Spritzgebäck Cookies are a German Christmas tradition, very popular in the Nordic countries as well. And they’re quickly winning the taste buds of many on this side of the Atlantic.
A simple, rich buttery recipe makes these delicate, crumbly cookies, somewhat reminiscent of shortbread in texture. (As a matter of fact, Google translates Spritzgebäck as Shortbread.) Spritz can be translated as To Squirt or Spatter, and you’ll see why when you”re pushing the dough out of the press.
Sveico Spritz Cookies Recipe
1¼ cups butter
¼ cup sugar
3¼ cups wheat flour
1 egg yolk
Mix all ingredients to a smooth dough.
Fill the cookie press and use the star shape.
Press and make cookies of around 9 inches, shaped into a ring.
Bake on a buttered baking tray in a medium hot oven (400° F) for about 8-12 minutes
Simplicity Spritz Cookies Recipe
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg or 3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp almond extract
1/8 tsp salt
2-1/2 cups sifted bread flour
Cream butter, adding sugar gradually.
Add egg unbeaten, then add sifted dry ingredients and extract.
Mold with your cookie press on an aluminum cooky sheet.
Bake in a hot 400°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes.
Nordic Ware Spritz Cookies Recipe
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 tsp. baking powder
2/3 cup sugar
2-1/4 cups flour
1 tsp. almond extract
Cream shortening, add sugar then beaten egg.
Add sifted dry ingredients and extract. Pack into your cookie press.
Press through desired design plate onto ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.
Cookie Press Tips from Nordic Ware
1. Before and after using, wash out cylinder thoroughly, particularly threads in caps and cylinder. This will also insure that no dough dries in cylinder or caps. Clean and dry steel spindle and apply a bit of salad oil if press is to be stored for awhile.
2. Cookie dough should be cold but not chilled or frozen . The dough should be soft enough to be easily pressed through the design discs. (Handle should turn easily.)
3. To fill Cookie King Press: Turn handle backwards as far as it will go. Unscrew the cap on the end opposite from the handle. Form dough into a roll to fit into cylinder. Then add a little dough to fill completely. Select the desired disc, place in cap and screw into cylinder.
4. Cookies such as spritz, pretzels, etc. and others formed by using star forms, circle forms and serrated bar forms are best made by holding press in writing position. All other cookies such as heart, snowman, dog, gingerbread boy, Christmas trees, rosette flower form , etc. are best made by placing press at right angles and touching baking sheet. Turn handle just enough to form desired size of cookie.
5. Be sure that both bottom and top screw caps are put on tightly. Turn handle to right and dough will be forced out of bottom in shapes which are guided to suit your fancy.