Christmas Spritz Cookies
This festive little cookie has been a Christmas favorite of mine ever since I can remember. I would eat these at a friend's house and I was in awe over the cute shapes and different colors of these cookies. If the cookies had sprinkles on top, I was in heaven! For me, these cookies meant Christmas was in the air. The buttery taste and tenderness of spritz cookies makes these "melt in your mouth" gems.
Christmas Spritz Cookies originated in either Germany or Sweden. No one is sure which country made them first and then shared with their neighbors. Their history is a bit sketchy, because before long, spritz cookies were popular all over Europe.
They are a very delicate cookie which is made by using a cookie press featuring different design plates. The cookies are pushed through the press and put directly on a baking sheet. Christmas Spritz Cookies can be eaten plain or drizzled with sugar glaze and as I like them with a few sprinkles on top.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- food coloring (optional)
- 1 cup confectioners sugar
- 1 tbls. milk
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- sprinkles (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 F.
- In a large mixer bowl cream butter and sugar.
- Add egg and vanilla, mixing well.
- Add food coring, if desired.
- Add flour a little at a time until incorporated.
- Place mixture into cookie press.
- Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 8-9 minutes or until lightly browned.
- Let cookies cool.
- In a small bowl, mix sugar, milk and vanilla.
- Add more sugar or milk, until drizzling consistency.
- Lightly drizzle over cookies.
- Add sprinkles, if desired.