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Spritz Cookies Recipe

Almond flavored Swedish spritz cookies made with a cookie press were my family's favorite Christmas cookie when I was growing up. We always made green tree shaped cookies, pink and plain dough colored flower cookies, and plain dough colored dog shaped cookies.

Spritz Christmas Cookies

Spritz Cookie Ingredients
- 3-1/2 cups of all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1-1/2 cups of butter, softened
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract

Spritz Cookie Instructions
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix the flour and baking powder in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until fluffy. Mix in the egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Gradually stir in the flour mixture. Fill a cookie press with the dough and press onto ungreased cookie sheets using one or more of the cookie shaping disks that came with your cookie press. Bake the cookies in the preheated 350 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the edges are light golden brown. Remove the cookie sheets from the oven and place them on a cooling rack for two minutes. Remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and let them cool completely

Colored Spritz Cookies
If colored cookies are desired, mix food coloring into the butter before it is blended with the sugar and before the set ingredients are mixed with the dry ingredients.

Decorated Spritz Cookies
If you wish to decorate the tops of your Spritz cookies with sprinkles or candied fruit, decorate the cookies before baking them. When I was growing up, we usually placed a green or red candied cherry in the center of the flower shaped cookies. We decorated all of our spritz cookies using some or all of these decorations: red sugar, green sugar, tiny, mixed-color candy balls known as "non pareils", pieces of candied green and red cherries, and larger silver ball-shaped cookie decorations known as "silver dragees". Note that silver dragees are no longer considered edible by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and they may not be available in all 50 of the United States.

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