Merry Christmas Eve everyone!
I could get used to this–a hot cup of tea, blogging in the morning by the fire…do I really have to go back to reality eventually?
We’ve had so many goodies around the house, but hadn’t made any of our own until yesterday afternoon. It just seemed a bit crazy to add to the already massive mounds of holiday goodies. But, my mom had found my grandmother’s old cookie press while going through her things, so we decided to make Spritz cookies.
According to the ever informative Wikipedia,
Spritzgebäck is a type of German Christmas biscuit made of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. When made correctly, the cookies are crisp, fragile, somewhat dry, and buttery. The German verb spritzen means to squirt in English. As the name implies, these cookies are made by extruding, or “squirting” the dough with a press fitted with patterned holes (a cookie press) or with a cake decorator to which a variety of nozzles may be fitted. In the United States, the name is often shortened to spritz.
We actually ended up using the new Pampered Chef cookie press, but I’m not sure the results were any better. I eventually did manage to make about 4 dozen trees and stars, but man, that thing is a pain. Half the time, I was just pressing it and only got 1/4 to 3/4 of the shape, if I was lucky. I finally started to catch on a bit more towards the ends, but even though they turned out darling, I’m not sure many Spritz cookies or any cookies using a cookie press are really in my future.
You can find the recipe we used for the Spritz Cookies on The Splendid Table here.
We also had to make a batch of these for my obsessed father + brother, and here are a few more cookie recipes if you’re in for some Christmas Eve baking:
Hope your day is filled with many treats!