Delicious, Buttery Old Fashioned Spritz Cookies A Vintage Delight

Ridley's Wreckage

I love these cookies; they have a tender crumb, a delicious buttery taste, and are absolutley beautiful to look at. They add flair and drama to any cookie tray.

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I promise you that these cookies are not difficult. I steered clear of making these cookies for years, worried that they were too time-consuming or hard to make. They totally intimidated me! They look like they took hours to make, but with the help of a cookie press, these little gems are really quite easy and enjoyable to make. If you haven't tried making these you really need to!

The dough is simple enough to make, it's very similar to shortbread with the addition of an egg (which keeps your cookie from crumbling) and, of course, almond extract. Your dough goes into a cookie press, you hit the lever, and a cute little cookie pops out! Then decorate or leave it as is. It's that easy!

Do You Need a Cookie Press?

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No, not necessarily. If you don't have a cookie press, you can add your dough to a piping bag with a decorative tip. It's likely you will need to add a tablespoon or two of milk so your dough is easier to pipe.

For me, a cookie press is a must, because my piping skills are crap. There are a lot of different types out there. Some are battery-operated; others are more manual with a lever. They have discs of different shapes and designs, which really gives you a great variation in cookies and gives you unique and colorful cookie trays.

Pro Tips

  • You want a cookie sheet that has not been greased. You want a clean, dry cookie sheet. Do not even use parchment paper. Pipe your cookies directly onto your clean cookie sheet.
  • Make sure your cookie sheet is room temperature; don't use cookie sheets you just pulled out of your preheated oven.
  • Get creative and decorate before or after baking!
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Variations

  • What I love about these Old Fashioned Spritz Cookies is that they are easy to customize; it's a very versatile dough.
  • Substitute almond extract for lemon and the zest of 1 lemon.
  • You can use rum extract as a substitute for almond.
  • Chocolate anyone? Substitute ½ cup of cocoa powder in place of ½ cup of flour. You can add mint extract in place of almond.

Let's Decorate!

Oh, the possibilities are endless! Decorate these cookies before or after baking. Here are a few suggestions.

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Before you bake.

  • Add sprinkles, sanding sugar, or little balls of non-pareils. Make sure to lightly brush them with water so they stick.
  • Gently press dragées into your designs; try not to disrupt your cookie shape.
  • Get your food dye and color your dough. I like to use dye gel.
  • A candied cherry looks delightful in the middle of a spritz wreath.

After you bake.

  • Drizzle or dip half of your cookies with melted chocolate (dark, milk, or white).
  • Add dusting sugar or sprinkles to your melted chocolate.
  • When you lightly coat your cookies with corn syrup, you can add any type of sprinkle.

PREP TIME: 25 mins; COOK TIME: 8 mins; TOTAL TIME: 28 mins; SERVING: 60

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Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks (1 1/2 C.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Decorating Essentials: assorted sprinkles, sanding sugar, food coloring, and melted chocolate (dark, white, or milk).

Directions:

  • Warm your oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
  • Using a stand mixer, add your sugar and butter and beat until light and fluffy, around 2–3 minutes.
  • Next, add your large egg, vanilla, and almond extract, and beat until combined. Make sure you scrape down the sides of your bowl.
  • Measure out and pour in the flour, baking powder, and salt; mix until just combined. If you are going to color your dough, now is the time to do it.
  • Once combined, add your dough to the cookie press and pipe the cookies onto your ungreased cookie sheet. These cookies will not really spread, so there is no need to leave a lot of room in between them.
  • Decorate now if you want (or you can wait until after baking).
  • Place in your preheated oven and bake until lightly golden, around 7–9 minutes.
  • Once baked, allow it to cool and decorate.

Enjoy Friends! ❤️

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References Adapted By:

Shungu, K. (2022, December 6). Old Fashioned Spritz Cookies. Gift of Hospitality. https://www.giftofhospitality.com/old-fashioned-spritz-cookies/In-Text Citation: (Shungu, 2022)



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