making christmas cookies

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the boys love to help make chirstmas cookies with me. we usually do cookie cutters, but this year i wanted to make the cookie press cookies (also known as spritz cookies) that i used to make with my mom when i was little.

i didn’t have my mom’s recipe, so i found one on pinterest from dulce dough and crossed my fingers. these cookies can be fickle and stick to the inside of the cookie press instead of the cookie sheet. but i got so lucky with the recipe i found because these cookies came out great! and i even made them gluten-free by using gluten free flour. (recipe at the end of this blog post.) i have a wilson cookie pro cookie press, but you can also find a newer version here.

so the boys put on their aprons that my mom made for them and we gathered all of the ingredients.

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they wanted to help me measure and pour the ingredients together. and they really loved turning the mixer on and off. thankfully they took turns instead of fighting over the mixer. hooray for finding their christmas spirit!

making christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog smaking christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog sthey made a small mess. and i let them sit on the kitchen counter. and i let them eat a little bit of the dough. because these are the things that they are going to remember.

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they took turns using the cookie press to make the cookies when quinn wasn’t running around trying to shoot the cookie press like a blaster. boys!

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making christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog smaking christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog sthey didn’t last very long in the helping-mom-make-the-cookies department. they quit before the first batch even went in the oven!

but tate came back into the kitchen fast when they were ready. he just couldn’t stop eating the christmas tree cookies. every time i turned around, he was sneaking another cookie off the cooling rack.

making christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog smaking christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog sthese were supposed to have some big red candy decorations in the middle of them, but i forgot to put them on.

making christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog sthese are the blue snowflakes that the boys loved because they both love the color blue.

making christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog smaking christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog smaking christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog sthis pretty batch had a crumbly end when i burned my finger and dropped the cookie sheet. oops!

making christmas cookie press / spritz cookie recipe ==> tracy-larsen.com/blog sthis is our little assortment of spritz cookies. i just love sprinkles. i have quite a stash…

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spritz cookies

approximately 7 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract or vanilla
  • food coloring, if desired
  • colored sugar and sprinkles, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in flour, salt, egg, almond extract (or vanilla), and food coloring (if desired).
  4. Place dough into a cookie press and press out in desired shapes onto ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. If desired, decorate cookies with colored sugar or sprinkles.
  6. Bake for 5 - 8 minutes or just until cookies are set, but not yet brown.
  7. Transfer cookies immediately from pan to a cooling rack.

recipe source: dulce dough

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Jenn - Yummy! We love making Christmas Cookies too. Pecan Crescents are our favorite…rolling hot cookies in powdered sugar is just heaven on earth. What kind of cookie press do you use? I’ve never had one that worked but yours looks like it did a great job!
Merry Christmas my friend! Love to you and yours :-)

Danielle - Lovely photos and lovely cookies!!! Looks like they turned out beautifully

Clair - This brought back memories for me as well! Gorgeous photos— especially those blue sugared beauties!

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