Quick-mix Spritz Cookies

Quick-mix Spritz Cookies

Quick-mix Spritz Cookie RecipeEvery Christmas I make dozens and dozens of spritz cookies.  Partially I make them to share with others, and partially I make them so that I can overdose on the dough.  Granny Foy’s spritz cookie dough has to be one of my favorite things in the entire world.  My mom used to host open house parties at Christmas for the hundreds of people in my dad’s church choirs, and every year she made these delicious little wreath-shaped Spritz cookies with just the right amount of icing.  It was all I could do to not devour every cookie–they were displayed in every room on little plates–several little bite-sized morsels of sweet, crunchy Christmas perfection.

Making spritz cookies requires a cookie press, and my mom has the old-timey kind you twist to push the dough out.  Mine is more of a pump-style press, where you just pump the handle once and get the right amount of dough for one cookie.  It makes for super-quick cookie pressing, and it results in a few extra pounds gained each year at Christmas time.  In fact, when my kids were preschool-aged and I was at home full-time, I looked for every excuse to make a batch of spritz cookies.  We had them for Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and every holiday in between.

Spritz Cookie Recipe for GiftsI recently had the joy of teaching a Chinese couple how to bake these spritz cookies, as baking is not a typical kitchen skill learned in their culture.  I loved watching Yong experience vegetable shortening for the first time.  The highlight of the day was seeing Chinese symbols carefully painted with icing on the Christmas tree-shaped cookies.  What a great intersection of cultures happening right here in my very own kitchen!  If you don’t have any international friends, I highly recommend making some.  All you have to do is look around, find one, and introduce yourself.  They are a treasure of friendship and blessing just waiting to be discovered.

Anyhow, without further ado, here is the recipe…

Quick-Mix Spritz Cookie Recipe

  • Makes 5 dozen
  • Bake 375º, 8-10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Icing Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon clear vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons cream or evaporated milk
  • Food color paste

Instructions

  1. Whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt).
  2. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the shortening into the dry ingredients.  It will resemble pie crust (fine lumps).
  3. Measure egg in a measuring cup.  If it is not 1/4 cup, fill to 1/4 cup line with water added to egg.
  4. Add egg and vanilla to dough mixture and mix together well. Once it becomes like dough, you will need to hand-knead until the dough is consistent.
  5. Press out on cookie sheet with a cookie press.
  6. Bake at 375º for 8-10 minutes and remove from cookie sheet immediately.  Do not brown.
  7. Allow to cool, and then stir together icing.  Ice with a pastry bag as desired.

 

 

A creative lifestyle and DIY blogger, I make something in every spare moment. Sewing, knitting, baking, crafting, and anything else requiring thoughtful creativity or that will make my family happy top the list of the things I like to do.

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