Classic Spritz Cookies Recipe
One of the very first cookies we would make every year were classic spritz cookies. The almond smell drifting up from the oven, the cookie gun constantly needing to be refilled or unclogged, all reminded me of Christmas.
My favorites were always the candy cane spritz and the Christmas trees. I would take great care trying to get the colors in the gun mixed just right, and then ever so slowly, I'd twist and squeeze to make the red and white treats. For the Christmas trees, my siblings would just toss colored sugar on every which way, while I carefully attached tiny cinnamon candies to the top for their stars.
Do you have a cookie that reminds you of the holiday season?
Classic Spritz Cookies
3 sticks butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon clear almond extract
1/2 teaspoon clear vanilla extract
Decorations (sprinkles, nonpareils)
simple syrup to hold decorations
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt and whisk to mix. Add to butter and mix until incorporated. Stir in egg, milk and extracts.
Press dough through a cookie press into desired shapes. Decorate with sprinkles. Bake on parchment-lined sheets for 8-10 minutes. Remove to wire rack and cool completely. Brush cookies with simple syrup and stick nonpareils onto the cookies.
6-7 dozen cookies