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It's time to break out your spritz cookie press for these festive Christmas spritz cookies! These easy Christmas cookies can be decorated with sprinkles or flavored with citrus, spices or sweet sugar glaze. And if you're looking for healthy cookies, these fit the bill thanks to whole-wheat pastry flour that keeps their texture soft while giving them a boost of fiber. For ideas on how to dress up these spritz cookies even more with different flavorings or a glaze, see Tips below.

Source: EatingWell.com, November 2019


Recipe Summary

30 mins
1 hr 45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Position rack in middle of oven; preheat to 375 degrees F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and almond extracts, beating until blended.

  • Combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl; add to butter mixture gradually, beating on low speed until blended. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  • Press the dough into desired shapes, using a cookie press according to manufacturer's instructions. Place the cookies 1 inch apart on the prepared baking sheets. (Keep the remaining dough covered and refrigerated until ready to use.) Decorate with sprinkles (or sanding sugar), if desired.

  • Bake the cookies, one sheet at a time, until just set and lightly browned around edges, 9 to 10 minutes. Let cool for 3 minutes on the pan, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely, about 20 minutes. Repeat with the remaining dough.


Tips: Try these variations on the basic spritz cookie:

Citrus Spritz Cookies: Omit almond extract; add 1 tsp. each lemon zest and orange zest with flour.

Spiced Spritz Cookies: Add 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. ground ginger and 1/4 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg with flour.

Glazed Spritz Cookies: Combine 1 cup confectioner's sugar, 2 Tbsp. whole milk and 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract; stir until smooth. Brush the glaze over the cooled cookies.

Equipment: Parchment paper; cookie press

To make ahead: Store in a single layer in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

3 cookies
135 calories; protein 1.5g; carbohydrates 14.1g; dietary fiber 0.8g; sugars 5.6g; fat 8g; saturated fat 4.6g; cholesterol 28.1mg; vitamin a iu 247.9IU; folate 16.4mcg; calcium 7.1mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 1.6mg; potassium 11mg; sodium 33.5mg; added sugar 6g.

1 1/2 fat, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 1/2 starch