Spritz Cookies

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The German gave me her cookie press when I got married and it’s on its last leg.  That wonderful workhorse has lasted through at least 40 Christmases.

Spritz Cookie Press

It’s a vintage aluminum tube with a screw-on top.  You crank the handle and it pushes the dough through the tube to get the desired length and form for your cookies.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when it finally gives way…maybe start hunting through antique shops for one.

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I have a newer Wilton cookie press, but it’s just not my old one.  A baker wants what she wants, no?

Nevertheless, old or new cookie press, one of our favorite family favs is the Spritz cookie.

Who doesn’t love a good butter cookie?

When I bake these during the holidays, I always make more than intended, so I can stash some in the freezer until after the Christmas/New Year’s rush has passed.  Then I wait for a particularly cold and miserable day, make some hot chocolate and grab a few cookies from the freezer.  Talk about making all right with the world again.  So much YES!

Spritz Cookies

Yield: About 5 dozen


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract


  1. Heat over to 400°.
  2. Mix butter and salt.
  3. Mix in remaining ingredients.
  4. Place dough in cookie press; form desired shapes on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake until set but not brown, 6 to 9 minutes.
  6. Immediately remove from cookie sheet.


* Chocolate Spritz: Stir in 2 ounces melted unsweetened chocolate (cool) into butter mixture.


With the holidays so far ahead of us, I figured this may be the time to start seriously looking for a new vintage press.

Cause come on, we gotta have these cookies.



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  1. Ooh, I love spritz cookies! I had a press for a while, a Pampered Chef version I think, but I never really liked it. It wasn’t quite sturdy enough. But the cookies are so delicious!

  2. Leyna Odell says

    Oh my goodness! Spritz cookies are seriously the best! My family was stationed in Germany when I was a kid, and my mom discovered spritz cookies there. She makes them every year for Christmas and we just gobble them up (although we usually end up making like 10 batches because they are SO good!). That authentic press looks pretty amazing! I would start searching for a new one now so that you can be ready to go with one you love when the older press makes it’s last cookie.

  3. Thank you for linking up at Meal Planning Monday Recipe Link-Up last week! I love spritz cookies, my grandma always used to make them, and I make them at Christmas every year as well. I think I may have to get out my cookie press and make some from St. Patrick’s Day. 🙂 I hope you stop by my linky party again this week. aprilshomemaking.com/2014/03/meal-planning-monday-recipe-link-up-2.html

  4. My Aunt used to make these so they always remind me of her. Sprinkled with colored sprinkles at Christmas time, pink and green at Easter. I’ve never known her to make the chocolate version, however. Yum!

  5. Ahh!! Love these cookies!!!

  6. I know that what I am about to say might make you itchy, but I see these at garage sales all the time…maybe not in that snazzy colour, but all the time…perhaps if I find one this year I will have a give away of my own 🙂

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      You’re right, it does make me itchy, but I could bleach it, right?! ALL THE TIME?! (please don’t make me go to a garage sale!)

  7. Great recipe! These cookies remind me of my childhood overseas 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. I have never heard of Spritz cookies but I’m sure I’ve tasted some that look like these before. They look like fun to make (and eat!).

  9. Oh yum. I have a soft spot for cookies like this! Adding them to my list. 🙂

  10. OMG I have that same cookie press – the aluminum one!!! And it’s been in the pantry for ages and we’ve never used it. I think I may have to try your recipe with it!! Pinning so I’ll have it handy next time I get the urge for some cookies!

    Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Wait. You have the cookie press…but…you’ve…never used it?! WOMAN! Get to baking. You can thank me after you come out of your Spritz cookie come.

  11. I’ve never had a cookie press! It sounds like I am seriously missing out. Now I have to start hunting at antique shops…

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I’ve had several of the newer versions and have always been disappointed. I need to start looking too!

  12. Penny @ The Comforts of Home says

    My mom used to have one of these years ago and made Christmas cookies. I would love it if you would share this on my Tasty Tuesday party!

  13. Patti, I’m so glad you brought these to Treasure Box Tuesday. You know I love the story and the vintage press! ♥ The recipe sounds delicious. Pinned and tweeted! 😀

  14. my mom gave me her press two years ago! happy days!

  15. Im always looking for new cookie or biscuit recioes and they’re one of the few baked goods that my sons will eat. I would love to give these a try, would you have measurement s in grams or pounds for the ingredients, especislly the butter.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      I don’t have the measurements in grams, but I bet if you googled a converter, that would do the trick. Hope your son loves these!

  16. I need one of these right now. Seriously. In my hands I need one…or two…or five…

  17. These seriously look delish!! I have them pinned so I don’t have to wonder where I saw them!! I’m so glad I found you linked up next to me over at MYHSM

  18. Oh my yumminess!! These look amazing! I have never heard of Spritz Cookies but I think I’m going to be in love. Thanks for sharing at The Mommy Club Link Party.

    • Mrs. Tucker says

      Never EVER?! Oh, my. You must remedy this by baking them. I apologize in advance for what will be your new addiction.


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