Holiday Spritz

These delightful cookies can be made in various colors for any holiday or occasion -- ready in about an hour. Perfect dessert for any party!


about 5 dozen cookies


1 cup butter or margarine, room temperature
1/2 cup granulated (white) sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
few drops of food color, if desired


Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C).

Beat butter, sugar and egg in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed, or mix with spoon. Stir in remaining ingredients.

Place dough in cookie press. Form desired shapes on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from baking sheet to wire cooling rack; cool completely.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hours 5 minutes

Additional Information

Stir 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled, into butter-sugar mixture. Omit food color.

Substitute rum extract for the almond extract. Tint dough with food colors. After baking, spread cooled cookies with Butter Rum Glaze: Melt 1/4 cup butter or margarine in 1-quart saucepan; remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon rum extract. Stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water until glaze is spreadable. Tint glaze with food color to match cookies.

Stir in 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice with the flour.

Before baking spruce up your Spritz with: Currants, raisins, small candies, chopped nuts, slices of candied fruits or candied fruit peels arranged in festive patterns.

After baking decorate with: Edible glitter, colored sugar, nonpareils, red cinnamon candies or finely chopped nuts. A drop of corn syrup will hold the decorations in place nicely.

Nutritional Information

1 Serving (1 Cookie): Calories 50 (Calories from Fat 25), Total Fat 3 g (Saturated Fat 2 g); Cholesterol 10 mg; Sodium 30 mg; Total Carbohydrate 5 g (Dietary Fiber 0 g); Protein 1 g

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