Grandma’s Spritz Cookies

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling


6-1/2 dozen

Updated: Jan. 31, 2023
To make these festive classic spritz cookies, I use my grandmother's antique cookie press. I'm the only one in the family who can still get it to work! —Suzanne Kern, Louisville, Kentucky
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  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • Dash salt
  • Optional: Assorted sprinkles and colored sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large mixing bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Add egg and almond extract; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture until blended.
  2. Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough shapes 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking sheets. If desired, sprinkle with toppings. Bake until set (do not brown), 7-8 minutes.

Classic Spritz Cookies Tips

How can you make spritz cookies your own?

Spritz cookies are a holiday classic, and a must for any cookie tray. The shapes, flavors and decorations you can use are practically endless! Substitute different extracts or spices, try dipping or drizzling in chocolate, or even sandwiching two with some jam in the middle. For Christmas, tint half of the dough with red food coloring and the other half for even more color. Here are our favorite spritz cookie recipes for inspiration!

How can you stop the cookie dough from spreading while baking?

If your spritz cookies are spreading, there are a few tricks you can try. First, make sure you’re using ungreased, unlined cookie sheets, because classic spritz cookies require ungreased metal to grip (and won’t stick when baking!). You can also try slightly refrigerating your dough, but make sure to keep an eye on it—your dough needs to be pliable enough to go through the press. A chilled baking sheet can also help in a pinch! Here are some more tips on how to make spritz cookies.

How do you store classic spritz cookies?

These classic spritz cookies will last in an airtight container for about 2 weeks at room temperature or up to 6 months in the freezer. No matter the cookie, make sure all your hard work doesn’t go to waste by storing them incorrectly! Check out our guide on how to store cookies.

Maggie Knoebel, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant

Nutrition Facts

1 cookie: 44 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.