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Easy Spritz Cookies: Buttery and Delicious

These Spritz Cookies are an easy recipe that makes dozens of sweet bite-size, dense cookies with a delicious buttery vanilla flavor. A quick and simple Christmas cookie for trays, gifts, or tea.

Plate of decorated Spritz Cookies for Christmas

Plus, using a spritz cookie press has never been easier. And believe me — I’ve tried many! These bite-size cookies in delightful shapes can be decorated and tinted to your heart’s desire.

For me, Spritz Cookies are a Christmas cookie classic. Growing up, my mother’s holiday cookie tray always held these little gems, decorated for the season.

And now, it isn’t Christmas without green-tinted Christmas trees, wreaths, and snowflakes on my own tray.

What to Love About Spritz Cookies

  • No chilling of cookie dough required.
  • Bakes in 7 to 8 minutes.
  • Creates perfectly shaped cookies in no time at all!
  • Makes sweet gifts and is perfect for the holidays, showers, or for gift giving.

What are Spritz Cookies?

Much like butter cookies or sugar cookies, spritz cookies are buttery, sweet, and hold their shape when baked.

Similar in flavor to shortbread cookies, but are not crumbly, and can easily be made into dozens of different shapes.

Scandinavian in origin, spritz cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie whose name is derived from the German word “spritzen,” which means to “squirt.”

Spritz Cookie Press

I’ve had a love/not love relationship with cookie presses over the years. Have owned several and tried many. This year, I came across the Oxo Cookie Press and absolutely love it with this Spritz Cookie recipe! (This is not a sponsored post, by the way).

As I hoped, it was incredibly easy to use with a non-slip base that worked really well.

Ingredients for Spritz Cookies

Specific measurements are in the recipe cards at the bottom of this post, but here are the ingredients you will need:

  • Unsalted butter, softened
  • Granulated sugar
  • Large egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt

How to Make Spritz Cookies

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Step 1: Cream the Butter

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until combined, scraping the bowl as necessary.

Spritz Cookie dough in a glass bowl

Step 2: Add Flour

Then mix in the flour and salt and continue to beat until completely incorporated.

Step 3: Press the Dough

Follow the manufacturer’s direction to press the dough through the cookie press. On my press, I place a decorative plate in the base of the press and fill the tube with cookie dough.

Hold the cookie press perpendicular to the baking sheet, press the cookie dough onto the baking sheet, leaving a 2-inch space between. If adding sprinkles, lightly brush a tiny bit of water over the pressed cookies before adding sprinkles.

Unbaked Spritz Cookies on baking sheet with cookie press

Step 4: Bake the Cookies

Bake until slightly browned on the edges of the cookies; 7 to 9 minutes.

How to Make Spritz Cookies Ahead

The cookie dough can be chilled for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Let frozen cookie dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature. Baked cookies freeze really well in airtight containers for up to 3 to 4 months; thaw before serving.

Adding Flavorings to Spritz Cookies

Although I’m in love with a vanilla butter cookie, you can add festive and delicious flavorings to cookie dough. Here are a few ideas:

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the dough
Vertical top view of a spritz cookies on a white platter
Plate of decorated Spritz Cookies for Christmas

Easy Spritz Cookies Recipe

Yield: 80 cookies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

These Spritz Cookies are an easy recipe that makes dozens of sweet bite-size, dense cookies with a delicious buttery vanilla flavor. A quick and simple Christmas cookie for trays, gifts, or tea.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract (*see notes)
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a handheld mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla; beat until combined, scraping the bowl as necessary.
  3. Then mix in the flour and salt and continue to beat until completely incorporated.
  4. Follow the manufacturer's direction to press the dough through the cookie press. On my press, I place a decorative plate in the base of the press and fill the tube with cookie dough. Holding the press perpendicular to the baking sheet, press the cookie, leaving a 2-inch space between. If adding sprinkles, lightly brush a tiny bit of water over the pressed cookies before adding sprinkles.
  5. Bake until slightly browned on the edges of the cookies; 7 to 9 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and let cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a rack to cool completely.

Notes

Make-Ahead:

The cookie dough can be chilled for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. Let frozen cookie dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator before bringing to room temperature. Baked cookies freeze really well in airtight containers for up to 3 to 4 months; thaw before serving.

Added Flavorings:

If you want to add additional flavoring to the cookie dough, reduce the vanilla to 1 teaspoon and add one of the following:

  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to the dough

Food Coloring:

If you want to tint the dough, as I've done, 1 drop of gel food coloring is all you need. Be sure to use sparingly.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 80 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 22Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

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