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

Source: Better Homes and Gardens

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Karla Conrad

Recipe Summary

prep:
25 mins
bake:
8 mins at 375° per batch
Servings:
84
Yield:
84 cookies
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Spritz

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Makes about 84 cookies.

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% ironExchanges: 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% ironExchanges: 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% ironExchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1/2 Fat

Nutrition Facts (Spritz)

58 calories; total fat 4g; saturated fat 2g; polyunsaturated fatg; monounsaturated fat 2g; cholesterol 12mg; sodium 28mg; potassium 8mg; carbohydrates 6g; fiberg; sugar 2g; protein 1g; vitamin aRE; vitamin a 97IU; vitamin cmg; thiaminmg; riboflavinmg; niacin equivalentsmg; vitamin b6mg; folate 8mcg; vitamin b12mcg; calciummg; ironmg.

Powdered Sugar Icing

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Directions

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  • 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.

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Reviews (1)

32 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 15
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/13/2017
I made the chocolate variety. Cook times were accurate for me and the cookies were yummy. I made camels and terriers and got ~130 cookies, instead of the listed 84.