Southern Living
Prep Time
1 Hour
Chill Time
10 Mins
Bake Time
10 Mins
Yield
Makes about 6 dozen

Light, tender, and not too sweet, these spritz cookies are exactly what you look for in a classic Christmas cookie. These delightful treats are delicate in texture, but rich and buttery in flavor, offering a satisfying, melt-in-your-mouth bite. Whether you use a cookie press or a piping bag with a tip, this versatile dough is easy to mold into authentic and festive cookie shapes. Give them as a gift or whip them up for your next cookie swap. With endless options for decorative designs and toppings, these classic spritz cookies add visual appeal to any holiday cookie assortment.  

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 2

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

Step 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.)

Step 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.

Step 5

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

Step 6

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

Chef's Notes

For this recipe, sift the flour after measuring it.

Ratings & Reviews

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practicingchef
December 13, 2015
These were good, but they lacked the buttery-ness I want in a sugar-style cookie. They were also VERY difficult to squeeze through my cookie press.

practicingchef's Review

MeganCone
December 19, 2012
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