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Pressed cookies make a pretty display on your dessert table. This spritz cookie recipe is a tried and true family recipe. Learn how to use the marcato cookie press and see our complete video review.

Pressed Spritz cookies

Need a last minute pressed cookie to spruce up your party table? Give these yummy shortbread cookies a try. This recipe works great for any cookie press. Delightful shapes can be created in minutes.

WATCH THIS VIDEO for the Pressed Spritz Cookie recipe demonstration and Marcato Cookie press demonstration on how to use a cookie press.

Pressed Spritz Cookies

I have the really ancient cookie press my mom used about a million years ago. Grandma gave it to her. It’s old. Really old!

I finally figured out how to use the thing, after mom came over a while ago and showed me. It was all in parts and I couldn’t make sense of it. Soooo…

Vintage cookie press
My old cookie press. It still works!

I used it a few times and decided I liked the concept but needed a better tool for the job.

I FINALLY bought a new Spritz cookie press. It’s a beauty. Of course you see what I’m comparing it too.

We made Grandma’s Pressed cookie recipe in the demonstration video to show off the Marcato and demonstrate how easy it is to make these adorable holiday treats.

Marcato Cookie Press:

The beautiful white cookies on this post are from our new Marcato cookie (biscuit) press. If you need a cookie press…

Pressed Spritz cookie recipe made with the Marcato cookie Press.

The Marcato is a well built cookie press (this one should last generations like mine did) that works well. It is made in Italy. The press is made of stainless steel, gives you two sizes of cookies. This cookie or biscuit maker includes 20 disks.

THIS IS NOT a sponsored post. Kayti and I just like this press and decided to review it for you. She uses it in our Pressed cookie recipe video.

The only downside to this press that we saw. This cookie press includes only traditional cookie shapes. We were really hoping for some holiday shapes. Grandma’s press does have cute Christmas shapes. I like that.

Spritz Cookie Press Recipe:

My ancient cookie press came with a hand written recipe I have transcribed into this post.  I’m guessing it was Grandmas and she wrote it for mom…and now I’m sharing it with all of you.

We all love it. This recipe is easy to make and work with. Perfect shortbread texture and flavor too.

I remember eating these cookies from holiday trays at Grandma Cash’s house. They were always delicious and very cute party favorites. So now I arrange them on my party tray for the grandkids to nibble.

That is if I can keep them away from my husband! He loves these cookies, so some of them are going into hiding!

If you decide to color the dough:

Colored shortbread dough
Green dough ready to be pressed. Adding color to your dough adds to a theme for your holiday cookies.
  • Divide the dough into a separate bowl
  • add the color you prefer and mix it up until you like the color tone.
  • Press the dough into your favorite shapes and bake! It’s a cinch!
  • I also used the icing recipe here to create designs on the cookies with sprinkles.

This Spritz cookie recipe makes about 60 small cookies or 40 large .

Compare the Cookie Results

Spritz cookie recipe on a plate with marmalade in the center.
Grandmas spritz Cookie recipe made with the Marcato cookie press.

The cookies below were made with my Grandma’s old spritz cookie press. My Marcato cookie press makes much prettier cookies with cleaner sharper lines in the cookie shapes.

The marcato is very easy to use once you get the hang of it and it’s well built. It has a box to store it’s parts too.

Pressed spritz cookies
A tray of pressed spritz cookies made with grandma’s cookie press. Not as pretty as the marcato cookies.

Spritz cookies are a lot of fun to make and decorate. especially if you have junior cooks around that want to help. Older kids can handle the press and little ones can help with the sprinkles. 🙂

If you have favorite icings or other ideas for these pressed spritz cookies share them in the comments section. I’d love more ideas.

Simple glaze Recipe :

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Add 1/2 Tablespoon milk and continue to thin to desired consistency.
  • Put the glaze in a quart resealable bag and cut off a tiny corner.
  • Trace the patterns on the cookies with lines of glaze
  • Sprinkle Christmas sprinkles over the glaze. The sprinkles will stick the glaze enhancing you cookie design.
Spritz Cookie recipe with colored doughs and sprinkles.
Pressed Spritz cookies all decorated for Christmas

Follow the link for another popular Decorating icing that is dairy free.

Your printable recipe Card:

Pressed Spritz cookies
Yield: 60 small or 40 large cookies

Pressed Spritz cookies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
decorating time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Make delicious shortbread pressed spritz cookies into holiday shapes by putting them through a cookie press! Pressed cookies make a pretty display on your holiday table and they are so EASY to make!


For the Cookies:

  • 3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp.baking powder
  • 1 1/2 Cups butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract


  • 1 Cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. Beat butter for 30 second with an electric mixer in a large bowl.
  4. Add sugars and beat till fluffy and pale yellow.
  5. Add egg, vanilla, almond extract and beat.
  6. Gradually add dry ingredients to beaten mixture, in small batches, beating after each addition until the ingredients are all thoroughly combined. Do not over mix!
  7. Force dough through your cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
  8. Bake in oven for 7 or 8 minutes until just done. They should be almost but not quite browned on the edges. Watch them!
  9. Cool on wire rack.

For the icing:

  1. Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.
  2. Adjust to the consistency you desire by adding milk in TINY amounts. Beware it is easy to go from too thick to too thin.
  3. Decorate the cookies with icing and sprinkles as desired.


This dough may divided into smaller amounts for different coloring groups.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 134Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 23mgSodium 57mgCarbohydrates 16gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 1g

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Sunday 4th of October 2020

You can buy third party cookie press disks off of Amazon. I got the Mercato press and bought some sets of plastic disks and they work pretty well — instead of fitting down into the press’s screw-on bottom the plastic disk sits on top of it inside next to the dough, and it seals well enough that dough doesn’t squirt around the plastic disk. That added a WHOLE bunch of options. The plastic disks are kinda spendy but the available options are great.


Wednesday 18th of November 2020

@Metra, What ones did you find that fit?


Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Hi, how much is 1.5 cups of butter in grams?


Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Hi Emma, 1.5 Cups of butter equals 340 grams.Thanks and have a great day.


Thursday 29th of December 2016

For the first time this year I made spritz cookies! They are so easy! My grandson so enjoyed making them with me. Next time I'm going to have to try adding food coloring.


Thursday 29th of December 2016

It's a fun project. The food coloring really upped the festive elements. Happy holidays!

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Thursday 24th of December 2015

[…] cookies and pressed spritz cookies, are really popular at our house. The rich buttery cookies disappear hot off the cooling rack. […]


Thursday 24th of December 2015

How much egg? I started making these and then realized the recipe didn't state how much egg.


Thursday 24th of December 2015

Hi DC, I have updated the recipe! There is one egg. So sorry I missed that in the recipe.

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