To Spritz or Not to Spritz

Ok, keeping up with our cookie them, we cannot leave out the infamous classic, the spritz cookie.  I am, personally, not the biggest fan.  When I was a kid...
Christmas cookies in a decrative box sitting on a table.

Ok, keeping up with our cookie them, we cannot leave out the infamous classic, the spritz cookie.  I am, personally, not the biggest fan.  When I was a kid it seemed like you needed a gallon of milk or water to wash those puppies down.  Furthermore, the recipe is so temperamental.  That is just my opinion, I know so many people who love them and crave them during the holidays.  If you are one of these people, I researched the history of the spritz cookie because it has been around forever!  According to ask.com, the spritz cookie,” During the 1500s, the custom of making gingerbread transitioned into the making of Spritz cookies. The recipe was passed down from parents to children as a Christmas tradition. Spritz cookies are made with butter, flour, sugar and eggs. The dough is squirted through a cookie press to make various designs, and the cookie is buttery and crispy. Scandinavian countries serve this dessert during the Christmas season. The shapes are often Christmas trees, flowers or various designs. A Norwegian version of the cookie is shaped in S’s and O’s. Food coloring, raisins, nuts, candied fruit and almond or citrus extract can be added for flavor.”

http://www.ask.com/food/history-spritz-cookies-6a1ba4969e8e83bd

So while I may not like them, they have made the cut during the holidays for hundreds of years.  Here is a full proof recipe so you can form your own opinion. Look on the bright side, you make these gluten free, that’s awesome!

Best Ever Spritz Cookie

The best ever recipe for buttery spritz cookies with festive variations, perfect for a Christmas party dessert.

45 min.

prep time

1:10

total time

60 cookies

1 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2/3 cup sugar

1 Land O Lakes® Egg

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

 

Heat oven to 400°F.

Combine all ingredients except flour in bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Add flour; beat at low speed until well mixed. Prepare dough as directed by variations below, if desired. (If dough is too soft, cover and refrigerate, 30-45 minutes.)

Place dough into cookie press fitted with template. Form desired shapes, 1 inch apart, onto ungreased cookie sheets.

Bake 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.

http://www.landolakes.com/recipe/1859/best-ever-spritz-cookie

 

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