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Spritz Cookies

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.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2004

  • Yield: Makes about 6 dozen
  • Prep time:1 Hour
  • Chill:10 Minutes
  • Bake:10 Minutes

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)

Preparation

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.

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

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.)

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.

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

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

Note:

For this recipe, sift the flour after measuring it.

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