Holiday Spritz Cookies

Cookie-Pressed Spritz

Cookie decorating isn't just about adding icing! With the help of a cookie press, you can add Christmas shapes of these picture-perfect cookies.

 

They may look store-bought, but with the help of a cookie press, these buttery Holiday Spritz Cookies are super simple to make at home. Everyone will be impressed.

YIELDS:  40 servings
PREP TIME: 0 hours 20 mins
TOTAL TIME:  1 hour 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 c. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Red and green gel food coloring, if desired
  • Royal Icing, for decorating
  • Sprinkles, for decorating

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, whisk together flour and salt.

  2. In large bowl, using electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, 4 to 6 minutes. Reduce mixer speed to medium, add egg yolk and vanilla, and beat 5 min.

  3. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Then, using spatula, fold dough until it forms a ball. If desired, use food coloring to tint some or all of dough.

  4. Fill cookie press according to manufacturer’s instructions. Hold cookie press so it touches a baking sheet (do not line or grease sheet), then squeeze and lift away, spacing cookies 1 inch apart (you will need at least 2 large baking sheets).

  5. Bake, rotating positions of baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are light golden brown around edges, 11 to 13 minutes. Let cookies cool 1 minute on sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  6. Bake, rotating positions of baking sheets halfway through, until cookies are light golden brown around edges, 11 to 13 minutes. Let cookies cool 1 minute on sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  7. Decorate cooled cookies as desired with Royal Icing and sprinkles