Traditional Butter Spritz

Traditional Butter Spritz

My Butter Spritz Cookies are quite possibly a holiday tradition to every family I know! A wonderful German treat that is a delicate, crisp, little cookie with a deep buttery flavor and a hint of almond.

My Traditional Butternut SprItz Cookies are quite possibly a holiday tradition to every family I know! A wonderful German treat that is a delicate, crisp, little cookie with a deep buttery flavor and a hint of almond.

Countdown to Christmas Cookies – Week 5

Can you believe that tomorrow is December 1st? Holy moly time is going way to fast!  I am no where near ready for Christmas but that’s life as I know it. So, time to get my butt in gear and get moving….

What Christmas holiday cookie plate would be complete without these traditional Butter Spritz Cookies?  My grandmother, then my mother, and now I make these every Christmas season.  Butter Spritz cookies are a Christmas tradition in my family.

They are simple butter cookies, shaped by putting the dough through a cookie press.  The name comes from the German word spritzen, meaning “to squirt” because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs. And I simply love it!

Y’all these are seriously one of my all-time favorite cookies!

Butter Spritz cookies can be a little tricky to make, so after all those batches I have a few tips that might make things easier:

  • Cream the butter and sugar together until very pale and fluffy. This takes about 5 minutes with an electric mixer, and it will help your cookies to be so light and tender!
  • Don’t overwork the dough once the flour has been added. Just mix until the flour is incorporated and then stop. Otherwise, your cookies could come out tough.
  • Don’t grease your baking sheets or line them with parchment paper. Usually, I’m a parchment paper girl, but in this case it will cause the dough to adhere more to your cookie press than to your baking sheet.
  • You might need to click the cookie press more than once to get the dough to release.
  • Bake just until beginning to turn golden around the edges.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature.

 

My Traditional Butternut SprItz Cookies are quite possibly a holiday tradition to every family I know! A wonderful German treat that is a delicate, crisp, little cookie with a deep buttery flavor and a hint of almond.

Step 1

Mix.

Step 2

Chill.

Step 3

Squirt from cookie press.

Step 4

Bake.

Step 7

Glaze and Sprinkle.

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Traditional Butter Spritz

My Traditional Butternut SprItz Cookies are quite possibly a tradition to every family I know! A wonderful German cookie that is a delicate, crisp, little cookie with a deep buttery flavor and a hint of almond.

Course cookie, Snack
Cuisine American, German
Keyword almond, butter, cookie press, cookies
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 26 cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • Food coloring is desired
  • Decorations or sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together on medium speed, until light and fluffy.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract and a few drops of food coloring if desired.
  4. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for 1 hour.
  5. Place dough in a cookie press. Form shapes on untreated baking sheet; sprinkle if toppings.
  6. Bake 5 to 8 minutes or until set; do not brown.
  7. Immediately remove from baking sheet to a wire rack.
  8. Enjoy.


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