Cherry-Almond Spritz Sandwich Cookies

These classic cookies are ready in less than 30 minutes, so you can whip them up all season long. Use real maraschino cherries and almond extract to create the creamy filling.

Cherry-Almond Spritz Sandwich Cookies
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
52 sandwich cookies


  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • cup almond paste, crumbled

  • ¾ cup butter, softened

  • ¾ cup shortening

  • 4 egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Red paste food coloring

  • 4 cup all-purpose flour

  • Sanding sugar

  • 1 recipe Almond-Cherry Filling

Cherry-Almond Filling

  • ¼ cup finely chopped maraschino cherries

  • 1 cup butter, softened

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon cherry liqueur or cherry juice

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large mixing bowl beat granulated sugar and almond paste with an electric mixer on medium to high speed until smooth. Add butter and shortening. Beat until fluffy, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg whites, vanilla, and salt until combined. Gradually beat in enough food coloring until dough reaches desired shade of red. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.

  2. Pack unchilled dough into a cookie press fitted with a ribbon plate. Force dough through the cookie press into 2-inch-long strips onto an ungreased cookie sheet, cutting dough from press with a small knife or metal spatula and spacing strips about 1 inch apart. Sprinkle strips lightly with sanding sugar.

  3. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are firm but not brown. Transfer cookies to a wire rack; cool.

  4. Spread Almond-Cherry Filling on the bottoms of half of the cookies. Top with the remaining cookies, bottom sides down.

Cherry-Almond Filling

  1. Drain maraschino cherries on paper towels; pat dry to remove excess liquid. Set aside. In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in powdered sugar until combined. Beat in cherry liqueur and almond extract. Gently stir in maraschino cherries. Makes 2 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

163 Calories
10g Fat
18g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 52
Calories 163
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0.5mg 3%
Potassium 21mg 0%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 19mcg
Vitamin B-12 0mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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