This old fashioned Spritz Cookie Recipe is a simple cookie with loads of flavor and is super tender. It’s one of my favorite cookies! Not just a Christmas cookie!
Decorate the top with your favorite-colored sprinkles to add a festive flare for any theme that you are celebrating. Great for tea parties, bridal and baby shower celebrations, Christmas, or any other time of the year that you can think of.
It’s sweet and buttery but only uses five ingredients giving it a delicious flavor. They are formed with the help of an old-fashioned cookie press.
Press cookies for shaping this simple cookie dough into complicated shapes and decorating with sprinkles, jimmies, and chocolate chip. This classic spritz cookies are delicious and is a sweet cream cheese cookie!
Cookie dough can easily be made up in a matter of minutes and there is no chilling of the dough. Definitely an easy and tasty recipe! It’s probably your most simple cookie dough ever.
It doesn’t even require any chilling! This is a perfect recipe for buttery cookies, with holiday variations, that can be enjoyed as a gift or dunked in coffee before breakfast.
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Tell Me the Purpose of Spritz Cookies?
Spritzer cookies resemble sugar cookies. They are a soft version of the Danish Butter Cookies.
It is buttery and sweet and holds their intricate shapes when cooked. Cookie cutters can be made into sugar cookies and the spritz cookie is made from cookie pressing machine.
The word spritz originates from German slang meaning spritz. It is an action that involves the application of cookie dough into a cookie press.
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What Cookie Press to Buy?
I have been making this spritz cookie recipe for over 20 years. I was gifted a Mirro cookie press when I got married in 1994.
Almost 30 years later, I am still using it. After doing a search on Amazon, you can still buy one of my old-fashioned cookie presses, but they also have the newer versions available.
How to Make Spritz Cookies?
Gather all your ingredients to make the butter cookies. You want softened butter and cream cheese so leave these out on the counter for a couple of hours or if you are careful, soften in the microwave.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl, add the softened butter and cream cheese.
With a flat paddle in a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer or an electric beater, cream the two together on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Scrape the sides of the bowl often!
Add the granulated sugar and the vanilla. Mixing until the butter sugar mixture is combined and fluffy.
Remember to scrape the sides of the bowl again. In three parts, add the flour to the creamed mixture. Make sure to scrape the bowl one last time after all the flour is added.
How to Form Spritz Cookies
Place the proper disk that you want to use in your cookie press. Attach that cap onto the barrel of the press.
Fill the cookie press with as much of the cookie dough that you can. Place the last piece of the spritz cookie press on the other end. Press the cookies directly onto a cookie sheet.
Decorating Spritz cookies
Before I bake the cookies in the oven, I sprinkle with edible decorations before baking. Sprinkles are often added by simply sprinkling onto the tops after coming out of the cookie press.
Colored sugars, jimmies, and any small edible decoration will work. Search your baking cabinet and see what kind of decorations that you have.
Themes are fun to do with your butter cookies like using red, white, and blue decorations for a 4th of July party or pastel-colored sugars for a tea party theme or pink and blue for a baby shower.
How to Bake Butter Cookies
Once you have a full sheet of cookies on a pan, place into a hot oven and bake until they are golden-brown on the bottom.
My spritzer cookies are great in any of the three stages of doneness: light – no color on the bottom but the cookies are done, medium – the bottom is ½ golden-brown and ½ no color, dark – the bottom is all golden-brown in color.
Let the butter cookies cool and then remove from the baking sheet.
My dough Won’t Stick to the Pan!
Place the pressed cookie dough on a cookie sheet pan with no parchment paper, cooking spray, or cooking mat. Cooling the baking sheet helps the cookies stick to the pan.
After baking, they should come off the pan like a dream. There is enough butter to keep these cookies from sticking.
Don’t use paper! Avoid using silicone baking mats! When forming the cookies, they must be the same shape and size on the baking tray so that they do not get over baked or under baked.
How I Get Nicely Shaped Spritz Cookies That Aren’t Blobs!
Press a small amount into the baking sheets as close as possible to the surface of the cookie machine. Usually this is tricky to control, although some of the cookie presses are more efficient.
I’d like to tell you how to get the ideal shape: don’t use parchment paper or silicone baking mats. The dough should stick to the baking sheet when it’s pressed out.
Chilling the dough will make it stiff and not want to stick to the pan. Practice makes perfect! Don’t get discouraged if the first couple of spritz cookies do not turn out.
Just put the dough aside and add it back into the press. If done properly, the cookie dough sticks to the baking sheet without any problems.
Butter Cookies Variations
- Instead of vanilla extract, substitute almond extract for a different tasting cookie.
- Drizzle melted chocolate across the cooled butter spritz cookies.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to the cookie dough.
- Make a butter rum glaze to lightly brush over the top of the buttery spritz cookies.
- Top with chocolate chips.
- Sprinkle with finely chopped nuts.
How to Store Spritz Cookies
You can store your spritz cookies in an airtight container for up to 7 days at room temperature. These butter cookies also freeze very well.
Place in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Remove from the freezer and let the cookies thaw.
More Holiday Cookie Recipes
I love holiday baking and all those cookies! If you are looking for more inspiration, then I have the cookie recipes for you. Try these amazing purple ube crinkles which are like chocolate crinkles but purple and are made with purple yam. More great recipes are: cranberry pinwheel cookies, cut-out sugar cookies, filled date cookies, and crushed candy cane cookies.
Spritz Cookie Recipe – FAQ
The secret to making great spritz cookies is being consistent with following the recipe to make the proper dough. If the dough is not just right, it won’t come out of the cookie press properly or stick to the baking sheet like it should.
No, do not chill the spritz cookie dough. It will become too stiff and not want to stick to the pan properly.
If your cookie dough does not come out of the press properly, check to make sure the disk is in the right place and has not slipped. The dough should be at room temperature and not chilled.
Recipe for Spritz Cookie
Get the full recipe and nutrition calories as well as nutrition information below!
- Cream Cheese, Softened 8 ounces
- Butter, Softened 1 cup
- Sugar, Granulated 1/2 cup
- Vanilla 1 teaspoon
- Flour, All Purpose 2 cups
- Gather all your ingredients to make the Spritz cookies.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a mixing bowl, add the softened cream cheese and butter. In a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer with flat paddle or an electric beater, cream the two together on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Scrape the side of the mixing bowl.
- Add the sugar and the vanilla. Continue mixing until the cream cheese, butter, and sugar mixture is combined and fluffy. Remember to scrape the side of the bowl again.
- In three different parts, add the all purpose flour to the creamed mixture. Make sure to scrape the side of bowl one last time after all the flour is added.
- Place the proper disk into the cap of your cookie press. Screw the cap onto the barrel of the press. Fill the spritzer cookie press with as much of the cookie dough that you can. Place the last piece of the cookie press on the other end.
- Press the formed cookies directly onto a cookie sheet.
- Before the butter cookies are baked in the oven they could be sprinkled with edible decorations before baking. Sprinkles are added by simply sprinkling onto the tops after coming out of the cookie press. Jimmies, colored sugars, and any small edible decoration will work.
- Place into a 350°F oven and bake until they are lightly golden-brown on the bottom. This spritzer cookie recipe is great in any of the three stages of doneness: light – no color on the bottom but the cookies are done, medium – the bottom is ½ golden-brown and ½ no color, dark – the bottom is all golden-brown in color.
- Let the butter cookie recipe cool and then remove from the baking sheet.
- Don't use parchment paper, cooking spray, or a silicone cooking mat.
- The cookies should be the same shape and size on the cookie sheet pan so that they do not get over baked or under baked.
- You want the cookie dough to stick to the baking sheet when it’s pressed out. Chilling the cookie dough will make it stiff and not want to stick to the pan.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 233Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 10gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 45mgSodium 136mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 3g
Note: For exact nutritional information, consult your dietitian. All nutritional information is simply a guideline.
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