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
- Pre-heat the oven to 400°F. Beat softened butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed. Stir in remaining ingredients.
- Place dough in cookie press. Fit the cookie press with the desired shape. Press the dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheet. Sprinkle with colored sugars.
- Bake for 5 to 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Continue until all dough has been used. You can change shapes between batches if desired.
Adapted from Betty Crocker
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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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