Spritz Butter Cookies
These butter cookies just melt in your mouth. They are the perfect little bite after a holiday meal (or great for snacking throughout the day!). These recipe came from my mother in law and she has been making them for years. They are one of my husband’s favorite cookies so now I have started making them every holiday for our house.
These spritz butter cookies do require a cookie press, but it is worth investing in one! Cookie presses are pretty easy to use and most come with sets of different stencils to press cookies for a variety of occasions. Mine came with 12 different designs. I would recommend a manual cookie press because the ones with motors don’t seem to last as well, or the motors are too weak to put the dough out of the cookies. I have this one from OXO and it works pretty well.
Press the spritz butter cookies directly onto a baking tray without parchment paper. For some reason, my husband is better at pressing the cookies than I am so I always have him press the cookies. The trick is not to pull the cookie press up before all of the dough has pressed out. There is a little delay once you are done pressing the dough and when the dough has come all the way out of the cookie press onto the baking sheet.
There are so many different ways to decorate them!
- Use little candies
- Dye your dough with coloring
- Dust with powdered sugar
- Sprinkle on colored sugar, or sanding sugar, before baking
- Pipe on a little royal icing
- The options are endless!
I also love that this recipe makes enough to have both vanilla and chocolate so you can really please everyone!
Spritz Butter Cookies
- 1 c butter
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 c sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 1/2 c flour
- 4 oz semi-sweet bakers chocolate
- m&ms optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cream butter and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
- Add sugar slowly and cream for 5-6 minutes until light and fluffy.
- Add in egg and vanilla and mix for 2 additional minutes.
- Sift flour into the stand mixer and then mix on medium-low until dough comes together. The dough will be slightly sticky.
- Melt the chocolate in a small bowl in the microwave in 30-second intervals. Stir the chocolate after every 30 seconds until the chocolate is just melted. Set aside
- Take half of the dough out of the mixer and put it in a small bowl. Load the cookie press with the dough and start pressing cookies directly onto the baking sheet. Add chocolate candies if using.
- Bake cookies for 6 minutes. These cookies should not even brown so watch them carefully.
- Let cookies cool on the pan for a few minutes before putting them on a cooling rack.
- Repeat with the cookie press until the first half of the dough is baked and your chocolate has had time to cool.
- Add the melted chocolate into the dough still in the stand mixer. Mix until on low until chocolate is combined into the dough, if the dough is too stiff use a mixing spoon to mix in the chocolate.
- Fill the cookie press with the chocolate dough, press according to instructions, and bake for 6 minutes.