February 6, 2011
I love spritz cookies. I have memories of them in grade school lunches dyed in shades of green and light blue. I have been making these cookies as soon as my own children could stand on a chair next to the counter and heap the cookies with colorful sprinkles. They are perfect for kids in the kitchen. I like to use them on my Christmas cookie trays as well. They are quick and easy to make and their simple flavor balances well with the more extravagant cookies on the tray.
I have a plastic caulk gun style Wilton cookie press. I like my press. At some point someone gave me an electric cookie press before I had children and I didn't see the benefit of it and donated it (I wish I would have kept it along with a food dehydrator!).
makes 6 dozen depending on your press size
1½ cups butter softened slightly
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ teaspoon almond extract
4 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat oven to 400°F.
In a stand mixer cream butter and sugar thoroughly together. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat until well combined. Gradually add to the creamed mixture after scraping sides of bowl add the flour and baking powder mixture. Dough will be stiff. Do not chill dough. Use immediately.
Place dough in cookie press and press onto cookie sheet 1 inch or so apart.
Embellish as desired.
Bake 6 to 8 minutes (I do not let mine brown). Cool of rack.