Recipes and Cooking Spritz A Christmas classic than can be savored year round. Change up the flavor by adding chocolate or peppermint to these simple cookies. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Updated on September 25, 2020 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Karla Conrad Prep Time: 25 mins Bake Time: 8 mins Total Time: 25 mins Servings: 84 Yield: 84 cookies Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 egg 1 teaspoon vanilla ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional) 3 ½ cup all-purpose flour Colored sugar (optional) 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing (optional) Powdered Sugar Icing ½ cup powdered sugar 2 teaspoon milk ¼ teaspoon vanilla Milk Directions 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. 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. Makes about 84 cookies. Powdered Sugar Icing 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. 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 Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 58 Calories 4g Fat 6g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Servings Per Recipe 84 Calories 58 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 5% Saturated Fat 2g 10% Cholesterol 12mg 4% Sodium 28mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 6g 2% Total Sugars 2g Protein 1g Iron 0.2mg 1% Potassium 8mg 0% Folate, total 8.1mcg *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.