When I think holiday cookie, my first thought goes straight to these Classic Spritz Cookies. Not only are they so dainty and pretty, they’re quite delicious as well.
Cookie Jamboree’s are one of my favorite holiday memories. Every year, my mom’s friends would throw a little ladies get together where everyone would make a batch of cookies and bring them to the party. She’d always come home with a bin full of gorgeous cookies that always felt too pretty too eat. Spoiler alert- I still ate them.
The first one I would almost always undoubtably go for was the spritz cookie. Every year, this beautiful cookie would catch my eye and I’d just have to have it. Crunchy and sweet, I really do believe this is the perfect cookie!
Spritz cookies first originated in Scandinavian countries as a traditional holiday treat. The dough is squirted through a cookie press, which is what makes their unique and delicate shapes. Spritz actually comes from the German word “spritzen”. Can you guess what that means? To squirt! Which makes sense when you see how these cookies are made.
My kids loved pressing the dough through the spritzer using different shapes and then decorating them with mini chocolate chips and dried fruits. This recipe made so many cookies, I stored a huge bag full of them in the freezer so that two weeks from now when things get so busy and I can’t see straight, at least the requisite holiday baking will be easy.
Though you can totally decorate these little cookies, they are completely delicious on their own. I will say, their unique shapes do make for a fun canvas to add your own creativity to.
If you’re looking for more holiday cookie recipes, Chocolate Orange Snaps, Peppermint Brookies, Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies and Holiday Chocolate Chip Sprinkle Bars are some of my families all time favorites.
Classic Spritz Cookies
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large egg plus 1 yolk, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- In the bowl of a standing mixer, or with an electric mixer, cream together the butter, sugar and salt until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
- Add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla and mix until combined. Gradually add the flour and mix until a dough forms.
- Place the dough in a cookie spritzer fitted with desired shapes. Press cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes, or until edges are just starting to turn golden.