Basic Spritz Cookies Recipe, Infinite Fun

Basic Spritz Cookies Recipe, Infinite Fun

Spritz Discs Heart, Tree, Flower, Bar

Spritz are one of those timeless recipes that you can be assured someone in the neighborhood makes every Christmas. Light, buttery, just a hint of almond with a soft crunch, these are both my husband and dad’s favorites.

Of course, there is one barrier to entry, you have to own a cookie press.

Spritz Discs: Star, Pumpkin, Wreath, Flower, Ornament

There’s really no way around it. Without a cookie press, spritz cookies are boring lumps. There was a year when our press broke and my mom tried to use cookie stamps, but it really wasn’t the same.

So, is it worth the investment? Another kitchen tool that is single purpose? I think so, if you meet three qualifications:

  1. You or someone you love LOVES spritz cookies
  2. You’re willing to get creative
  3. You have room

Okay, if you qualify for 1 & 2, you’ll probably make room.

The best part about spritz cookies is the all the discs that come with it. I like to add food coloring to the dough, and even mix colors for a textured effect. Also, one batch of dough can make ~6 dozen cookies. SIX DOZEN! Which is a great way to make bulk treats.

The Spritz Cookie recipe is pretty basic, and hasn’t varied much over the years. In poorer times we substituted margarine for butter, and even omitted the almond extract when we didn’t have any. Obviously butter is better, but austere times… Some people don’t even like the almond extract (can you imagine?!?!), so it’s optional but everyone here loves it!

Also, do not chill the dough. I repeat, DO NOT CHILL THE DOUGH. If you do decide to save the dough for another day, cover in plastic and keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Allow to come to room temperature before using. If you don’t, you WILL break your cookie press.

Spritz Discs: Bits & Bops

Basic Spritz Cookies Recipe

Makes 72 cookies

ingredients

  • 1½ cups Butter, softened
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • ¼ tsp Almond Extract (optional)
  • 3 ½ cups Flour
  • Food coloring, sprinkles & toppings (optional)

instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the sugar and baking powder, and beat until combined, scraping the sides if necessary.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla, and almond extract (if desired), beating until combined.
  5. Beat in as much of the flour as you can. Stir in any remaining flour.
    **** This is where you can divide the dough and add color, if desired ****
  6. Force unchilled dough through a cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet, ideally lined with a silpat.
  7. Bake for 8 – 10 min or until lightly golden at the edges.

 

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Trick-or-Krispy Treat?

Trick-or-Krispy Treat?

One year for class Christmas party, back when you could call it a Christmas party, my mom made the most amazing treats for me to bring to school. She hand-crafted 31 Rice Krispy Treat Christmas Trees, each dyed green, and decorated with Nerds and Skittles, and topped with a foil star with the name of each kid in my class written on it.

Labor intensive?

Yes.

Awesome?

Hell yes!

Ever since then, it has mystified me how people think something like this, could be called festive/impressive/worthwhile, when its clearly not:

Crappy decorated stars

For Halloween I was having a krispy-craving so I decided to make some pumpkins for my coworkers, and teach Monkey the ways of the Rice Krispy Treats, that will someday make him the coolest cat around.

We made two batches, one orange and one green…we had too much green so we made some monsters too. There are a couple tricks:

  1. Add the food coloring before the marshmallows are completely melted.
  2. Butter everything; pot, spoon and, most importantly, YOUR HANDS!
  3. Only do one color at a time. Otherwise your treats will get stiff and hard to mold.

From there we basically used the standard Rice Krispy Treat recipe, found on their website or on any box of the stuff:

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Army

Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat Army

ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 10 oz bag Marshmallows (make sure these are fresh, not the stale ones from your last camping trip)
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies (I have not had good luck with substitutions)
  • Food Coloring
  • Extra butter for your hands and things
  • Wax Paper
  • Melted Chocolate

instructions

  1. Butter your pot and spoon.
  2. In a large pot, melt the butter over low heat.
  3. Add the marshmallows, and continue stirring until completely melted (add food coloring towards the end)
  4. Add the Krispies, and stir vigorously until they’re all coated
  5. Are your hands buttered? Butter your hands well!
  6. Working quickly, grab a handful of Kripies and mold into a pumpkin shape. This best way to do this is to make a ball, press it on to wax paper, and then form with your thumbs.
  7. Allow to cool, then decorate with additional colored treats, melted chocolate, or leftover candies of your choice.
Pumpkin Rice Krispy Treat

Happy Treat

Now lick your fingers clean, and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Pumpkin’s a fruit, right?