This classic German recipe is so simple, you can make Christmas cookies from scratch even if you're a terrible baker!
I don't bake. I should say, I don't bake well. And waiting for each batch of cookies to come out of the oven is the worst! Most take about 10 minutes in there, right, so it's just enough time to stand around and be bored - if you go off to do anything, you'll forget the cookies and they'll burn. This is my stance on cookies, especially Christmas cookies, and I don't plan on changing it! However, there are some recipes, this one included, that are SO simple, so easy, and relatively fast (a sheet of these only take 7 mins to bake!) that sometimes, making cookies from scratch is worth it. My mom made these Spritz Christmas cookies every year growing up. They're simple and delicious.
In fact, when I put the first one in my mouth (guys, DISCLAIMER! I actually gave the very first cookie to Henry because I figured if he'd eat it, there's no way it could be bad because the kid eats like six different foods total. Sound judgement in motherhood, right there.) I was instantly transported back to our 1950's ranch home in St. Louis Park, MN. I could taste the cold weather and the snow and the smell of the bright red down jacket I wore in elementary school. I remembered spending winter breaks playing American Girl Doll with my sister and sledding at Aquila Park, which was just two blocks from our home. It's funny how tastes and smells can bring you back to memories you cherish like a mystery time machine, isn't it? These Spritz Christmas cookies are as good as a effing mystery time machine y'all!
Back to 2016. I'm now 32, married with two children and responsible for baking my own Christmas cookies. Not as much fun as when my mom or stepmom would do it, but such is life. I wanted to share with you an EASY recipe, since there's so much fuss around holiday entertaining. These cookies have 6 ingredients (from SCRATCH - none of that boxed nonsense. Ever pull up a pin on Pinterest for "3 ingredient cupcakes!" and it's all boxed and pre-made garbage? Dumb, there's more ingredients in that than you can list on all your toes and fingers). As long as you have a cookie press, you whip up the batter, fill the press, press them out, bake them for 7 short mins, and presto. You've rocked a Christmas cookie!
Spritz Christmas Cookies
- 1C salted butter, room temp
- 2 and 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 C sugar
- 1t vanilla extract
- 1/4t salt
Cream the butter and the sugar together. Slowly add the other ingredients. Fill your cookie press 1/2 full with the dough (should be nearly as stiff as pie crust, but not quite). Select what designs you'd like the cookies in and attach that shape to your cookie press. Press out a sheet of cookies and sprinkle with colored sugar crystals. Bake at 400 degrees for about 7 mins - until the dough is set but not yet brown. Let the cookie sheet cool before you press out another sheet.
Enjoy this simple, buttery cookie! It's not overwhelmingly sweet, and since they're small, you don't need to feel guilty about enjoying one or two as a midnight snack. Merry Christmas!
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