Spritz cookies are something you have probably had for years but never really knew the name of them. They are the little shortbread-like trees and snowflakes with colorful sugar topping (or in some cases drizzle or red hots…) that you can find on almost every holiday potluck spread.
Spritz cookies are super easy to make, however to be truly festive, I would recommend one piece of cooking equipment that turns the dough into the festive designs you enjoy eating.
Cookie presses aren’t just for Christmas, however that is when they get the most use. The cost can be anywhere from $13 at Wal Mart to $30 at Sur La table. I bought mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $15.99 (after using one of their ever-available 20% off coupons!).
I would suggest doing a quick price check before heading out to buy one, because the Wilton Preferred Cookie Press that I bought ranged in price from $15.99 all the way up to $36.99 on-line.
If you don’t have a cookie press, you can roll the dough into small balls and then flatten into quarter to half dollar sized rounds.
The fun thing about these cookies is that you can decorate them in so many different ways! If you want to use colored sugar or little sugar balls, add them to the cookies before placing in the oven.
If you would prefer to go with a sweet vanilla drizzle, wait until the cookies have cooled. Or if you just want to enjoy the natural taste of the cookie without anything on top!
If you would like to add a citrus taste to your cookies, or are making these in the spring for Easter or general enjoyment, change up the flavoring by replacing the optional almond extract in favor of lemon extract or lemon zest. These cookies are great for any event, regardless of the season!