Basic Spritz Cookies


This recipe is really a throwback to my college days when I was a flunky for the head of the Home Economic’s Department.  I probably  made a million of these Spritz Cookies and became quite a natural with a cookie press.   These little cookies are quick to make,  but I am hesitant about using the word easy.  The dough is quite easy to prepare as long as you can operate a mixer, but the kicker for some could be the use of a cookie press.   Following the directions  in the Use and Care Manual will be a great help .  I found  the diagrams  are very easy to follow.   Now it may take a couple of tries to get the feel of how long to press the trigger, but you can just throw the dough back in the press and start over.  If you don’t have a cookie press I encourage you to run out an get one especially if you have children.  They love this gadget!  You and your family can make some great  holiday memories!  Check out the little puppies we made at the insistence of one of my angels!

Here is the stiff dough to place in the cookie press.


Basic Spritz Cookies

Yield: 6 dozen


  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup crisco
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven 375 degrees.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Put aside.
  3. With an electric mixer, beat butter and shortening until fluffy.
  4. Add sugar gradually and continue to beat for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
  5. Add egg and vanilla.  Beat well.
  6. Add flour mixture in 3 additions. DO NOT add it all at once.  Mix in about 1/3 of it at a time.  I stop the mixer when adding the flour.
  7. The dough will be stiff.
  8. Fill and assemble the cookie press according to the directions.  Use the disc of your choice.
  9. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  This is one cookie that you cannot bake on parchment paper.  The dough will not adhere to the paper.  It pulls away with the press.
  10. Before baking I garnished with a small piece of candied cherry.  There are many other ways that you may choose to garnish them.
  11. Bake 10-12 minutes or until they start to turn lightly golden around the edges.  Be careful not to over bake.  Check out my photos.  They do not brown!

Little Christmas Puppies



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36 responses to “Basic Spritz Cookies

  1. acanadianfoodie

    Such cute little reindeer!!!

  2. bellingtonfarm

    I “inherited” my grandmom’s cookie press and her Spritz recipe which is very close to the one above. They make a perfectly wonderful cookie!!

  3. bellingtonfarm

    I “inherited” my grandmom’s cookie press and her Spritz recipe which is very close to this one. Make them every year at Christmas as they are in great demand! LOL…. a really wonderful cookie

  4. Ashleigh 3rd

    Dont put them on a hot cookie sheet.

  5. Maddie Langley 3rd

    When using the cookie press make sure that the dough isnt packed down into the machine.

  6. Gracie Nauman

    i learned from cooking the spritz that if you cook them on a darker cookie sheet you have to cook them on a lower temperature

  7. Jennifer

    I learned that leaving the beater on while adding flour is ill-advised because it could blow out all over the place.

  8. ethan agan

    I learned you shouldnt cook 2 cookie sheets in the oven at one time.

  9. Emily Gilbert

    I learned that with this type of cookie, you cannot use parchment paper. They will not stick.

  10. Courtney Brown

    I learned that you don’t always have to use parchment paper when cooking cookies!

  11. Paloma

    I didn’t know that this is one cookie that you cannot bake on parchment paper. The dough will not adhere to the paper and It pulls away with the press.

  12. olivia sizemore

    i learned that you didnt need to grease the pan.

  13. Tori Attison

    I learned that you should not add in the flour all at once but in 1/3 and to stop the mixer when adding in the flour.

  14. jenny borges

    the cooks look very good

  15. destiny parker

    I learned to put one tray in the oven one a time because if you put two in the cookies will not come out right.

  16. carlie

    i learned that you need to stop the mixer when adding in the flour so that it doesnt get all over the place and to not add the flour all at once

  17. curtis

    looke yummy and pritty

  18. Brea Western

    Only cook them until they are brown on the sides.

  19. nmilush

    the cookie press is hard

  20. Miracle McDaniel (3rd)

    Do NOT cook these on parchment paper

  21. Hannah McManus 3rd

    I learned that you cannot bake on parchment paper unlike most cookies.

  22. james

    i learned how to use a cookie gun

  23. hannah schuster

    don’t use wax paper when baking these cookies.

  24. Cierra

    These Look Great. I Never Knew that If An Egg Was Raw, The Cookie Would Be Ruined .

  25. Brian Morrison

    Do not mix too much or you will form gulten

  26. JAsmine

    i learned that for this type of cookie you dont use a cookie sheet and ungreased.

  27. breanna swanson

    when mixing in ingredients be sure to mix in about 1/3 at a time

  28. Tiffani Willis

    When making these cookies make sure you have all your Ingredients together before making cookies.

  29. Karim

    These were nice and fast to make.

  30. yuseff carpenter

    very good ! And soft

  31. Dedriana Mims

    I learned that you can NOT bake these cookies on parchment paper.

  32. nestor gonzalez

    i made spritz the other day at home but i forgot some of the ingredients like vanilla and baking soda they didn’t come out to be like the ones you made for class , i tryed again but this time with your blog and recipe on my ipad
    lol it came out way better

  33. ariana

    Following the diagrams in the book it helps a lot and if you use cookie press it is a great help

  34. Betty

    Wanda, Too funny: I just bought a cookie press. On the way home, I bought parchment paper. Oops. I then read the instruction booklet and your blog. I only have nonstick cookie sheets. Do I need to buy a shiny cookie sheet? Will the other cookies, ginger and chocolate, or the cheese straws work on the dark sheets or the parchment paper? Thanks, and thanks for all your expertise and delicious recipes.

  35. rachael

    The cookies press was very interesting to learn how to use

  36. Cody W

    I learned not to add all the flour mix at once.

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