The Ultimate Spritz

A spritz cookie is a light, delicate cookie that is made by pressing dough through a cookie press to create different shapes. They are often flavored with almond or vanilla extract and decorated with sprinkles. Spritz cookies are a traditional Christmas cookie in many parts of Europe, and they are also popular in the United States. If you’re looking for a light, delicate cookie that is perfect for any occasion, then look no further than the spritz cookie. Made with a simple dough that is flavored with almond or vanilla extract, these cookies are sure to please. Decorated with sprinkles, they are perfect for Christmas or any other special occasion.

1 cup butter or margarine (softened)
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg
1/4 teaspoon almond extract OR 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Currants raisins candies colored sugar, finely chopped nuts, candied fruit or fruit peel, if desired. Heat oven to 400º. Beat butter and sugar 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 cookie sheet. Decorate with currants. Bake 5 – 8 minutes or until set but not brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. To decorate cookies after baking, use a drop of corn syrup to attach decorations to cookies.

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