Make these delicious shortbread pressed spritz cookies in holiday shapes by putting them through a cookie press! Shortbread cookies make a pretty display on your holiday table and they are so EASY to make!
Need a last minute cookie to spruce up your party table? Give these yummy shortbread cookies a try. This recipe works great for a cookie press. Delightful shapes can be created in minutes.
Our Christmas Party is a bit late this year. So today is my baking day. I have a really ancient cookie press my mom used about a million years ago, and maybe she was given it by Grandma…I’m not sure. But 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. But now it’s making cute cookies at high speed. I’m pretty sure if you have a cookie press it’s a lot better than this one, and easier to use!
UPDATE: I FINALLY bought a new cookie press and took it to Kayti’s. We made this recipe with the video. The beautiful white cookies on this post are from our new Marcato cookie (biscuit) press. If you need a cookie press…
We recommend the Marcato for a well built cookie press (this one should last generations like mine did) that works well, gives you two sizes of cookies and comes with 20 cookies 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.
Recipe notes on Pressed Spritz Cookies:
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 they will be 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:
- 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 recipe makes about 60 small pressed cookies or 40 large cookies.
You have creative license to play with various decorating ideas. I go with simple pretty much every time. If you have favorite icings or other ideas for these pressed spritz cookies share them in the comments section. I’d love more ideas!
I made a simple glaze of :
- 1 cup powdered sugar,
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Add 1/2 Tablespoon milk and continue to thin to desired consistency.
- I put the glaze in a quart resealabe bag and cut off a tiny corner. Then I traced the patterns on the cookies with lines of glaze and sprinkled Christmas sprinkles over the glaze.
Follow the link for another popular Decorating icing that is dairy free.
Your printable recipe Card:
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!
- 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
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In a medium bowl whisk together flour and baking powder. Set aside.
Beat butter for 30 second with an electric mixer in a large bowl.
- Add sugars and beat till fluffy and pale yellow.
- Add egg, vanilla, almond extract and beat.
- 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!
- Force dough through your cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake in oven for 7 or 8 minutes until just done. They should be almost but not quite browned on the edges. Watch them!
- Cool on wire rack.
Mix the powdered sugar, vanilla and milk.
Adjust to the consistency you desire by adding milk in TINY amounts. Beware it is easy to go from too thick to too thin.
Decorate the cookies with icing and sprinkles as desired.
This dough may divided into smaller amounts for different coloring groups.