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Dutch Spritz Cookies for the Holidays
Ready for holiday baking? Try Spritz cookies!
Holidays and baking go hand in hand and for many years I missed out on this, because I was too busy with other stuff. Well, this past weekend I baked so much, my house smelled like a bakery and I loved it! I almost forgot how much I really enjoy baking. Two recipes and many batches later I had baked more than 700 cookies! These were for a special event, but ... I think I'm ready for holiday baking!
If you're looking for a new recipe, try the Dutch Spritz cookies. I used a very old recipe from my mom's cookbook. The crispy, buttery cookies are delicious and very addicting. Believe me, one will never be enough!
Having the right tool is half the job!
Get an accurate scale
Even better: one that converts.
Since this is a Dutch recipe, the measurements are metric and I recommend using an accurate kitchen scale. From experience I know, that the minute you try to "wing" it, is when you get a totally different result.
Get a good digital scale that gives both grams and ounces. I use a Sharper Image scale.
If you don't have one that converts, use this cooking conversion table.
A good quality mixer
is worth the investment.
A good mixer will make your life easy and can help deliver amazing results. Can you imagine whipping up your batter by hand with a wooden spoon until the sugar has melted? We've come a long way baby, and there are so many choices nowadays.
I used to prefer a hand mixer because I could whip the batter fluffy and light, just the way I liked it. Then I got a stand alone mixer as a gift, and I really liked having my hands free to add ingredients.
Now I have a Kitchenaid and I'm loving it, because it does a super job of mixing a variety of batters and scraping the batter from the side of the bowl too, something I remember doing manually with my first stand alone.
Cookie press or shooter
Make them pretty!
I am using the electric I've had for over 25 years and it is super fast. Unfortunately it is no longer manufactured, but you may be able to get one of the used ones still for sale. Wear Ever Super Shooter
Of course you can use any cookie press you like, but to me electric beats manual or battery any day, and the Super Shooter is truly one of the best tools in my kitchen.
Use a reliable oven
Gas or electric?
The next important item for baking is not something you just go out and buy any day. Your oven can make or break your baking!
I am using a gas oven and although I love it, I often wondered if an electric oven would not give better temperature control for even baking.
According to one professional chef, both are equally good. A gas oven however, heats faster and starts the baking process sooner. Another advantage is: less dry air than an electric oven.
Okay, I'm good with my gas oven, so I'm keeping it...
Gas or Electric Ovens
What type of oven do you have?
Some smaller tools
Besides the big tools, you also need all kinds of smaller tools to feel like the real Kitchen King or Queen. I love kitchen gadgets, but that's for another lens. Here are some smaller tools I always use when baking.
Flexible spatulas to mix and scrape the bowls
Cookies won't stick to the cookie sheets
No more burned cookies!
To give away your baked goodies
This is the recipe for Dutch Spritz cookies. You will enjoy their crispy, delicate butter and vanilla flavor.
Use this cooking conversion table if your scale does not convert.
- 160 g butter, salted
- 100 g granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 200 g flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- Sugar sprinkles for decorating (optional)
- Mix the butter with the sugar until soft.
- Add egg and vanilla and continue to mix.
- Blend the flour with baking powder, sift and add to the mixture.
- Cover cookie sheets with parchment paper.
- Fill cookie shooter or cookie press to make the cookies.
- Decorate with sugar sprinkles. (optional)
- Bake at 275 degree F (preheated) oven for about 20-25 minutes until light brown.
- Take cookies out of the often to cool off.
- Enjoy your special Dutch treat!
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