Classic Spritz are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth almond cookies – created in bright colors and topped with sprinkles – that are popular around Christmastime. These little cookies bring a fun bit of holiday cheer to lunchboxes, afternoon snacks or holiday dessert tables.
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I used products from two of our sponsors in today’s recipe – classic spritz. This is a recipe that I grew up making with my mom every year. We would always make green Christmas trees and pink wreaths. We never varied the shapes or the colors, despite there being lots of options to choose from (like the flowers you see in these photos, or even candy canes).
I always thought these cookies were the best when they were still warm – soft, melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Growing up, when they cooled, they still had a buttery almond flavor but were a crunchier cookie. My uncle loved these cookies all of the time… I’d even make him a batch of Christmas trees mid-summer.
Although Spritz require a little special equipment and a little extra time, these cookies scream Christmas to me. I did tweak the recipe from the original, a photocopy of some old book my mom had stored away. Perhaps the original recipe from her own cookie press? The modifications are minimal – I lowered the cooking temperature and time, and added a quick refrigeration before baking. With these tweaks, I get a cookie that doesn’t brown on the bottom and stays soft longer – my personal favorite sort of cookie. However, if you prefer a crisp cookie, you can raise raise the baking temperature to 375F and bake for about 10 minutes, as the original recipe calls for.
- My recipes usually don’t require special equipment, but you do need a cookie press for these – you just can’t make them without. There’s a variety of cookies presses out there. I link to one that I’ve used and recommend below.
- I used Adams Extract Food Colors (aka Natural Colors) in this recipe. The color isn’t as vibrant as many that you’re used to because Adam’s Food Colors are free of artificial dyes. Instead, Adam’s uses vegetable juices and spices – how great is that? Because it’s not made from artificial dyes, you’ll end up using more than you would of other products – just start with a little and add until you get the color you’d like. I’ll also note that the color also fades a bit after baking, so a little extra won’t hurt.
- Decorate the cookies however you wish. Growing up, we always did some sort of sprinkles. For the Christmas trees below, I used Sprinkle Pop’s gold stars, to mimic Christmas lights. I used another Christmas sprinkle mix on the wreaths, but my wreathes came out too skinny for the sprinkles to stick well to (I had a lot of issues with my wreaths this time – I’m clearly out of practice!) And on the flowers, you see my daughter’s pick of the sprinkles – Cupid’s Arrow Sprinkle Mix. (I might have gone a little overboard when ordering. ;-)) The key with sprinkles is to use smaller sprinkles. The big balls, little candies, totally work, but you’ll need to press them in a little so that they don’t roll off.
Classic Spritz are buttery, melt-in-your-mouth almond cookies - created in bright colors and topped with sprinkles - that are popular around Christmastime. These little cookies bring a fun bit of holiday cheer to lunchboxes, afternoon snacks or holiday dessert tables.
- 1 c. unsalted butter at room temperature
- 3/4 c. granulated sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp. almond extract
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- food coloring (optional)
- sprinkles or candies (optional)
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add butter and sugar. Cream on medium speed until combined. Reduce speed and beat in egg and almond extract. Scrape down sides of bowl and beat again, until combined.
Reduce speed to low and with the mixer still running, slowly add salt, baking powder, and salt until combined.
If you're planning to make multiple shapes/colors, divide batter. Set aside what you're not using immediately.
Stir in food coloring - either with the mixer or by hand - a little bit at a time until batter had reached the desired color. Fill into a cookie press and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheets (no parchment paper either!). Repeat with any batter you've set aside.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes. While cookies are in the fridge, preheat oven to 350.
Remove cookie sheet from fridge and bake for 7 minutes, until cookies are completely set but bottom is not yet browning. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the baking sheet before moving to a wire rack to cool completely.
This recipe makes about 100 cookies - a LOT! The recipe can be halved, but these are little cookies that don't really spread. You can bake the whole batch on 3 cookie sheets.
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