The 12 Days of Cookies: Day 11: Spritz Cookies

Spritz Cookies are one of those family favorites that I only ever make at Christmas-time.  I don’t know why either, because they’re not prohibitively difficult to make.  A cross between shortbread and a sugar cookie, I love Spritz flavored with a little extra almond extract.

Spritz Cookies
(Can be doubled, Makes 2 doz)

1 cup butter
2/3 cup sugar
3 beaten egg yolks (save the whites for tomorrow’s omelet)
2 1/2 cup flour + 1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond extract
colored sugars for decorating

1. Cream the butter and sugar.  Mix in the egg yolks and almond extract.

2. Slowly add the flour (with salt mixed in) into the wet ingredients. Beat until combined, but do not overmix.

3. Load the dough into a cookie press. One looks like this:

4. Place cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 375° for 10 minutes.  If you want to decorate your Spritz cookies, give them a quick swipe of egg wash and sprinkle with colored sugar before you bake them. You will want to err on the side of less done as these overbake easily and will get too dry.

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