These are my daughter’s favorite cookies. She begs for them every Christmas. And every year I put off making them because the cookie press was such a pain in the neck to deal with. But because I am such a loving and kind mother, we make these anyway. And now that I’ve gotten the hang of the cookie press, they’re pretty simple.
My little kitchen helper likes to make red and white candy canes, white snowmen and snowflakes, and green Christmas trees and wreaths. The whole process got a lot easier once I convinced her that it was cool when the colors mixed together a bit. Otherwise, I was having to clean the whole cookie press between each color of dough.
We always make the snowmen and snowflakes first, then move to candy canes (so you get some white on the red candy canes) then onto the trees and wreaths. They get a little red residue which just looks like berries on the wreath or ornaments on the tree. Perfect! Sometimes laziness serves us well.
Two crucial tips for working with spritz or press cookie dough:
- You do not want it too stiff. The dough should be sticky, so much so that you think there is no way it is going to work.
- You need non-greased, regular shiny metal cookie sheets like these. If they are non-stick at all, the dough will not adhere when you go to press it onto the sheets.
I have an old cookie press from William-Sonoma, purchased many years ago. They don’t make one anymore that looks at all like mine. I searched on Amazon and found this one, which looks very similar to mine. This one also comes with decorating tips so you could use it for icing cakes and such. This is not such a multi-purpose kitchen tool as to be indispensable, but if you want to make spritz cookies, you have to have one. It doesn’t take up lots of space, so its worth the investment if your family also loves these little buttery gems.
If you want a cute, crispy, buttery cookie that is a snap to mix together, this is your recipe!