Spritsar (Spritz or Wreath Cookies)

recipe
Prep and Cook Time: about 1 hour. Notes: You can store Swedish spritz cookies airtight for up to 3 days.

Yield:

Makes about 32 cookies

Recipe from

Sunset

Nutritional Information

Calories 111
Caloriesfromfat 51 %
Protein 1.3 g
Fat 6.3 g
Satfat 3.7 g
Carbohydrate 12 g
Fiber 0.3 g
Sodium 59 mg
Cholesterol 35 mg

Ingredients

1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
About 1/2 cup green candied (glacé) cherries (optional)
About 1/4 cup red candied (glacé) cherries (optional)

Preparation

1. In a bowl, with an electric mixer on high speed, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until well blended. Stir or beat in flour.

2. Scrape dough, a portion at a time, into a cookie press fitted with a rosette or star-shaped plate. Press dough through plate onto buttered or cooking parchment-lined 12- by 15-inch baking sheets (you'll need three total) into 2-inch rings, spacing them about 1 1/2 inches apart. If desired, decorate seams where ends meet: Cut each green cherry lengthwise into eight wedges and each red cherry lengthwise into four wedges; cut wedges in half crosswise. Arrange on wreaths to simulate holly sprigs. Or, for simpler cookies, choose any shape extrusion plate and press dough through it into solid mounds about 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets.

3. Bake cookies in a 350° oven until golden brown, about 6 to 18 minutes; switch pan positions halfway through baking. With a wide spatula, transfer cookies to racks to cool.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per cookie.

Note:

Rhoda Johnson Laffaw, Gig Harbor, Washington,

November 2003
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