Grandma’s Spritz Cookies

Grandma’s Spritz Cookies are a family favorite for parties, birthdays and of course the holidays! We always look forward to these buttery, sprinkle topped cookies for dessert!

spritz cookies on a baking sheet

Grandma’s Spritz Cookie Recipe

There’s just certain recipes that Grandma does best, am I right? We love making family recipes like our Grandma’s Sunday Meatballs and Sauce or this mouth-watering, tender Pot Roast. Recipes like these that have been passed down are what form beautiful traditions for Sunday dinners, holidays and birthdays.

These spritz cookies have been on our table for almost every family party and holiday, courtesy of Grandma. Our kids love them and we do, too. Perfect with an after dinner cup of coffee, an afternoon snack or in some cases first thing in the morning.

How Do You Make Spritz Cookies?

You do need to get yourself a cookie press. The one the we use is pretty affordable and it’ll last you a long time. There’s many different types of discs that come with the cookie press so you can make cookies in all shapes and sizes.

The dough for these spritz cookies comes together very easily using a stand mixer and just a few simple ingredients like flour, sugar, vanilla and of course butter.

Making The Dough

  1. Add the flour and baking powder to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  2. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, the milk and both extracts and beat until blended.
  4. Add the flour on low speed, adding 1/3 of the flour mixture at a time until all the flour is blended into the dough. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure that everything is mixed well, but do not over mix the dough.

Now that the cookie dough is finished, add the dough to your cookie press, only about halfway full. You can use any one of the discs that come with your press with this cookie recipe, we often use this flower shaped one because that’s what Grandma uses.

Press the cookies onto a baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Top the cookies with your favorite sprinkles, or use all different kinds of sprinkles.

The sprinkles are a fun way to customize these cookies for parties or holidays, using certain colors or shapes. You can also add icing to spritz cookies, but we typically don’t, just following Grandma’s orders.

Bake the cookies for 8-9 minutes and then let cool on a wire rack. Once completely cooled, you can store the cookies in an air tight container, a resealable storage bag, or your cookie jar!

Can You Freeze Spritz Cookies?

Yes! Come to find out that Grandma sometimes bakes these cookies a month ahead of time, freezes them and brings them out anytime she needs them.

They freeze wonderfully, honestly you can even tell they were frozen. This is a great way to prep cookies for Christmas time when you’re making a bunch of different cookie recipes.

spritz cookies on white platter with napkin

Why Are These Cookies Called Spritz?

Spritz comes from the German word Spritzen, which is the German word for squirt, referring to how these cookies come out of a cookie press.

According to traditional recipes, these cookies are made using a piping bag with a decorative tip or, like in this case, a cookie press with patterned discs.

spritz cookies with silver sprinkles on white plate

Why Aren’t My Cookies Releasing From The Press?

Spritz cookies are really easy to make, but sometimes they can be tricky to press. One of the key things when making this cookie recipe is to not overwork the dough. Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl when mixing, but don’t mix the dough for too long after the ingredients are blended together.

Another tip is to make sure that you cream the butter and sugar properly, until it’s light and fluffy, before adding the flour, eggs or milk.

Lastly, try using a cold cookie sheet before pressing out the cookies. Pop your pan into the freezer for a minute to give the cookie dough a cold surface to stick to.

spritz cookies with sprinkles on plate

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spritz cookies on white platter with napkin

Grandma’s Spritz Cookies

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 7 dozen cookies 1x

Grandma’s Spritz Cookies are a family favorite! Buttery, pressed cookies with just a hint of sweetness and covered in sprinkles.

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Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the flour and baking powder to a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add the butter and sugar to the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add the egg, the milk and both extracts and beat until incorporated.
  5. Add the flour on low speed, adding 1/3 of the flour mixture at a time until all the flour is blended into the dough. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to make sure that everything is mixed well, but do not over mix the dough.
  6. Add the dough to the cookies press with your desired disc attachment. Press the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet or a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Decorate the centers of the cookies with sprinkles.
  7. Bake for 7-8 minutes until the cookies have just set. Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for 2 minutes on the pan. Use a spatula to remove the cookies from the sheet pan and onto a cooling rack to cool completely before storing.

Recipe Notes

This recipe is from Grandma, as we’ve said, so it makes a LOT of cookies. You can bake the cookies and then easily freeze them for when you need them!

Store: Store cookies in an air tight container, a cookie jar or a resealable plastic bag. The cookie will keep fresh for about a week.

Freeze: Let the baked cookies cool own completely. Place the cookies in a resealable freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost the cookies at room temperature for 15 minutes and enjoy.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, spritz cookies, cookie recipes, family recipes, butter cookies, pressed cookies

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