How to Make Spritz Cookies with a Cookie Press – Handmade Holidays

Spritz are one of my family's all time favorite holiday cookie recipes. A tradition passed down from my grandma to my mom and now to me, we bake Spritz every year using a cookie press. I am so excited to share this family favorite that are always on my Christmas cookie plate with you today: how to make Spritz Cookies.


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What is a Cookie Press?

A cookie press is a tool that extrudes dough into shapes. You can use it for cookies or biscuits. Typically cookie press cookies are decorated with sugar.

The old cookie press that my mom used is worn out but luckily you can still find cookie presses in most cooking and baking stores.  Every year we bake cookies and make candies, filling platters for friends and family. Then we drive to each home and deliver the goods for them to enjoy. It's a fabulous gift that also comes with the gift of a personal visit; our family and friends look forward to these visits every year!

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Christmas Spritz Cookies Recipe with a Cookie Press

The only way to make Spritz is with a cookie press. I now have the Pampered Chef cookie press and it works well but it's not my favorite. If you can find a vintage cookie press, get it! I busted the handle off of mine and for a few years I would hold my fingers over the two holes where the handle was and then try to use the press. Eventually I think I threw it away and I now wish I had saved it. I am holding out hope that it is still in the back of a kitchen cabinet but I am afraid I might have Kon Mari'ed it!


Okay, so back to the cookies… these are super cute with colored sugar shaken on top but that's totally optional. Watch this tutorial video to see how we made the cookies from start to finish:

How to make Spritz Christmas Cookies:

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Heat the over to 400°F.

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Cream softened butter and sugar.

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Add egg and remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.

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Fill the cookie press with dough until full.


Form shaped on an ungreased cookie sheet (the cookies totally have enough butter in them that they will not stick).

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Shake colored sugar onto each cookie if desired.

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Bake 6-9 minutes in the middle rack in the oven. the edges of the cookies should be firm and golden but not brown. Mine are overcooked in these photos.

Remove from the pan and cool before eating.


Click the box below for a printable version of this cookie recipe:


How to Make Spritz Cookies with a Cookie Press – Handmade Holidays 2016

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Adapted from Joy of Cooking – these buttery Spritz cookies are a delicious family favorite for Christmas.

  • Author: Jennifer Priest
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 9 mins
  • Total Time: 29 minutes
  • Yield: 25 Cookies 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Swedish


  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 21/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp almond extract (or any other extract you like)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg


  1. Heat the over to 400°F.
  2. Cream softened butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg and remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.
  4. Fill the cookie press with dough until full.
  5. Form shaped on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Shake colored sugar onto each cookie if desired.
  7. Bake 6-9 minutes in the middle rack in the oven. the edges of the cookies should be firm and golden but not brown.
  8. Remove from the pan and cool before eating.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 100
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 50.5 mg
  • Fat: 7.7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.5 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 27 mg

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And cookies are even better wrapped in cute packaging, right?!


I used Clearsnap stamps and inks with a Stencil1 stencil to decorate tissue paper. I filled small jam jars with 6 cookies each and then sandwiched the stamped and stenciled tissue paper between the lid and ring of the jars. I then wrapped them with twine from The Twinery for an easy finish.


These are the perfect size for passing out to co-workers, teachers, and friends!

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Jennifer Priest is a 20+ year designer in the arts & crafts industry and home DIYer with a passion for creativity. An Army veteran raised on a ranch, from her experience, she shares smart DIY projects that save money and fun craft ideas that anyone can make. Besides blogging, Jennifer is a Master Practitioner and Trainer of NLP, Hypnosis, and MER, and coaches other online entrepreneurs on money mindset, business, and living an intentional life. When not blogging, Jennifer is having adventures in the wilderness, on road trips, playing with her cats, and making paleo food.

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  1. We love spritz cookies and I have a battery operated one that even churns out cheese straw dough it’s great

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