The Easiest & Best Basic Spritz Cookie Recipe for Holiday Baking by Donna John

The Easiest & Best Basic Spritz Cookie Recipe for Holiday Baking

My cookie press gets quite the workout around the holidays. Why? Because shaped holiday spritz cookies are so easy to make and look great on that Christmas cookie tray. Here's a no-fail, basic spritz cookie recipe.

To make this basic spritz cookie recipe you will need just a few ingredients. Here's what you need to grab from the pantry and fridge: butter, sugar, flour, salt, eggs, vanilla extract and optional food coloring and decorations like holiday sprinkles.

Using a cookie press is a fun activity because you can make so many different shapes, from wreaths to Christmas trees to snowmen. Get creative and have the best looking cookie tray on the block this year! Don't have a cookie press? See the links below to buy one!

Serve these sweet, low-sodium vanilla cookies for dessert throughout the holiday season.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 to 7 minutes

Total time: 15 to 17 minutes
Servings: 40 (approximately)


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Recipe Notes

  • You can use our favorite baking extract flavor instead of plain vanilla or almond extract. Try lemon, coconut, cake mix or rum extract.
  • You can buy battery operated cookie presses and manual cookie presses. Both work great, but see which you prefer.

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Cream together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer. 
  2. Stir in the flour, salt, egg and extract. If using food coloring, add a few drops to get desired color.
  3. Put the dough into a cookie press. Make shapes on a cookie sheet. Decorate as desired.
  4. Bake in a preheated 400-degree F oven for about 5 to 7 minutes or until they are set but not brown. Remove and cool. If decorating after baking, let them cool completely.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories: 78

Total Fat: 4.8g

Saturated Fat: 3g

Cholesterol: 17mg

Sodium: 3mg

Total Carbohydrate: 7.9g

Dietary Fiber: 0.2g

Total Sugars: 2.5g

Protein: 0.9g

Vitamin D: 0mcg

Calcium: 3mg

Iron: 0mg

Potassium: 11mg

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Elisa Schmitz
These were my absolute favorite cookies to make, and to eat, as a child, with my grandmother. Brings back so many good memories, Donna John !
Gotta have these during the holidays...
Oh these are perfect for my fam.
Kaushik Palicha
Very Informative.. Thanks for sharing
Tim Han
Very Delicious Donna !! Thanks

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