”
In short, Spritz cookies are butter cookies made with a cookie press or cookie maker. You can use different kinds of cookie press disks for festive designs.
This recipe is the best Spritz cookies recipe ever! The cookies turn out beautiful and taste sweet, buttery, crumbly and practically melt in your mouth.
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How to Make Spritz Cookies?
It’s very easy to make these cookies at home. All you need is a good quality cookie press and a few basic ingredients below:
- Unsalted butter.
- All-purpose flour.
- Powdered sugar.
- Egg yolk.
You can use a stand mixer or hand mixer to make the dough. Once you have a soft dough, chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before making the spritz cookies using a cookie press.
The cookies bake fast in the oven and takes only 15 minutes in the oven.
- To make sure that the cookies don’t spread while baking, chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator before baking. You can also chill the raw spritz cookies before baking, to retain the shape.
- Use a good cookie press. I recommend OXO Good Grips Cookie Pres.
- If your dough jams in the cookie press or has become too soft to form the shape, chill the cookie dough for 10 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Make Spritz Cookies without a Cookie Press?
You sure can. You can use a pastry bag to pipe and shape dough if you don’t have a spritz cookie maker.
What Kind of Sprinkles Can I Use to Decorate?
You can use all kinds of sprinkles to decorate the cookies. My personal favorites are Betty Crocker Rainbow Sprinkles and Betty Crocker Decorating Decors Nonpareil.
You can also use Betty Crocker Cupcake Gems with red and green pearls.
How Many Calories Per Serving?
This recipe yields 100 cookies. Each Spritz cookie is 40 calories.
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- 10 oz unsalted butter, room temperature (2 1/2 sticks butter or 300 g)
- 3 oz + 1 heaping tablespoon powdered sugar (100 g or 3/4 cup +1 tablespoon)
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons whole milk (full cream milk)
- 3 tablespoons baking milk powder, optional
- 11 oz all-purpose flour (310 g or 2 cups + 3 tablespoons)
- 4 oz cornstarch (110 g or 1/2 cup + 1/3 cup)
- holiday-themed sprinkles
- In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream butter with sugar, egg yolk, salt and vanilla extract until fluffy. Add in the milk, baking milk powder (if using) and mix well.
- Slowly add in the all-purpose flour and cornstarch, beat until the dough becomes soft and not stick to hands.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silplat. Cover the dough with a plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Transfer the cookie dough to a cooking press, following the instructions of your cookie press. Choose a festive disk, such as a Christmas tree. Punch out the cookies on the prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart between cookies. Add sprinkles on top of the cookies. Place the cookies on the prepared baking sheets and bake for 15 minutes, or until cookies are turn very light brown in color and the inside is cooked through. Cool the cookies on rack. Keep in an air-tight containers for storing.
Please use the metric measurements for the most precise results.
Serving Size100 cookies
Amount Per Serving Calories 40Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 8mgSodium 7mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 1g