Happy Holidays!!! We've reached my favorite time of the year - Christmas! Christmas time is so magical for me: the decorations, the lights and most importantly, the FOOD! Christmas sweets are at the top of my list and spritz cookies are at the tippy top. I mean how cute are these cookies! They can be Christmas trees or wreathes or stars or camels and you can decorate them however you'd like. Plus the recipe is super simple. The recipe I've always used is my mom's mother's recipe. My mom gave me a copy of this recipe in my grandmother's handwriting, so it's very close to my heart. Unfortunately, she passed away before I was born, but I bet we would have spent every Christmas making these cookies together.
The only downside of spritz cookies is you need a cookie press. For years, I used my grandmother's (pictured below). It was incredibly difficult to use, so this year I bought one from the 21st century which made things much easier.
These cookies are perfect for a cookie party, a holiday get together or to give to Santa on Christmas Eve. This recipe makes a lot of cookies, so you can make they all at once, bake them all and freeze them or bake some and freeze the remaining dough (which is what I did). Let's get cooking!
Photo by WildPlumTree
Grandma Qualter's Spritz Cookies
4 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups room temperature butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
Food coloring (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Next, cream butter and sugar with a mixer. Add eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time. Incorporate the dry ingredients slowly into the wet mixture and mix until fully combined.
Add food coloring if using. Using your cookie press, press cookies onto a cold cookie sheet. Fill the entire sheet. Now is the time to add the sprinkles. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.
Step-by-Step Photo Guide
Preheat oven to 350. Sift the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
Cream together butter and sugar. Then add eggs. Slowly add the flour mixture until completely incorporated.
Press cookies onto cookie sheet. Add sprinkles before baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
And my favorite step, eat!