Buttery Spritz Cookies are an easy and buttery Christmas cookie made with basic ingredients.
The usual pantry ingredients (like flour, sugar, and butter) are flavored with a bit of vanilla & almond extract, pressed with a cookie press (you can still make these without a press, details below), and baked into a pretty delicate cookie.
What are Spritz Cookies?
Spritz cookies are small butter cookies with a dough that uses basic ingredients (but the flavor definitely not basic!).
They are most often made with a cookie press to make a classic Christmas cookie recipe. The word spritz comes form the German word spritzen, meaning “to squirt” since the cookies are pressed through a press.
Spritz vs. Shortbread
While they taste similar to whipped shortbread cookies or butter cookies, the main difference is the egg. The texture is less crumbly, they’re more sturdy in texture like a sugar cookie.
This spritz cookie recipe uses the basics, all-purpose flour, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and almond extract for a melt-in-your-mouth cookie recipe.
Be sure to use real butter (not margarine) for the best buttery flavor.
- Add in a few drops of food coloring (or gel food coloring) to change the colors. I divide the cookie dough into 2 or 3 and color each.
- Swap out the almond extract and substitute rum extract or your own favorite flavors.
- Make a spice spritz by adding a teaspoon of ground cinnamon and half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
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.
- Beat butter, sugar, and salt with an electric mixer in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients (per the recipe below).
- Put batter into a cookie press and squeeze it onto a baking sheet.
- Bake until fragrant and very slightly browned at the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
- Ensure ingredients are room temperature.
- Use an ungreased cookie sheet (with no parchment paper).
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, chocolate chips, melted chocolate, cake decorations to add a festive touch.
How to Make Spritz Cookies Without a Cookie Press
No Cookie Press? No problem! To make spritz without a cookie press, 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.
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.
Did you love this Spritz Cookie Recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!
- 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
- 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 provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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This is the same recipe as my Moms. The best,,,I’ve used it for years also. My favorite and everyone else too! And,,,,the copper Cookie press,,,,in the recipe picture, is the same one that was my Mom’s,,,now mine that I use. Tried all those fancy ones, electric etc. Nope always to back to that one! Happy Baking!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this cookie recipe Karen!
I’ve tried several times to make spritz cookies but the dough always clings to the inside is the press and the dough doesn’t come out neatly. What am I doing wrong?
Are you using an ungreased non-stick cookie sheet? The cookies need to be able to cling to the pan. Sticky dough can means your dough is too soft, so you can also try to chill the dough slightly. I hope this helps DeDe!
This is the perfect spritz recipe!!
We couldn’t agree more Julie!
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!
Your spritz cookie recipe is the very best, I tried others but yours by far turned out better
I’m so glad you loved it Stella!
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!
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!!!
You can use 1 teaspoon of vanilla.