How to Make Tasty Spritz Cookies: Beautiful and buttery, these classic butter spritz cookies are the perfect treat for a cookie exchange or special gathering. Creative mix-ins or decorations will make each batch of spritz cookies one that’s uniquely your own.
Drizzle with melted chocolate, mix in chopped nuts or dried fruit, sprinkle with sparkling sugar, color them to match the season—however you choose to make these iconic butter cookies, we know they won’t disappoint! Plus, with 72 servings this recipe can be made and shared with everyone at your next cookie swap.
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature (226g)
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar (150g)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (293g)
Preheat oven to 350F.
Cream butter, salt, and sugar together in a stand mixer or with an electric whisk. Add the egg, almond extract, and vanilla until combined then scrape down the bowl.
If tinting the dough you should mix the food coloring in now then add the flour and mix until combined.
Fill your cookie press and choose a pattern then press cookies onto an unlined and ungreased baking sheet.
You can decorate with sprinkles before or after baking see notes. Bake at 350F for about 8 minutes or until the bottoms are JUST starting to turn golden.
- Calories: 41 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 5g
- Protein: 1g
- Fat: 2g
- Saturated Fat: 1g
- Cholesterol: 8mg
- Sodium: 16mg
- Potassium: 5mg
- Fiber: 1g
- Sugar: 2g
- Vitamin A: 74IU
- Calcium: 2 mg
- Iron: 1 mg
Q1. WHY ARE THEY CALLED SPRITZ COOKIES?
Spritz cookies come from the German word Spritzen which means to squirt referring to the way these cookies are squirted or rather pushed through a cookie press to create beautiful shapes.
Q2. CAN I MAKE THESE WITHOUT A COOKIE PRESS?
A cookie press is relatively inexpensive and super easy to find online but if you don’t have one don’t worry you can still make spritz cookies! You can pipe these cookies using a piping bag and nozzles. To make the dough easier to pipe you might need to mix in a little milk.
Q3. CAN I PREPARE THESE IN ADVANCE?
Yes, you can prepare the cookie dough then chill it in the fridge until you are ready to use it. Remember to let the cookie dough come to room temperature before pressing out your cookies.
Q4. WHAT CAN I USE TO DECORATE THEM?
You can decorate these cookies with any color of food coloring you like, fun sprinkles, chocolate chips, candied fruit, nuts, and of course sugar cookie icing.
Q5. HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
Baked cookies will keep well in an airtight container or cookie tin for up to 1 week. You can even wrap them in bags or boxes with a pretty ribbon a gift them to friends and family during the holidays.
Q6. CAN THEY BE FROZEN?
Yes, you can freeze this spritz cookie recipe in suitable containers then thaw completely before serving.