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Spritz Cookies

Prep time 1 hr
Chill time 10 mins
Bake time 10 mins
Yield Makes about 6 dozen
Spritz cookies are a classic Christmas cookie.  For truly authentic spritz cookies, be sure to invest in a cookie press to get that oh-so-perfect shape.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sugar*
  • 1/8 teaspoon red or green food coloring gel*
  • Chopped candied cherries (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Beat shortening at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add 3/4 cup sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, beating until blended.

  2. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder; gradually add to shortening mixture, beating at low speed until blended. Cover and chill 10 minutes.

  3. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and food coloring gel in a zip-top plastic bag, and seal; shake and squeeze bag to evenly distribute color. (Too much gel will make sugar wet.)

  4. Press dough into desired shapes using a cookie press. Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar, or top with candied cherries, if desired. Place cookies on ungreased baking sheets.

  5. Bake at 400° for 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool completely on wire racks.

  6. *Red or green decorator sugar crystals may be substituted for sugar and food coloring gel.

Cook's Notes

For this recipe, sift the flour after measuring it.