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Spritz Cookies

on December 18, 2013

These cookies are a family Christmas staple.

Grandma and Grandpa were the ones who always made these Spritz Cookies.

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They had a cookie press that you had to crank on the end to get the cookies to come out and it was always a challenge to get the dough to come out of the press the right way.

We just let them handle it. Actually, Grandpa usually handled it. Grandma manned the knife and cut the flat cookies apart.

At some point I received a cookie press as a gift and I was able to make Spritz Cookies myself.

I didn’t know there were so many shapes you could make – they always made the flat plank type cookie shape.

I read conflicting reports about the origin of these cookies – some say they’re German and some say they’re Scandinavian.

They sure seem Scandinavian to me – they use the same 4 ingredients that make most recipes made by the farmers that came to this area from Scandinavia: sugar, flour, butter, and eggs.

In either case – they’re delicious!


Spritz 2

This recipe has the “V Good” connotation AND the note that this is the recipe Grandma always used AND where she got the recipe.

That means this is a good one!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Spritz Cookies

1 cup butter

3 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup white sugar

1 egg yolk

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 1/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Cream butter and cream cheese – gradually add sugar, beat until light fluffy.

Beat in egg yolk and vanilla.

Sift dry ingredients together and add to creamed mixture.

Use cookie press to form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Grandma didn’t think they should get brown at all but I don’t mind them a bit brown around the edges.


It doesn’t look like a lot of dough but the card says it makes 8 dozen cookies.


This shape is not my favorite to make – it’s a bit labor intensive.


I’m not sure why, but this is the shape Grandma and Grandpa always made.


There are 20 discs that come with the cookie press so you can experiment with lots of different shapes.


These cookies are another great memory of Christmas growing up.

5 responses to “Spritz Cookies

  1. Meg says:

    Good with coffee…or even plain! 🙂

  2. […] can see some of the cookies I’ve made on the blog displayed on it: Spritz Cookies, Christmas Wreath Cookies and Peanut […]

  3. […] baking day (I’ve posted about a couple of those other cookies – Sanbakkelse, Spritz Cookies, Lefse, and Lefse #2) where my mom comes and one or both of my daughters, so the baking of all […]

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