Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies are buttery and sweet pressed cookies. They are festive and so fun to make, with all kinds of shapes!

You can create a variety of gorgeous patterns and toppings. These are stunning cookies to display and make a great addition to your holiday spread. We love handing out these bite size beauties to our neighbors! For more perfectly merry cookies try Christmas Thumbprint Cookies, Peppermint Sugar Cookies, and Holiday Blossom Cookies.

Christmas colored spritz cookies piled onto a plate

What is a spritz cookie?

Spritz cookies are similar to both sugar cookies and shortbread cookies. They are buttery and show off a beautiful intricate design.

The term “Spritz” is taken from the German word that means to squirt. As you “squirt” out each beautiful cookie you can see how it lives up to its name.

These cookies instantly transport me to my childhood. We made these every year during Christmas time. I love to color the dough and creating magical shapes. They are the BEST warm out of the oven, but they also make a perfectly delish dipping cookie to go with your milk.

Spritz cookie dough in a mixing bowl

Using a Cookie Press

To get the best spritz cookie I recommend purchasing a cookie press. There are several brands. Read the reviews and choose one that has several decorative shape options. 

Don’t have a decorative cookie press? If you don’t have a cookie press you can try using a piping bag with different decorative tips. The dough is on the thicker side, so you may want to choose a larger tip and squeeze firmly. The dough does not spread much at all so the shape you pipe out will be the shape of the baked cookie. For this reason, when you pipe out the dough be sure that all parts are touching. 

Pressing Tips: 

  • The biggest tip I can recommend is to use a PLAIN, UNGREASED, COLD cookie sheet. You want the bottom of the cookie to stick to the baking sheet so it won’t get stuck in the cookie press.
  • Go ahead and click the cookie press a couple of times to help the dough release easier.

How to make spritz cookies with a cookie press

How to Make Spritz Cookies

PREP. Preheat the oven to 400.

DOUGH. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth. Add the flour and salt to the bowl and mix until combined. It really helps to make sure the cookie dough is about the texture of soft play dough.

COLOR. Add gel food coloring to the dough if desired.

PRESS. Add the dough to a cookie press with the desired shape of plate attached. Press the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.

(Note: If you try to bake them on a greased or lined baking sheet, the dough will stick to the cookie press instead and won’t stay on the sheet.)

BAKE. Bake 6-8 minutes, until cooked through but not browned. Let cool before serving.

Variations

One obvious way to get various types of cookies is to use the different shapes that come with the cookie press. The Other is to add color and decorations.

  • Color the dough: Use gel food coloring and not the liquid coloring. You only need a couple of drops of the gel whereas you would need several drops of the liquid which then thins out the dough. Colored cookies tend to brown more quickly than plain cookies so watch carefully. 
  • Add different sprinkles, sparkling sugar, finely chopped nuts before baking
  • Drizzle with glaze or chocolate after baking

Butter spritz cookies cooking on a wire rack

Making Ahead and Storing

MAKE AHEAD: You can make the dough ahead of time and keep it covered in the fridge for up to 4 days. Simply allow it to come to room temperature (30-40 minutes) before pressing and baking.

If you want to freeze the dough you have two options: First, roll the dough into a log, wrap with plastic and again with foil then freeze. You can also stamp out the dough into shapes, place the dough into the freezer. Once frozen, place the shaped dough into a freezer safe bag. Frozen dough can keep for up to 3 months. To bake: Allow the dough to thaw to room temperature before baking.

STORAGE: Spritz cookies store really well, so they are great for shipping to family and friends who live far away. Keep in an airtight conditioner for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

An easy way to package them to give away is to purchase a holiday tin. You can find inexpensive ones at the dollar store and walmart. Fill the tin with cupcake liners and then stack the cookies in the liners. If you decide to ship these to faraway friends, I recommend freezing them and then placing the frozen cookies into the package to ship.

Christmas colored spritz cookies piled onto a white plate

Serve these cookies with a Warm Drink:

For more cookies, try:

Spritz Cookie Recipe

5 from 17 votes
Spritz cookies are buttery and sweet pressed cookies. They are festive and so fun to make, with all kinds of shapes!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

for the cookies:

for decorating:

  • gel food coloring
  • colorful sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400. Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg, almond extract, and vanilla extract, and beat until smooth. Add the flour and salt to the bowl and mix until combined. Add gel food coloring to the dough if desired.
  • Add the dough to a cookie press with the desired shape of plate attached. Press the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Decorate with sprinkles, if desired.
  • Bake 6-8 minutes, until cooked through but not browned. Let cool before serving.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    LOVE these cookies! I made a double batch because I hand out cookies to everyone at Christmas! Even my local Police Dept. Everyone looks forward to my deliveries this time of year! Thank you for posting it!!

  2. 5 stars
    Love these cookies! They are so buttery and the sweetness is just right for my taste. I’ll surely be making more for giveaways this Christmas!

  3. 5 stars
    I was searching high and low for a Spritz cookies recipe that reminded me of my grandmother’s cookies and I couldn’t find one… until yours!! Yours was perfect! It tastes just like she made. Thank you so much for allowing me now to reminisce and make “her” cookies

  4. Hi Kristyn,
    I don’t have a stand mixer or hand mixer so I cream butter and sugar (and just butter itself) using a hand whisk. However, whenever I do so all the butter gets stuck inside the whisk and it’s annoying, but I will never, ever get a stand mixer because they are so expensive and I don’t need it. So any tips on beating butter?