Monday, December 13, 2010

Perfect Spritz Cookies

Am I the only one who thinks that spritz cookie dough is amongst the most difficult cookie dough to work with? I've tried numerous times in the past to make pressed cookies using various dough recipes but my end results either looked like hockey pucks or tasted like them. What? You've never taken a hockey puck to the mouth?

Anyway, my son Kellen gave me this cookie press kit as a gift awhile back and I made up my mind to try to make pressed cookies one last time, just to prove that I would always be a failure in this arena.

Guess what? I'm not a failure! I made some (dare I say) perfect cookies this year! A couple of key things I discovered. All ingredients should be at room temperature before making the dough. Make sure you use cookie sheets that ARE NOT non-stick and I also think that insulated cookies sheets work best because they allow the top of the cookies to set before the bottoms get too brown.

Perfect Spritz Cookies

2 sticks (one cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 egg (room temperature)
2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour (sift first, then measure)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In mixing bowl cream together the butter and sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl and beaters occasionally. Add the egg, vanilla, almond extract and salt and continue beating until thoroughly mixed. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the flour. Mix just until flour is completely incorporated, scraping down the bowl and beaters occasionally.

Fill a cookie press with the dough according to the manufacturer's directions and fit with desired cookie disc. Press the dough onto ungreased baking sheets about one inch apart.

Bake for 12-14 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to cooling rack and let cookies cool for several minutes before removing from the baking sheet to cooking rack to cool completely.

27 comments:

Bo said...

They look perfect!

SeattleDee said...

OMG, Megs. Your Spritz cookies are things of beauty. I'm so impressed with your results I might give Spritz just one more try. Currently I'm munching my way through a 5-lb tin of Danish butter cookies from Costco, so Spritz may wait a bit.

Debbie said...

They look so pretty and delicious too...love the icing on them!

The Mom Chef said...

I was sitting here looking at perfect spritz cookies when your comment about my dip came in. I think your cookies look better. I never have trouble with texture, but with my wreathes coming out of the spritzer whole. I end up with mutant wreaths.

Yours are indeed perfect.

Shelby said...

they look perfect Mags! I love these kind of cookies. I just have a hard time with the cookie press I have (Pampered Chef - you would think it would be easy!)

Jane Bonacci - The Heritage Cook said...

My Mother-in-Law used to make Spritz cookies every year for the family. Now that she is gone, I will take on that tradition. Thank you so much for giving me a great recipe and the tips and hints to make them correctly. I know the whole family thanks you in advance!

Happy Holidays!

Barbara @ Modern Comfort Food said...

Goodness, you've been busy in the kitchen, Mags! I'm not much of a Christmas cookie baker -- I usually leave that to my brother-in-law, who goes hog wild with them -- but I think even I could manage these with your very detailed and so useful tips. Your spritz cookies are just drop dead gorgeous and sound divine too. Well done!

Fashion Meets Food said...

Goodness these look absolutely adorable and delicious. I just might have to give these a try this year. I am your newest follower!

xo

Kathleen said...

I made dozens for a party . I forgot about not being able to use my silpats! Took a few grumbles before I remembered. I do like the battery operated cookie press, makes it easier.
Your cookies look delicious!

scrambledhenfruit said...

They're beautiful! To me, it's not Christmas without Spritz cookies- those were the ones we always left for Santa. My mom still makes them with her hand crank Mirro cookie press. :)

Sue said...

I've never made spritz cookies:( Yours turned out beautifully! I don't think I've ever seen any spritz cookies frosted before. I love the look!

Julie said...

I have my mother's cookie press and make these every year. I use the recipe that came with the press. You're right the temperature of the dough is key.

Love the frosting! I usually do sprinkles. :)

Amanda said...

Those are beautiful Mags! My thumbprint cookie dough is actually a spritz dough :) but I've never made spritz cookies! LOL

Maria said...

These cookies do look perfect!

June said...

Wow they are BEAUTIFUL, as is the photo! Great job Mags! You're spritzerific!

stephchows said...

my little 9 year old cousin got me a cookie press as a wedding shower gift... I think I need to break it out :)

briarrose said...

Beautiful job on these cookies. They look just lovely. I hide from the cookie press still. ;)

Leslie said...

Yup, those are definitely perfect. I'm not sure perfect spritz cookies are a good thing to have lying around, though, all that buttery goodness makes them hard for me to resist.

Moogie said...

Mags,
Perfection! I made these years ago and also experience difficulty. I guess your new fangled William-Sonoma press is worth the price tag.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Stunning! I have a cookie press in the back of my baking cupboard that gets very little use. I need to ad spritz to my baking repertoire this year.

Barbara Bakes said...

Spritz cookies are so pretty. Yours definitely are perfect! I'll have to get brave and try them.

Megan said...

They turned out so pretty. I just got an electric cookie press and used it once so far. But I'm making spritz cookies for a cookie exchange I'm going to next week. I love the wreath you have made here!

Mary said...

Those are perfect! Love them!

Mary xo

Melanie Schoenhut said...

These cookies are pretty Mags! This is perfect every Christmas eve It’s perfectly decorated and designed. I’ll try this next Christmas. Great recipe.

Anonymous said...

Cute! Cute! Cute! What type of frosting did you use here? Thanks.
Allison
:)
allisonb1976@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

Pampered Chef is the problem...I had a terrible time every time I used it. I finally bought a vintage mirro press & viola, perfect shapes easily!

Anonymous said...

Can you share what type of frosting you used?