Butter Spritz Cookies

These were one of the cookies I made when I had my holiday baking spree a couple of days ago. I came home from work, and each night, for several nights, I baked and created holiday treats for hours. It really stressed me out. I made so many things that I started losing my mind in the kitchen. Don't you hate when that happens? Maybe it doesn't happen to you... It's not the baking that makes me crazy; it's doing all the dishes, cleaning and putting stuff away.

It makes my back hurt and all I want to do is lay down on the floor and have someone give me a massage and tell me everything is going to be okay. Then clean up the mess for me and maybe fix me a snack (preferably an English muffin drenched in honey-butter).
I always make a huge mess in the kitchen; it's inevitable. Not only in the kitchen, but I always manage to strew batter onto my clothes and arms. Thank goodness for my massive apron collection. I've aquired quite a few aprons over the last couple of years, but my favorite is the navy blue one with BEER written in huge letters across the chest.

Butter spritz cookies are something my mom has been baking for years around Christmas. She usually uses three different colored types of dough, and creates different shapes with it. I went the easy route and used green dough only, and made Christmas trees (I had a special request from someone to make green Christmas tree cookies).

These are so much better than sugar cookies! They're much more buttery, soft and delicious, and they keep well. They're easy to make, but you do need a cookie press for the dough. You can roll the dough out, but it's really sticky.

Here's Mom's seeeecret recipe, adapted by me.

Butter Spritz Cookies

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract
1 large egg
Food coloring

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter or coat a large cookie sheet with cooking spray.

Directions:
In a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour and salt.
In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat butter, sugar and vanilla extract until creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in egg and desired amount of food coloring until combined. Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour mixture until just combined.

Fill cookie press and form cookies on cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool 1-2 minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired.

Makes 4 dozen cookies

19 comments:

  1. Thanks for the recipe. I've made these many times and they are good. I will give yours a try. Don't need a special occasion for these since they are pretty simple to make and go a long way. I'm like you...I make a mess in the kitchen. Flour everywhere, batter everywhere...just a mess.

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  2. Dear These are absolutely lovely!! Gloria

    Happy Christmas my dear!xxxGloria

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  3. these look great! i always make a huge mess in the kitchen, too. no matter how careful i am, some flour spills out when i measure, or i forget to turn the mixer speed down and it splatters out of the bowl... onto me, the counter... and then of course whenever i do some "tasting" it always spills on me, too. and i hate doing the dishes. i usually just leave them there in some sort of standoff with nick, to see who gets irritated enough to clean them first ;) he's a neat freak, so i usually luck out :) that english muffin sounds delish. have you ever made them? i've been wondering about them and bagels lately.

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  4. I'm the same way. I'll cook and bake like a madman but then be stressed by the dirty kitchen and mountain of dishes! I hope you got your english muffin treat :) Love the color of these festive cookies!

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  5. these look nice. Have to buy a cookie press though :( maybe a new year gift ha. I love making cookies too and yea also end up with the kitchen a mess looks like it snowed last time cause it was covered in icing sugar :)

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  6. I agree! I love baking but then it is 10:30 pm at night and I have to get up for work at 5:30 am, and the kitchen is a disaster. I shove as much as possible in the dishwasher.

    Your spritz cookies look cute. I've not had luck spritz but maybe I could with this recipe.

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  7. Those look awesome. I'm right with you about hating cleaning the kitchen. Fortunately my girlfriend usually does all the cleaning since I do all the cooking. It's a good setup. :)

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  8. Ahh, don't stress!! Baking should be fun :-)

    Those definitely DO sound better than regular sugar cookies - yum!!

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  9. I love spritz cookies but haven't made them since I was in home economics back in the dark ages. It's not the recipe I have trouble with, it's the pressing them out that is a pain. I love to dishes. I'll be your sous chef and clean up if I can take goodies home after I'm done......:o)

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  10. I don't know what a spritz is...but I can't wait to find out!

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  11. i love aprons, too, girl. unfortunately, i don't have a beer one so i'm definitely jealous.

    i absolutely hate cleaning up the damn dishes. i make such a big mess when i cook!!! i always end up using the same measuring cups and spoons for every ingredient because i hate washing each one.

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  12. You won't think you're messy until you see me work with chocolate at work. It's on my face, all down my arms, sometimes even on my shoe!

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  13. THAT is often the hardest part of cooking - all the cleaning up. In cooking school, you're always taught to clean up as you go. I do that sometimes, but usually I just let it all pile up in the sink and then I put something in the microwave for 2 or 3 minutes and see if I can clean it all up in that time. (I never can.)

    Those are beautiful cookies.

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  14. I know exactly what you mean when you describe that panic that can set in - and how can more things need washing up than you think you've used!!!!

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  15. These were probably so buttery and rich and worth every dish that had to be washed.I am looking forward to every sweet treat from Sugar Plum;s kitchen in 2009!!!

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  16. The one reason I usually favor cooking over baking is simply due to the mess factor. Whenever I bake I get flour everywhere and end up with too many dishes to wash. They inevitably sit in the sink for a few hours until they bug me enough to actually get off my bum and wash them. Ahh but the results of baking - it's what keeps us coming back time and time again.

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  17. cookie presses are a fabulous invention, and your cookies are adorable. i have a plethora of aprons, but do you think i've ever worn one? negative.

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  18. I know about loosing it in the kitchen. It's not so much doing the dishes, I really hate putting things away. Your buttery trees are just adorable!

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