Recipe by Sarah Phillips; Food styling and photos by Kelly Hong © 2000 Sarah Phillips CraftyBaking.com
Variations: Chocolate Spritz Cookies; Lemon, Orange or Almond Sritz Cookies; Glazed Spritz Cookies; Easy Spritz Cookie Recipe; Chocolate-dipped Spritz Cookies
What holiday cookie assortment would be complete without Spritz? They are traditional Christmas cookies in Scandinavian countries and in many American homes and are especially popular at Christmastime. My mother made these every Christmas since I was little, and I make them now! My children both love these little butter cookies with milk! Be sure to use real and fresh butter, as this recipe depends on it for its flavor. We use this recipe to make our Spritz Cookie Trees.
The name "spritz" comes from "spritzen," which is German for "to squirt or spray" and possibly originated in Germany. Spritz cookies are called that because they are made by dough being "pushed" or "squirted" from a cookie press. You'll notice that spritz cookie dough does not include leaveners, such as baking powder and baking soda or beaten egg whites. This is so cookie won't puff much or spread during baking. That's so the impressions that are made through the cookie press stay when the cookies are baked. A Norwegian tradition is to make them in shapes of S's and O's. Today, spritz cookies are formed into a variety of shapes still using a cookie press. Use the Christmas tree, dog, flower or star shaped disc and top each with a maraschino cherry half before baking.
If you have trouble pressing cookies, see Pressed Cookies: Problems with Solutions.
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