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Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies

By: Danielle Zimmerman, editor for TheBestDessertRecipes.com
Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies
Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies
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Many times easy cookie recipes do not make for the most delicious treats. However, Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies could not be easier or more delicious. With just a few ingredients that you most likely already have stocked in your pantry, you can make these cute and sweet cookies for every holiday and get-together imaginable, including Christmas!

The dough is pretty simple and calls for both vanilla and almond extract. The combination of those two extracts gives the cookies a sweet almond flavor that's just right. You'll especially love how easy the dough is to load into your cookie press, making it simple to create the exact cookie shapes that you want. Just press the dough shapes onto an ungreased baking sheet, cover the cookies with sprinkles if you'd like, and then stick them in the oven for a few minutes. Because these sweets take very little time to bake, you can spend more time enjoying them!

Yields: 4 dozen cookies

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Butter Flavor Crisco® all-vegetable shortening (or 1 Butter Flavor Crisco® stick)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix shortening, sugar, and powdered sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer (hand or stand mixer). Beat at medium speed until ingredients are well blended.
  3. Beat in egg, salt, vanilla, and almond extract. Then, stir in flour. If you find that the dough is a little too stiff or dry, add a little water. If you find that the dough is too soft, add a bit of extra flour.
  4. Fill a cookie press with the dough. Press the dough into desired shapes about two inches apart on cool, ungreased baking sheets. Do not use parchment paper or a silicone baking mat because the pressed cookies will not stick to it.
  5. Bake cookies for 5-7 minutes, or until set but not brown. Allow cookies to cool for 1 minute on baking sheets, and then move them to wire cooling racks so they can cool completely.
Notes
  1. If you'd like colored cookies, you can tint the dough with a few drops of food coloring.
  2. Cookies may be iced and decorated after they're finished cooling. If you're planning on just decorating them with sprinkles, it's easiest to pour them on right before sticking the cookie sheets in the oven.
  3. Though they're traditionally Christmas cookies, you can make these cookies for any holiday you'd like, including Halloween and Easter.

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I'm so happy to see this recipe for Mom's Best Homemade Spritz Cookies. I have been looking for a great tasting recipe for my cookie press and this sounds great! I can just taste the buttery cookie using Butter Flavor Crisco. We make cookies every year and let everyone decorate their own before eating them. I put out pipping bags of different colored frosting, and different sprinkles. Some of us older ones don't like all the sweetness so this would be the best cookie to use. Thank you for sharing this free cookie recipe.

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I love spritz cookies and this recipe is by far the best...a nice butter taste that's not too overpowering...and they're perfect for making as Christmas gifts!

These were SO DELICIOUS! Not too sweet, and with just the perfect amount of crunch. 10/10!

I loved these cookies! They were easy to make and I think the simple flavor palette allows each flavor to shine. These are sweet and buttery - just what you want Christmas cookies to be! I can't wait to make these for a Christmas party...they're the kind of cookies that you can't stop eating!

These buttery cookies aren't too over-the-top, but they still give you that warm and fuzzy Christmas feeling. So delicious and so festive.

NOW I know what's been missing from sugar cookies all these years - almond extract! The addition gives the cookies a mellow sweetness that the vanilla alone can't capture. Whoever's mom came up with this recipe, kudos to her! This recipe will be my next batch. Maybe the batch after that, too.

I loved these! I could have eaten the whole batch!

These cookies were so good! Just the right amount of butter and the festive sprinkles instantly made me feel festive and ready for Christmas :)

These cookies were so good that I didn't give a second thought to eating three before breakfast. The hint of almond flavor was my favorite part of these buttery cookies.

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