Light, crisp, and so buttery, these spritz cookies are a beloved holiday tradition. So good with a warm cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa!

An assortment of buttery spritz cookies, on a red and green plate with holiday greenery in the background.

Ah, spritz cookies!

These cookies bring back SO many memories!

When I was little, there was really only one kind of cookie we ever made, and they were spritz.

Spritz Cookies: light, crisp, and so buttery!  This was the best recipe I've ever tried, they practically melted in my mouth!  #food #desserts #cookies #spritzcookies #buttercookies #christmas #holiday #baking

We had a copper cookie press with a screw on the top, and we’d turn the screw, watch the dough come out, and then sprinkle the tops with colored sugar. It was a Christmas tradition, and one that I looked forward to all year long!

So, when I decided I should have a spritz recipe here, I messaged my mom and asked her if she still had the one we always used to use.

She did!

And she told me that the recipe had come from her sister, my Aunt Barbara. She told me Aunt Barb would make them every year. It was HER tradition!

In fact, she had so many Christmas traditions. She was really into Christmas, and would always work so hard to make sure it was special for everyone in the family. Cookies, gifts, decorations, all of it was led by Aunt Barbara.

So I’m really happy to be able to share this here, in honor of my Aunt!

Spritz Cookies: light, crisp, and so buttery!  This was the best recipe I've ever tried, they practically melted in my mouth!  #food #desserts #cookies #spritzcookies #buttercookies #christmas #holiday #baking

A LOT of batches of spritz cookies made this post possible. I wanted to make sure I had everything just right! So, I did make a few tweaks to the original. But I think Aunt Barb would approve!

Spritz cookies can be a little tricky to make, so after all those batches I have a few tips that might make things easier:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar together until very pale and fluffy. This takes about 5 minutes with an electric mixer, and it will help your cookies to be so light and tender!
  2. Don’t overwork the dough once the flour has been added. Just mix until the flour is incorporated and then stop. Otherwise, your cookies could come out tough.
  3. Don’t grease your baking sheets or line them with parchment paper. Usually, I’m a parchment paper girl, but in this case it will cause the dough to adhere more to your cookie press than to your baking sheet.
  4. You might need to click the cookie press more than once to get the dough to release.
  5. Bake just until beginning to turn golden around the edges.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks at room temperature.

And be sure to scroll past the recipe card, for an affiliate sales link to the cookie press I like best!

An assortment of buttery spritz cookies, on a red and green plate with holiday greenery in the background.

More great cookie recipes on my “Cookie Recipes Galore” Pinterest board!


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An assortment of buttery spritz cookies, on a red and green plate with holiday greenery in the background.
Spritz Cookies
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Light, crisp, and so buttery, these spritz cookies are a beloved holiday tradition. So good with a warm cup of tea, coffee, or cocoa!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: spritz cookies
Servings: 60 small cookies, approximately
Calories: 85 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • assorted colored sugars/sprinkles for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugar together until very pale and fluffy (about 5 minutes).
  3. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts until incorporated.
  4. Add the egg and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir together until just barely combined.
  6. Load the dough into a cookie press, and form shapes on baking sheets.
  7. Sprinkle with colored sugar/sprinkles to garnish.
  8. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden around the edges.
Nutrition Facts
Spritz Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 85 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 11mg 0%
Potassium 14mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.9%
Calcium 0.4%
Iron 2.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.