Spritz Cookies

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Buttery Spritz Cookies are just the ticket when you need to turn out a lot of tasty Christmas cookies in a hurry. Flavored with almond extract and portioned out with a cookie press, it’s easy to churn out dozens of yummy cookies that keep well throughout the holidays and make a pretty presentation at parties.

Serve them with homemade eggnog or your favorite gourmet coffees or teas to make the season delicious and bright.

Spritz cookies with sprinkles in a cookie tin

What are Spritz Cookies?

Spritz cookies are small butter cookies pressed into intricate shapes to create a classic Christmas cookie recipe.  They taste a lot like shortbread but are less crumbly, thanks to the addition of egg in the dough.

This recipe uses powdered sugar instead of granulated for a softer, melt-in-your-mouth cookie. I also recommend almond extract however, you can substitute vanilla or other flavorings according to your taste.

How to Make Spritz Cookies

This easy recipe uses basic staple ingredients. The dough is stiff enough that there’s no need to chill before baking.

  1. Cream the butter, sugar, and salt together. Add the rest of the ingredients (per recipe below).
  2. Load into a cookie press and squeeze into cookies.
  3. Bake until fragrant and very slightly browned at the edges

Cookie dough for spritz cookies in a clear Bowl

Cookie Press

Look for a cookie press with shapes with holiday themes, such as snowflakes, Christmas trees, or pinecones.

For a decorative touch, add red or green food coloring to the dough as you cream the butter and sugar together. Christmas sprinkles and other cake decorations add a festive touch as well.

No Cookie Press?

No problem! Roll out the dough and use cookie cutters or a glass to cut out round shapes. Or, shape into one-inch balls and press them with anything that has a design, the bottom of a glass can leave a pretty design.

To Store

FREEZER Pack them in freezer bags or containers. Spritz cookies are one of the best recipes for making ahead to get a jump on holiday baking.

They’ll keep for months, and take only minutes to thaw. Be sure to make a lot and you’ll never be without a treat to offer guests or bring to parties.

COUNTER You can also store tightly covered spritz cookies in the pantry for up to a week, or in the fridge for two weeks or longer.

Spritz cookies in a cookie tin with parchment paper
5 from 7 votes
Review Recipe

Spritz Cookies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 40 +cookies
Author Holly Nilsson
Flavored with almond extract and portioned out with a cookie press, it’s easy to churn out dozens of yummy cookies that keep well throughout the holidays!


  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 ½ cups flour

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  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • With a mixer on medium speed, cream butter, powdered sugar, and salt until fluffy. Mix in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  • Add flour a little bit at a time beating after each addition.
  • Place dough into a cookie press. Squeeze cookies about 1 ½" apart and add sprinkles if desired.
  • Bake 7-9 minutes.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 86, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 71mg, Potassium: 11mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 148IU, Calcium: 3mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword spritz cookies
Course Cookies, Dessert
Cuisine American

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  1. These were so yummy! I lightly rolled my dough in flour and used a small mooncake press to shape the cookies, adding sprinkles or decorating sugar to some. Came out adorable!5 stars

  2. So easy peasy, Thanks for a great recipe. Rolled out, no cookie press. Finally had success with a rolled out recipe. Quick and easy. So happy!5 stars

  3. If I can’t use almond extract b/c our child is allergic to almonds, do I add another 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract or just use the original 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract? I guess I’m asking would I use 1 teaspoon vanilla extract if not using almond extract? Thank you!!!