After I learned how to make a spritz cookie recipe I realized it is another of my Christmas cookie recipes that
is necessary to include in all my Christmas baking.
The spritz cookies are the traditional cookies in the Scandinavian countries. They are light and flavorful and make a great presentation when decorated. There are many of these simple butter cookie recipes with the basic ingredients such as butter, sugar, eggs and flour. Additional ingredients like almond, lemon zest, or chocolate can be added to change the flavor. For Christmas I only bake the plain ones and decorate them.
When you learn how to make a spritz cookie recipe you will find it is shaped by pressing the dough through a cookie press or a pastry bag. The name comes from spritzen which is German means to skirt or spray. When you learn how to make spritz cookies you may want to make them in different flavors like a lemon spritz cookie recipe or chocolate spritz cookies. For Christmas cookie recipes there are shapes like trees, stars, wreaths and many more. These are very popular at Christmas. Once the cookies have been pressed onto a cookie sheet, colorful sugar crystals can be placed on the tops before baking and it will lock in as the cookies bake. Plain cookies can be decorated with colored icing once they have cooled.
The dough must be just right to press onto the cookie sheet; neither too soft nor too firm. If the dough is too soft, refrigerate for a few minutes. The dough must go through the press cleanly so it holds its shape. When you learn how to make spritz cookie recipes you may want to make them in different flavors like a lemon spritz cookie or chocolate spritz cookies.
Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
Use top shelf of oven for baking.
Cream soft butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla and beat well. Add the sifted flour gradually to the creamed mixture beating well after each. Press dough through the cookie sheet in desired shapes onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until bottom is brown. Decorate as desired.
This cookie recipe is deliciously flavored with lemon juice and topped with a chocolate glaze.
Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
Lightly grease cookie sheets.
In a large bowl beat butter and sugar until fluffy; add lemon juice and beat well.
Stir in flour and salt and mix well.
Using a star shaped plate, press dough through cookie press in 3 inch long strips onto prepared pans.
Bake 5 to 6 minutes or until lightly brown on ends.
Cool on pans 1 to 2 minutes and remove to cool completely.
Dip ends of cookies into chocolate glaze and then in the nuts.
Chocolate GlazeMelt 3 ounces of sweet cooking chocolate with 2 tablespoons butter in a small saucepan.
This spritz cookie recipe is a favorite as chocolate is always a favorite. Eat them plain or dust with a little powdered sugar or they are also good with the chocolate glaze.
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
Cream butter, sugar, egg and vanilla in a large bowl.
In another bowl combine flour, cocoa and salt.
Combine and blend together the flour mixture and creamed mixture.
Press cookies onto cooled ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until set; remove from cookie sheet and cool.Painless Cooking › Cookies › Spritz
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