Easy Spritz Butter Cookies Recipe

Easy Spritz Butter Cookies Recipe for holiday! These are the perfect gift idea and holiday treat for neighbors, coworkers, parties, and a cookie exchange.

Easy Spritz Butter Cookies Recipe
Easy Spritz Butter Cookies Recipe

Spritz cookies are very similar to sugar cookies. They are buttery and sweet and, with the right recipe, keep their complex shape when cooked. The sugar cookies are shaped with cookie cutters and the spritz cookies are shaped with a cookie press. Spritz cookies are also similar to shortbread cookies, but Spritz cookies usually contain an egg. Eggs help spritz cookies keep their shape when baked, so they don’t crumble like shortbread cookies.

The word “spritz” actually comes from the German word spritzen which means “to squirt”. This involves squirting or pushing the cookie dough into a cookie press. I don’t know why, but I always associate the word spritz with “spritely” because spritz cookies remind me of something that little bright fairies would eat!

How to Make Spritz Cookies

This is my favorite recipe for spritz cookies. I love it so much that I published it in my Sally’s Cookie Addiction cookbook. Here’s why it’s my favorite:

  • BASIC INGREDIENTS. Butter, flour, egg, sugar.
  • 1 BOWL. Easy recipe.
  • FAST RECIPE. Chilling the cookie dough is not required.
  • STICKS TO THE BAKING SHEET. Not the cookie press.
  • FUN TO DECORATE. Use sprinkles, chocolate chips, melted chocolate, etc!
  • FREEZER-FRIENDLY. They literally taste like new after thawed.
  • SHIP WONDERFULLY. Hold their shape during the journey!

The dough collects in 1 bowl using a mixer. There is no need for baking powder or baking soda; these buttery spritz cookies are dense and not airy. They barely spread out, so you can put a bunch of them on your baking sheets. Since the cookies are small, you can use 1 batch of dough to make a variety of shapes with your cookie press. You can even tint part of the cookie dough red or green as you see in my photos!

Easy Spritz Butter Cookies Recipe

Easy Spritz Butter Cookies Recipe for holiday! These are the perfect gift idea and holiday treat for neighbors, coworkers, parties, and a cookie exchange.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 large Egg Yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Garnish

  • candied cherries, nuts, colored sprinkles or colored sugars

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Butter 2 cookie sheets and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
  • Cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  • Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until incorporated.
  • Gradually add flour and salt and beat until well mixed.
  • Transfer to a pastry bag with a star tip.
  • Pipe onto sheet while nearly touching tip to pan. Leave at least 1″ between cookies.
  • Decorate with sprinkles, other decorations or chopped nuts.
  • Bake for 11-14 minutes or until the edges are barely brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • (Yield about 30 cookies)

This recipe adopted from passionforsavings and sallysbakingaddiction

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