Buttery Spritz Cookies

Prep 10 mins
Cook 12 mins
Add'l 30 mins
Total 52 mins

Get in the mood for the countdown to Christmas with Buttery Spritz Cookies! These red, white and green cookies are the sweet little treats that are a totally irresistible addition to your cookie tray.

Overhead image of spritz cookies on a wire rack.

Old Fashioned Spritz Christmas Cookies

Okay, so these spritz cookies may not be covered in chocolate or frosting, but they are definitely worth taking the time to bake. They’re so colorful and festive! I can’t help but smile when I look at them… Christmas is only about a month away, you guys!

Coming back to the cookies, these Old Fashioned Spritz Cookies are a great treat for your kiddos to help with because they’re so easy to bake and decorate. How do I get those perfect shapes, pictured above? By using a Cookie Press! (Scroll down for more info on how it works.) 

I hope you all enjoy these cookies as much I do. Merry (early) Christmas, from my kitchen to yours!

Christmas cookies on a cookie platter.

What are Spritz Cookies?

Spritz cookies get their name from the German word ‘spritzen,’ meaning ‘to squirt’ in English. I don’t know if I’d describe using the cookie press as ‘squirting out cookies,’ but close enough. 

Taste-wise, spritz cookies are a lot like sugar cookies; sweet, soft, chewy, and totally delicious! They’re also kind of like shortbread cookies, but the egg makes them less crumbly. 

Ingredients for spritz cookies in white bowls.

Recipe Ingredients

Can’t you already smell that freshly-baked-cookie scent? Here’s what you’ll need to transform your imagination into reality:

*These colors can easily be customized according to the holiday/season.

Christmas spritz cookies on parchment paper with a sifter filled with powdered sugar.

How to Make Spritz Cookies

Let’s get these cookies into the oven and onto your table! Follow these 10 simple steps for fun and festive spritz cookies:

Cream Butter: In a large bowl, whip the butter until light and fluffy with a hand mixer or stand mixer.

Add: Sift in the powdered sugar into the bowl and beat again until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract and beat again until well combined. Sift in the flour and stir until combined.

Mix in Food Coloring: Divide the dough into three separate bowls. Mix as much of the green food coloring into one third of the dough until desired color reached. Repeat with the red food coloring, leaving the third bowl plain.

Chill the Dough: Cover the bowls and chill dough for 30 minutes in the fridge, or up to 48 hours.

Prep: Preheat the oven to 375°F and prepare a cookie baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.

Pick Cookie Shape: Select the cookie press shapes that you would like to use and push the dough into the tube according to the instructions on your cookie press manual. Place the disk shape that you are using on the tube and seal it.

Place Cookies: Press the cookies out onto the prepared baking sheet, not too far apart as these will not spread that much. Sprinkle your choice of sprinkles onto the cookies, if desired.

Bake Cookies: Bake for 6-7 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn a light golden color.

Let Cool: Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5-6 minutes before removing them from the pan and cooling completely on a cookie cooling rack.

Repeat: Repeat the baking process with the remaining dough then serve once cooled.

Spritz cookies on a cookie cooling rack!

What is a Cookie Press & How Do I Use It?

A cookie press is a cylindrical baking tool with a plunger on one end, and a disc with a cutout that will give the cookie its shape on the other end.

All you have to do is load the dough into the tube of the cookie press, carefully press down on the plunger with the opening of the cookie press on the baking sheet, and press out a cookie! Sometimes the cookie will stick to the press when you lift it up, but you can just gently peel it off and place it on the baking sheet. 

Tips for the Best Spritz Cookies

Read through some of these tips for the best results with your spritz cookies:

  • Dip Them in Chocolate: A chocolate coating (or a glaze) would be divine on these cookies.
  • Don’t Over-Bake: Once the edges of the cookies start to turn golden, pull them out and let them finish baking/cooling on the pan.
  • Getting the Dough to Stick: If the cookies won’t stick to the parchment paper you can remove it and just bake them on the pan, but this means you will have to watch the baking time even more closely. 
  • Cream the Butter and Sugar Well: The lighter and fluffier you can get it to be (I recommend at least 5 minutes), the easier the dough will go through the cookie press. 

How to Store These Cookies

These cookies can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container. If you want, you can store them in the freezer for 2-3 months in an airtight container, too. 

Spritz cookies arranged on a counter top.
Yield: 48-60 cookies

Buttery Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies on a cookie cooling rack!

Buttery Spritz Cookies are a colorful, festive way to celebrate Christmas! If you're looking for an easy Christmas cookie recipe, you're in the right place. Bonus: look how cute those sprinkles are!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 30 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 sticks of salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon of milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1-2 teaspoons of red food coloring
  • 1-2 teaspoons of green food coloring
  • Red sugar sprinkles
  • Green sugar sprinkles
  • Red, green and white variety sprinkles
  • Cookie press tube

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whip the butter until light and fluffy with a hand mixer or stand mixer.
  2. Sift in the powdered sugar into the bowl and beat again until smooth and fluffy. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract and beat again until well combined. Sift in the flour and stir until combined.
  3. Divide the dough into three separate bowls. Mix as much of the green food coloring into one third of the dough until desired color reached. Repeat with the red food coloring, leaving the third bowl plain.
  4. Cover the bowls and chill dough for 30 minutes in the fridge, or up to 48 hours.
  5. Preheat the oven to 375°F and prepare a cookie baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with non-stick spray.
  6. Select the cookie press shapes that you would like to use and push the dough into the tube according to the instructions on your cookie press manual. Place the disk shape that you are using on the tube and seal it.
  7. Press the cookies out onto the prepared baking sheet, not too far apart as these will not spread that much. Sprinkle your choice of sprinkles onto the cookies, if desired.
  8. Bake for 6 -7 minutes, or until the edges just start to turn a light golden color.
  9. Remove from the oven and let them cool for 5-6 minutes before removing them from the pan and cooling completely on a cookie cooling rack.
  10. Repeat the baking process with the remaining dough then serve once cooled.

Notes

These cookies can be stored for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 69Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 34mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 1g

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