Welcome to week two of the Holiday Cookie Masterclass! This week’s theme is all about spritz cookies!
So what is a spritz cookie? Spritz cookies are butter cookies that are either piped onto a baking sheet or pressed out using a cookie press.
One of my favorite things about these cookies is that you can make them whatever shape you would like! I prefer to use a piping bag but you may use a cookie press as well. Either way, get creative with the shapes and decorations on these cookies!
Here are my favorite baking tips for making festive spritz cookies!
Use room temperature butter. This will allow you to easily cream the butter and sugar. In addition, it gives the cookie the perfect texture.
The mixer is your friend. Whip the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until fluffy and lightened in color. This gives the cookies the best texture.
Use a star piping tip. I always wondered how bakeries got cookies with those elegant ridges. The answer is to use a star piping tip! like to use a Wilton 8B star piping tip.
Be creative with the shape of your cookies. One reason I love piping the cookies is that you can make whatever shape you want! Just make sure that all the cookies on the same baking sheet are the same size. This is so they will be done baking at the same time!
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.
Bake one batch of cookies at a time. I know it is tempting to want to bake your cookies as quickly as possible since let’s admit all we really want is to eat the cookies! But baking your cookies one baking sheet at a time in the middle rack of the oven allows for even baking of cookies. This is especially important with spritz cookies as you only want the cookies to brown slightly on the edges of the cookies.
Keep a close eye on your cookies! This is especially important with spritz cookies. Since you do not want the top of the cookies to brown you need to keep a close eye on them. I like to set a timer for 6 minutes, rotate the pan and then check again after 2-4 minutes. They can go from underbaked to overbaked in seconds (yes, I know that from experience!).
Sandwich them together. What could be better than one cookie? Two cookies, of course! I love taking two cookies of the same size and filling them with jam. Raspberry is my favorite but orange marmalade would be delicious as well!
Take a chocolate bath. Nothing is more festive than a delicious butter cookie dipped in chocolate and covered in festive holiday sprinkles. Melt your favorite chocolate and dip half of each cookie in it. Lay the cookies on parchment paper or a silicone baking mat until the chocolate dries. This presentation is very festive and makes for stunning holiday cookies.
Stay tuned for a delicious cookie recipe using all of the techniques and tips I discussed above!