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Christmas Tree Spritzer Cookies

By Kelsey Banfield |

Christmas Tree Sprizer CookiesI agree with Jaime’s Mom, cookie presses are a pain to clean. But that never stops me from using mine, they are so much fun at Christmas! I like dividing up my cookie press dough and adding food coloring paste to match whatever shape I am making. In this case I used a drop of green paste to make these delicious Christmas tree cookies. I also used the wreath disk to make green wreaths, then switched to red paste for red stars. I think next time I am going to glaze them like Jaime did and add some cute sprinkles, too.

Classic Spritzer Cookies

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt

1 large egg

1/2 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract

Food coloring as desired

1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.

2. In a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Then add the egg and almond extract and mix well.

3. Turn the mixer to low speed and slowly add in the flour and salt, mix until just incorporated.

4. Divide the dough and add the food coloring if desired, washing the mixing bowl between each color. Then add the dough to the cookie press and form desired shapes on an ungreased cookie sheet.

5. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges of the cookies are just golden.

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Kelsey Banfield

Kelsey Banfield is the food writer and the founder of The Naptime Chef. She writes a daily food column for Babble Food and her food writing has also appeared in the places like Parents magazine, and Martha Stewart Living. Kelsey lives in southern Connecticut with her husband and daughter. Read bio and latest posts → Read Kelsey's latest posts →

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7 thoughts on “Christmas Tree Spritzer Cookies

  1. Catherine says:

    Hmmmm…I grew up with these cookies and we never let them get as brown as they are in the picture accompanying this post. If you bake them well, they should not be golden or brown but retain the color that you’ve tinted them with food color. Making them brown, in my opinion, makes for a less attractive cookie.

  2. FoodontheTable says:

    I remember making these with my mom’s press… what a great holiday tradition!

  3. Kelsey/TheNaptimeChef says:

    @Catherine, every oven bakes differently. Thanks @Amanda!

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  5. Colleen says:

    We love them brown at the edges just like in the picture….yum!!!

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