From the Recipe Box: Spritz Cookies

by kitchenarian on December 18, 2010

My grandmother made spritz cookies. While she baked many wonderful treats, I consider this her signature cookie. I think she must have made thousands of them every year. Whenever I would visit her she would always send me home with a container of spritz cookies. She kept them in her freezer and was always prepared to give them away. At Christmas time, there were tins of spritz cookies stacked in her kitchen and everyone that stopped by her house always went home with some of her sweet, buttery cookies.

I don’t have my grandmother’s recipe for spritz cookies; I wish I did. So I used the recipe from the book, Rose’s Christmas Cookies by Rose Levy Beranbaum.

Ingredients:

½ cup blanched sliced almonds
¾ cup sugar
1 cup unsalted butter
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
pinch of salt

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Process the almonds and the sugar in a food processor until powdery fine. Cut the butter into a few pieces and add it with the food processor running. Add the egg and the extracts and process until incorporated. Add the flour ½ cup at a time until just blended. Add the salt. (You can use a stand mixer for this recipe, but you will need to grate the almonds until fine. The food processor is an easier method.) Form dough into ball and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Line your cookie sheets with silpat. Scoop dough into a cookie press or pastry bag with #6 star pastry tip and press onto the cookie sheet. Decorate with dragées, sugar sprinkles or glacé cherries. Bake for 10 minutes or until slightly golden.

Kitchenarian note: I left out the almond extract for more of a buttery flavor. The cookie still has a slight almond flavor because of the almonds in it. Use pure extracts for this recipe.

Enjoy!

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Kate @ Diethood.com December 18, 2010 at 10:03 am

Grandma’s recipes are always better, right? Well that plate looks like it’s ready to be eaten – delish!

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Gourmet Gadget Gal December 18, 2010 at 6:49 pm

My grandmother, who is almost 93, just gave me her mother’s recipe box filled with her handwritten recipes. I haven’t loved a gift so much since I was a child. Any recipe that brings the memories of the people who love us and whom we love are the most special ones. I bet you loved everything she pulled out of that freezer!

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Rich December 19, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Those look great! If I had thousands of something in my house, I’d want them to be those. As it is, though, I’m not quite sure I even have hundreds of anything. Maybe dozens … But I digress. Those cookies look fantastic.

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RavieNomNoms December 20, 2010 at 11:14 am

I love spritz cookies…they are one of my favorite holiday cookies!

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Nikki December 20, 2010 at 11:53 am

These are so cute! I love the silver dots.

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Evan @swEEts December 20, 2010 at 5:28 pm

These cookies remind me of my grandmother as well! Now my mom makes them and I guess it’s my turn to actually buy a press and do them myself! Your look delicious 🙂 I used to love those little silver sprinkles when I was a kid!

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Danielle@Runs With Spatulas December 29, 2010 at 2:29 pm

I just rediscovered spritz cookies after many years of not making them. They are definitely delicious, and Grandma’s are always the best. Maybe some day you’ll find that recipe again.

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SpiceOpolis January 8, 2011 at 12:09 am

I made this recipe for Christmas and I had to come back and tell you how amazing these cookies were! Just like my Grandma used to make, thank you!

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kitchenarian January 8, 2011 at 9:14 am

Thank you for taking the time to come back and let me know you baked these. I thought these cookies were amazing too.

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