Classic Christmas Spritz Cookies are traditional cookies from Germany that taste a bit like shortbread and can be decorated with sugars or glazes.
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The cookies are actually quite easy to make as long as you have a cookie press. You mix all the ingredients together with an electric mixer. When dough is combined, place it in cookie press fitted with a shape disc. Press the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Bake until set but not brown and immediately remove from the baking sheet to a wire rack to cool.
Eat The World Recipe Challenge
This month the Eat The World Recipe Challenge is to select a Christmas/holiday dish or sweet from around the world. We were asked to select the country of our choice.
I selected Spritz cookies as the origin aligns with my ancestry. I have ancestors from Germany as well as Alsace.
According to Wikipedia, Spritz (or Spritzgebäck) cookies originate from Germany and France (Alsace and Moselle). They are a traditional biscuit or cookie and are crisp, fragile, somewhat dry and buttery. The verb “spritzen” means to squirt. These cookies are created by squirting dough out of a dough press with a pattern onto a cookie sheet. These cookies are common during the Christmas season.
Check out all the wonderful Christmas/holiday dishes and sweets prepared by fellow Eat the World members and share with #eattheworld. Click here to find out how to join and have fun exploring a country a month in the kitchen with us!
- Basler Leckerli, Swiss Christmas cookies by Kitchen Frau
- Bohemian Potato Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Classic Christmas Spritz Cookies by Simply Inspired Meals
- Danish Asier Pickles by Palatable Pastime
- Glædelig Jul, Nisser, and Mormor Agnes’ Æbleskiver by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Lebkuchenherzen (German Cookies) by Amy’s Cooking Adventures
- Makowiec by Literature and Limes
- Oliebollen, the Dutch Doughnut by CulturEatz
- Pepperkaker (Norwegian Christmas Cookies) by Chipa by the Dozen
- Sandbakkelse, Norwegian Christmas Cookies by Sugar Loves Spices
- Scottish Steak Pie by Making Miracles
Classic Christmas Spritz Cookies Recipe
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp. almond extract or vanilla
- colored sugars
Adapted from Betty Crocker
More Christmas Treats
We have a number of fantastic Christmas Cookies and other treats here on Simply Inspired Meals. I recommend all of these cookies and in fact, I’ve been making batches to put into my freezer so that I can have fresh cookies when company arrives.
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies
- Gingerbread Cookies
- Pecan Snowballs
- Favorite Sugar Cookies
- Mrs. Weasley’s Christmas Fudge
- Irresistible Spiced Walnuts
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