There are so many types of cookies. Easy peasy drop cookies where no molding is required, like chocolate chip cookies. Then there’s cookies stuffed with different fillings, like delicious cream-filled cookies. And then there are fancier looking cookies that are decorated and make you go “oooooh”, like sugar cookies or spritz cookies. These type of cookies are rich and buttery Scandinavian cookies. They get the name “spritz” because they are made by squirting or spraying the dough out of a cookie press that can come in a variety of shapes.
Rather than rolling out dough, cutting shapes and then decorating, the cookie press is just as easy as putting dough into the contraption, pumping out cookies in quick bursts and then decorating. Here’s the recipe I used to make these tasty treats.
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl. Then, add the egg, milk, vanilla extract and almond extract and beat well. In another bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together. Once mixed, gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients slowly while mixing to ensure it is incorporated well into a smooth dough. After, place the dough into your cookie press and pump the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Should you choose to decorate your cookies, you can add sprinkles, coloured sugar, etc. before baking it in the oven for 10-12 minutes (or until it is lightly browned around the edges).
This recipe makes about 7-8 dozen cookies, but don’t let the numbers fool you because they are small cookies. You can always make them plain, but I find adding some decorative pieces makes it more festive for the holidays.
As you can see, there are various flower patterns, snowflakes and Christmas trees with this kit. It came out a bit blurry (sorry!), but here’s a small and fuzzy shot of a little wreath I decorated with a tiny little gingerbread man. Isn’t it cute?
Recipe adapted from Wilton’s Classic Spritz Cookies