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
- Preheat oven 375 degrees.
- Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Put aside.
- With an electric mixer, beat butter and shortening until fluffy.
- Add sugar gradually and continue to beat for about 5 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add egg and vanilla. Beat well.
- 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.
- The dough will be stiff.
- Fill and assemble the cookie press according to the directions. Use the disc of your choice.
- 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.
- Before baking I garnished with a small piece of candied cherry. There are many other ways that you may choose to garnish them.
- 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!