A family tradition: Hand-dipped Spritz Cookies

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It was hard to count these but we guess that we made around 300 cookies this year.

We get into a cookie-decorating frenzy each December, with the kids asking for more and more batches every year. They love to decorate these, love to eat them, and love to give them away as gifts, so this year we made around 300. The great thing about this recipe is that the cookies really do taste as good as they look. Who knows how many we’ll turn out next year?

You’ll need a cookie press to make these, and be sure to plan a little ahead so that the butter will be at room temperature.

White Spritz Cookies (makes approx. 8 dozen)

  • 1-1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3-1/2 c. flour

Cream butter, then cream in sugar and baking powder. Beat in egg and almond extract, then add the flour. Do not refrigerate this dough—it must remain at room temperature to work properly in the cookie press.

Press the dough through the cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 mins. Cool completely. Dip a portion of each cookie in melted chocolate then sprinkle on a topping. Lay cookie on parchment paper to dry. The cookies will keep well for a couple of weeks, sealed in an airtight container.

Chocolate Spritz Cookies (makes approx. 8 dozen)

  • 1-1/2 c. butter, at room temperature
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 3-1/4 c. flour

Cream butter, then cream in sugar, baking powder and cocoa. Beat in egg and almond extract, then add the flour. Continue as with White Spritz.

Swirled Spritz Cookies

Fill the cookie press with half white and half chocolate dough.

Dark chocolate for dipping (for 1-2 batches of cookies)

  • 1 lb. dark chocolate chips (use 60% dark if possible)
  • 2 Tbs. Crisco

Melt chocolate and Crisco in a double boiler until smooth.

White chocolate for dipping (for 1-2 batches of cookies)

  • 1 lb. white chocolate chips

Melt chocolate in a double boiler, stirring occasionally until smooth.

Topping ideas

  • Ground pecans or almonds
  • Extremely finely ground coffee
  • Sprinkles
  • Toasted coconut
  • Grated chocolate

So everyone can help, we put a tray of baked cookies in the middle of the table, with multiple bowls filled with all of the chocolate and toppings. Parchment paper is placed at both ends of the table where the finished cookies are placed to dry.

 

Either dip the cookie or use a spoon to drizzle on the chocolate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have a strict “may not lick your fingers” policy, but every so often a boy can’t help himself—and then he’s sent to wash up before the next cookie gets decorated!

These honestly taste as good as they look.

 

7 thoughts on “A family tradition: Hand-dipped Spritz Cookies

  1. Leave it to the Walkers to take spritz-making to a higher level. One of our favorite traditions is also spritz-making and -decorating. Will and Gary have done this every year since Will was about 7, using mostly Red Hots and sprinkles (not nearly as sophisticated as all your toppings–but just as much fun!). They set up their production line at the kitchen table while watching “A Christmas Story.” I end up finding little, tiny sprinkles in the nooks and crannies of the kitchen floor until Easter.

    Now Will is a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, so this year’s spritz-making was bittersweet.

    You’re right, Dori; these cookies taste as good as they look. My waistline is proof!

  2. Leave it to the Walkers to out do the entire spritz baking world! These cookies are beautiful! I’ve bookmarked this site and I too will endeavor to keep up with the Walkers. Just wait till next year you hon-yocks!

  3. Bless my wife, she who hath mailed me a dozen of these to me, in this land of iniquity, on this day of deep stress and woe.
    Yea, verily, yum!
    Feel’n much better now…

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