Holy Holiday Cookie: The Spritz Edition

December 19, 2012

This project is part of The Proper Pinwheel’s holiday series, Mission: Merry 2012.

Holiday Spritz Cookies, Frosted Cookies, Christmas cookies, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission Merry 2012

I’m a baker, and I’m an eater. I will spend hours/days in the kitchen slaving away over hot stoves to make delicious holiday treats. Sometimes I eat those treats. Sometimes I don’t. It must be the people-pleaser in me. One treat that I love to devour is the holiday spritz cookie. These babies are so small and bite-sized that it’s tough not to eat 50+.

Holiday Spritz Cookies, Frosted Cookies, Christmas cookies, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission Merry 2012

I have a cookie press that was given to me years ago. I only break it out at Christmas time because I used to believe it was so much work to make spritz cookies. But you know what? It’s not the actual spritzing (terminology?) that takes time, it’s the decorating afterward! I wanted to make some fancy spritz for my friends and co-workers. Spritz cookies always seem so magical. You really only need one batch of dough to make all of the cookies I’m going to share with you today. First up, the spritz. Check back later today for cut-outs and STAINED GLASS COOKIES! Oh yeah. They’ll be amazin’.

Holiday Spritz Cookies, Frosted Cookies, Christmas cookies, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission Merry 2012

To make your own holiday spritz cookies you’ll need:

  • 1 c. unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 3 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling and cutting
  • 1 cookie press (mine found here!)
  • sanding sugar and other decorations (optional)
  • powdered sugar glaze (recipe below)
In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, cream butter, sugar, and salt until light and fluffy. Add the egg and beat well to combine. Mix in vanilla. With mixer on low speed, add the flour and mix just until incorporated. Don’t overmix!
Fill the tube of your cookie press with dough (doesn’t need to be chilled). Press cookies out individually on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and bake cookies for 7-11 minutes until completely baked. Cool on baking sheets.
Once cookies are cooled, decorate with powdered sugar glaze and embellish to your heart’s desire.
To make your own powdered sugar glaze you’ll need:
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • food coloring
Combine sugar and water and mix well. Add more water as needed for an easy-to-pour consistency. Tint with food coloring and drizzle over cookies or dip top halves of cookies in glaze.

Holiday Spritz Cookies, Frosted Cookies, Christmas cookies, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission Merry 2012

Holiday Spritz Cookies, Frosted Cookies, Christmas cookies, The Proper Pinwheel, Mission Merry 2012

These cookies know what’s up when it comes to accessories. They’ve got sprinkles. They’ve got dragees. They’re covered in glaze. They’re light-years ahead of all the other cookies.

Do you have a fave cookie that you make every year? I’d love to see pictures of you making them! Share your photos on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #missionmerry2012!

Check back later today to see another cookie variation. There will be stained-glass cookies. No, I’m not kidding. Yes, they’re freaking delicious.

photo cred: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

3 thoughts on “Holy Holiday Cookie: The Spritz Edition

    1. Lexy Post author

      You! I got your card in the mail today – we just got back from the shortest/LOOOONNGGGEEESSTT vacation. You two are the cutest! And I love the madewell sweater!

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