Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Spritz Cookies

My mom used to make Spritz cookies for Christmas each year.  For those that keep up with my blog, you will remember the entry about the cookies.  I used to steal these from the freezer when she was storing them before the holidays. 

They have been one of my favorites for years. If you do make these cookies, and I suggest you do, after 6 minutes, make sure to watch them.  You only want these to get the slightest bit golden around the edges.
Spritz Cookies
2 ½ cup flour

½ teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
2 egg yolks
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg white, beaten, for decorating
colored sugar or other sprinkles for decorating

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Mix flour and salt in bowl and set aside.
3. Put butter in large bowl of mixer and cream till fluffy. Add the powdered sugar and beat till fluffy. Beat in egg yolks, almond extract and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture to bowl and beat just until blended.
4. Fill press and press dough into shapes on ungreased cookie sheet and decorate with egg white and sprinkles.
5. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until the edges are just golden.

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