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Classic Spritz Cookies

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  • Prep 1 hr 5 min
  • Total 1 hr 15 min
  • Servings 72
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These delicate, crisp cookies have a rich, buttery flavour that’ll keep you coming back for more.
Created Dec 18, 2017
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  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
  • Food colour, if desired
  • Currants, raisins, candies, coloured sugar, finely chopped nuts, candied fruit or fruit peel, if desired


  • 1
    Heat oven to 400ºF. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract and a few drops of food colour.
  • 2
    Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on ungreased baking sheet. Decorate with currants.
  • 3
    Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from baking sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    Did You Know... The name spritz comes from the German word spritzen , meaning "to squirt" because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs.
  • Tip 2
    Purchasing Butter is responsible for the tender, rich texture and flavourflavor of these incredible cookies. Margarine would not work nearly as well. For these cookies, stick with butter!
  • Tip 3
    Substitution Chocolate Spritz: Stir 2 ounces (56 g) unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled, into the butter-sugar mixture.
  • Tip 4
    Holiday Spritz: Substitute rum extract for the almond extract or vanilla; tint dough with appropriate food colours. After baking, glaze cooled cookies with Butter-Rum Glaze: Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine over low heat; remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup icing sugar and 1 teaspoon rum extract. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water until glaze is spreadable. Tint glaze with food colour to match cookies if desired.
  • Tip 5
    Spice Spritz: Stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice with the flour.
  • Tip 6
    Success To ensure recipe success, do not use self-rising flour in this recipe.

Nutrition Information

45 Calories, 3g Total Fat, 1g Protein, 4g Total Carbs

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 72 cookies
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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