Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies

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Spritz cookies are some of the prettiest holiday cookies around! With their unique shapes and patterns, they are fun to decorate and perfect to give as a gift.

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

If you are asking yourself, ‘What is a spritz cookie?’ check out this post as part of my Holiday Cookie Masterclass!

Hone your baking skills with other posts from the Holiday Cookie Masterclass including 10 Tips for Perfect Holiday Cookies and All About Drop Cookies!

My only quibble with spritz cookies is that they may be gorgeous, but they often don’t have a lot of flavor. With this recipe, your spritz cookies will no longer just be the pretty cookies on the table, they will taste delicious as well!

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

To overcome a lack of flavor, I added lemon zest and almond extract to these cookies to give a mild yet intriguing flavor to these rather plain butter cookies!

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

These cookies also bring back wonderful memories with my grandmother. When I was younger I would go over to my grandparents’ house and my grandma and I would often bake. I would sit on her kitchen stool and while we baked she would tell me stories of my great-grandmothers baking.

One of our favorite things to bake together was spritz cookies. She first introduced me to a cookie press and later gave me my first one! I always think of her when I make these and she will definitely be getting some spritz cookies this holiday season!

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

Although spritz cookies typically use a cookies press, I prefer piping the cookies as I think it is easier. To pipe these cookies I used a Wilton 8B star piping tip. My two favorite piping designs using the star tip are to pipe 2-3 inch logs or little stars.

To pipe, the logs place your piping tip 1/2 inch above your baking sheet. Apply pressure to the piping bag as you move away from yourself. Pipe to your desired length, just try and make sure they are all around the same size!

To pipe stars, place the piping tip 1/2 inch above the baking sheet and apply pressure. Once your star-shaped cookie is the desired size stop applying pressure and lift up your piping tip. If the cookie dough is stuck to the piping tip, use a thin knife or toothpick to remove the dough.

Another thing I love about these cookies is that there are so many ways to present them. You can make one dough and have a whole platter of unique looking cookies. Here are some of my favorite ways to do this!

  • Make them colorful! Dye the cookie dough with your favorite holiday colors to make them more festive.
  • Sandwich them together! Take two similar sized cookies and fill them with your favorite jam. I used raspberry jam but orange marmalade would also be delicious.
  • Dip them in chocolate. Using your chocolate of choice, dip half of each cookie in melted chocolate. This can be done both with single cookies and sandwich cookies. I used dark chocolate but feel free to use your favorite kind.
  • Bring on the sprinkles. I can’t think of anything more festive than holiday sprinkles! You can put sprinkles on your unbaked cookies for a simple finish. For a different presentation, coat the dipped cookies in sprinkles, just after they have been dipped in chocolate.

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

Now that we know how to decorate these cookies, here are my best baking tips so your cookies can look their best!

  • The number of cookies this recipe makes will depend on the size and shape of your cookies. Additionally, making sandwich cookies will yield fewer cookies.
  • You will be able to pipe the cookies, although the dough will be stiff. If you cannot pipe them, add more milk, a teaspoon at a time until the dough is slightly wet.
  • When dipping the cookies in chocolate, shake off as much excess chocolate as possible. If there is too much excess chocolate on the cookies the sprinkles may slide off (no one wants that!).
  • To make sandwich cookies fill a small plastic bag with your favorite jam. Cut the corner of the plastic bag and pipe the jam onto your cookies!
  • I found it easiest to dip the sandwich cookies in chocolate if you let them sit for a few minutes so the jam can set slightly.

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

If you are looking for more holiday treats, look no further! These are all perfect for gifting if they can make it out of your kitchen 🙂

I will be back next week with another type of cookie! I would love to hear how you decorate your holiday cookies!

Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies – This easy recipe for classic butter cookies is perfect for a holiday party or cookie swap! Learn how to make these pipped bakery style cookies from scratch. With a hint of almond and lemon, these flavored cookies can be made into any shape and filled to make sandwich cookies. Often dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles, these cookies are a fun baking project that your kids will love! Learn how to make these simple homemade cookies that will make your cookie platter even more elegant! Click through to discover the best way to pipe your best Christmas cookies!

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Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

Make your cookies more festive this holiday season! These easy spritz cookies flavored with almond and a hint of lemon are perfect as gifts. With so many ways to decorate these cookies, one recipe can make a whole platter of different holiday cookies!

Ingredients
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • Raspberry jam (optional)
  • Dark chocolate, melted (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. 

  2. Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed beat the sugar and butter for 2-3 minutes or until fluffy and lightened in color. Add in the egg, vanilla, almond extract, lemon zest, and milk. Beat until incorporated. Mix in the flour just until incorporated. 

  3. Using a piping bag fitted with a star tip, fill the piping bag with the batter. Pipe the cookies into logs or stars. 

  4. Bake cookies one sheet at a time for 10-12 minutes or until the cookies are barely brown on the edges. Let cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes then put the cookies on a cooling rack to finish cooling. 

  5. If desired, dip the cookies in melted chocolate and cover with sprinkles. Store these cookies at room temperature for up to a week. 

Recipe Notes
  • The number of cookies this recipe makes will depend on the size and shape of your cookies. Making sandwich cookies will yield fewer cookies.
  • The easiest way to fill a piping bag is to place a piping bag fitted with a star tip in a tall glass and roll back the top of the piping bag.
  • Make sure that all of the cookies on each sheet are the same size and shape for even baking.
  • You will be able to pipe the cookies, although the sough should be stiff. If you cannot pipe them, add more milk, a teaspoon at a time until slightly wet.
  • When dipping the cookies in chocolate, shake off as much excess chocolate as possible. If there is too much excess chocolate the sprinkles may slide off of the chocolate (no one wants that!).
  • To make the sandwich cookies fill a small plastic bag with your favorite jam. Cut the corner of the plastic bag and pipe the jam onto your cookies!
  • I found it easiest to dip the sandwich cookies in chocolate if you let them sit for a few minutes so the jam can set slightly.

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10 thoughts on “Festive Holiday Spritz Cookies

  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE Spritz cookies! My grandmother used to make them all the time – for YEARS she told me it was a super secret recipe, LOL Brat. Now we make them every year! So delish! I’ve never decorated them with anything more than sugar sprinkles since that is how Granny did it, but these look delicious! I may get more adventurous this year!

    1. I always baked them with my grandmother as well an I am glad she finally came clean with the recipe! I hope you try decorating them in other ways!

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