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Spritzgebac or Cookie Press Cookies | The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book

Updated on December 16, 2010

Spritzgeback or as we Americans call them Spritz Cookies have their origin in Germany. This Recipe is an update to the original Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book, though I can’t imagine why it was left out of the first edition since this was an integral part of Christmas at our house during my early years. In the German tradition it is a recipe that lends itself to participation by children and it really opens up a child’s creativity when it comes to decorating them with icing and sprinkles.

These cookies handle the mail stream well so if you have a soldier to bake for, pack them up in a tin and send them on their way to bring a bit of home and hearth to him and his buddies. So here is the recipe that you can have lots of fun with; Do Enjoy!



3 ½ cups All Purpose Flower

1 tsp Baking Powder

½ tsp Almond Extract (for a variation use Lemon, or Cherry Extract here)

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1 ½ cups Butter

1 cup Granulated Sugar

1 Egg

2 tblsp Milk

Variations – Add Food Coloring at the end of the mixing process, do it gradually to get the color you desire.

Preheat Oven to 375 F (191 C)

  1. In a Medium Mixing Bowl cream Butter, and Sugar; add Milk, Egg, Vanilla, and Almond Extracts; beat well.
  2. In a separate Bowl stir Flour and Baking Powder together then gradually add to Creamed Butter mix beat until dough is smooth. Do Not Chill
  3. Load dough into your cookie press and press on to ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 10-12 minutes in your preheated oven or until lightly brown around the edges, Remove from cookie sheet to a cooling rack and allow to cool before decorating.

Yield 7-8 dozen cookies

If you don’t have a Press you can do this with cake decorating bags and tips but you’ll want to use one of the heavier duty bags during the process.


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    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Do Enjoy Pink U - I know he'll have a happy Birthday!

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      the pink umbrella 

      7 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      im going to make these in elmo shape for my sons birthday!! yummy!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Merry Christmas HP and Do Enjoy!

    • H P Roychoudhury profile image

      H P Roychoudhury 

      7 years ago from Guwahati, India

      Thanks for little cookies. Marry Christmas

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Dsllas Have fun and Do Enjoy!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Gus- My Granddad on my Moms side was German and my Grandma showed us all how to make them, I had a friend whose wife worked in a Lebkucen Factory in Nurenburg Germany When I was stationed there. So we used to get them free all great stuff. Do Enjoy!

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      Dallas W Thompson 

      7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Great thing to do: bake cookies while it is raining. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gustave Kilthau 

      7 years ago from USA

      Big John (HammerJammer) - Nice recipe! One thing we Krauts like to eat is baked stuff. Another classic German Christmas-time cookie is named "lebkuchen," and it is a lot like gingerbread with a large number of spices. Yet another typical German Christmas-time cookie is the "springerle." That one is anise-flavored and decorated with images formed by pressing the dough with an image-forming mold. Those doggone things are each good for a week's worth of chomping - hardest doggoned cookies in the world (like square rocks). It's time for us to give your recipe a try this weekend. Thanks.

      Gus :-)))

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Glad to be of Service Pam DO Enjoy!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have never made those cookies but I also like them very much. I use to get them from a friend before we moved to FL. Guess I need to stand up and do it! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Do Enjoy BPOP and a Merry Christmas to ya!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      I love these cookies. I have a dear friend who always bakes some for my family. I think they will be arriving soon. Thanks for the recipe, Hmr.

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Thanks for stopping by Bobbi, Glad I could help, and Do Enjoy!

    • BobbiRant profile image


      7 years ago from New York

      I adore these little cookies. We have friends who bake them sometimes and give us some as gifts. I love this hub. Now I can bake some. Thank you.


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