This week has been big for us and baking!! Today, I had a day off and wanted to make a classic. To me, Christmastime means one thing: SPRITZ COOKIES!!! They are simple and small but they are easily the most recognizable of seasonal cookies. My husband’s family made them, my family made them, and my guess is a lot of your families made them too.
This year I decided I wanted to mix the spritz cookies up and used orange zest instead of vanilla to flavor them. It added a unique flavor and it gives the cookies a slight pop of color too. I decided to go relatively simple with the decoration and went with some basic red and green sprinkles.
Another thing I have learned about spritz cookies is the importance of a good cookie press. This is mainly true if you want to make the “stamped” type where you basically drop out a shaped cookie. The press needs to provide the right amount of pressure to make a proper sized cookie. The dough also can’t be too sticky or you will never get a solid shape.
Orange Spritz Cookies
- 1/2 Cup Sugar
- 1 Cup Butter 2 Sticks, Softened
- 2 1/4 Cup All-Purpose Flour
- 1/2 Tbs Orange Zest
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 1 Egg
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- Beat the butter and sugar together in a stand mixer until combined.
- Add the egg and orange zest.
- Gradually add in the flour and salt until combined.
- Use a cookie press to extrude out ribbons or stamp out various shapes.
- Decorate with sprinkles or other decorations. Bake for 6 minutes, do not over crowd the oven with baking sheets. Remove and allow to cool on a rack.