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Buttery Spritz Cookies

This tender spritz cookie recipe is very eye-catching on my Christmas cookie tray. The dough is easy to work with, so it's fun to make these spritz cookies into a variety of festive shapes. This is hands down the best spritz cookie recipe ever. —Beverly Launius, Sandwich, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 7-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Melted semisweet chocolate, optional
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water
  • Colored sugar and sprinkles

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, cream butter, 1-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar and salt until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg and extracts. Gradually beat flour into creamed mixture.
  • Using a cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice, press dough 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake until set, 6-8 minutes (do not brown). Remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • If desired, dip in melted chocolate and let stand until set or, in a small bowl, mix remaining 1 cup confectioners' sugar and enough water to reach desired consistency. Dip cookies in glaze; decorate as desired. Let stand until set.

Buttery Spritz Cookie Tips

What is the secret to making spritz cookies?

There are several secrets to making spritz cookies. Check out our best spritz-making tips.

What is the best cookie press for spritz cookies?

In the Test Kitchen, we recommend this cookie press. But if you have a vintage, well-loved one in your family, that will work, too!

What can I use instead of a cookie press?

Instead of a cookie press, you can use a piping bag with different tips or scoop the dough into 1-in. balls and then press in a design with a fork. Check out some of our other favorite spritz cookies, like berry-filled ribbons, holly wreaths and gingerbread spritz. Research contributed by Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 43 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 30mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
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