Spritz Cookies


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.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 45 mins
6 dozen cookies


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened

  • cup sugar

  • 1 large egg

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract

  • 1 ¼ cups whole-wheat pastry flour

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon Assorted sprinkles or sanding sugar


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 (per serving)

135 Calories
8g Fat
14g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 135
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 6g
Added Sugars 6g 12%
Protein 2g 3%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 28mg 9%
Vitamin A 248IU 5%
Folate 16mcg 4%
Sodium 34mg 1%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Magnesium 2mg 0%
Potassium 11mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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