Spritz

A Christmas classic than can be savored year round. Change up the flavor by adding chocolate or peppermint to these simple cookies.

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Makes:
84 servings
Yields:
84 cookies
Prep:
25 mins
Bake:
8 mins 375°F per batch
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Spritz

Ingredients
1 1/2
1
teaspoon baking powder
1
egg
1
teaspoon vanilla
1/4
teaspoon almond extract (optional)
3 1/2
 
Colored sugar (optional)
1
recipe Powdered Sugar Icing (see recipe below)(optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, vanilla, and, if desired, almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
  2. Force unchilled dough through a cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle cookies with colored sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm but not brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, drizzle cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing.
  3. Makes about 84 cookies.

From the Test Kitchen

Chocolate Spritz:

Prepare as above, except reduce flour to 3-1/4 cups and add 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder with the sugar.

Nutrition Facts per cookie: 58 cal., 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 12 mg chol., 28 mg sodium, 6 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 1 g pro.

Daily Values: 2% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 0% calcium, 1% iron

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Fat

Nutty Spritz:

Prepare as above, except reduce sugar to 2/3 cup and flour to 3-1/4 cups. After adding flour, stir in 1 cup finely ground toasted almonds or hazelnuts (filberts) .

Nutrition Facts per cookie: 64 cal., 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 12 mg chol., 29 mg sodium, 6 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 1 g pro.

Daily Values: 3% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 1% calcium, 2% iron

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1 Fat

Peppermint Spritz:

Prepare as above, except substitute with 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract or 14 drops of peppermint oil for the vanilla and almond extracts. If desired, drizzle cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing and immediately sprinkle with finely crushed striped round peppermint candies.

Nutrition Facts per cookie: 57 cal., 4 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 12 mg chol., 28 mg sodium, 6 g carbo., 0 g fiber, 1 g pro.

Daily Values: 2% vit. A, 0% vit. C, 1% calcium, 1% iron

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Fat

Powdered Sugar Icing

Ingredients

1/2
2
teaspoons milk
1/4
teaspoon vanilla
 
Milk

Directions

  1. In a small bowl stir together powdered sugar, 2 teaspoons milk, and the vanilla. Stir in enough additional milk, 1 teaspoon at a time, to make icing a drizzling consistency.

Nutrition Facts

(Spritz)
    Per serving:
  • 58 kcal cal.,
  • 4 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 12 mg chol.,
  • 28 mg sodium,
  • 6 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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