Thursday, December 8, 2011



Butter Spritz cookies are a classic, sweet, crisp (and light as a feather) cookie. They go together in a snap and when they are decorated with a little piece of candied cherry in the center (or any other holiday decoration you can think of), they are pretty enough for any Christmas cookie tray.

1 ½ cups butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract (see note)
3 ½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder

PREHEAT OVEN TO 375°. Thoroughly cream butter and sugar; add egg, milk and extracts and beat till smooth. Add flour and baking powder and mix until you have a nice thick, smooth dough. DO NOT CHILL IF YOU ARE GOING TO USE A COOKIE PRESS.

Place dough into cookie press and press cookies onto Ungreased cookie pan. Bake 10-12 minutes or until slightly browned around the edges. Cool cookies on a rack. Makes 7 to 8 dozen cookies (they are small).

NOTE: I sprinkle the cookies with sugar before baking, but you don't have to.

NOTE:  I make a variation of these that is Picky-picky Hubbies favorite. I omit the almond flavoring and instead, I add a full teaspoon of coconut extract. The final cookie doesn't taste like coconut, but it DOES have a wonderful sweet holiday taste, a lot like those Danish shortbread cookies that come in the round tin at Christmas (?)....very good.

NOTE: If you don’t have a cookie press, you can roll this dough into a log then roll the log in finely chopped nuts or sprinkles (pressing the nuts (or sprinkles) into the surface a little). Wrap the log in plastic wrap. Chill in fridge then slice and bake cookies until slightly golden.
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