Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas Spritz Cookies / Swedish Butter Cookies / Pressed Butter Cookies

Merry Christmas to All!! : )

Well this Christmas is totally an "On Demand" from my son starting my asking to decorate the Christmas tree, wanting to go to see Santa and we did see a real Reindeer too :), and finally to his area....wanted Christmas and Snow flake cookies. As always, it was so tempting to make those green tree cookies, but the fact that I have to use lot of food color, I didn't want to. So I explained to Anush that it takes a lot of food color which is not ideally good for healthy, he agreed with adding Sprinkles. We bought a Cookie Gun to make things easy, and it had the tree and snow flake shaped mold plate, so I used that to make my cookies. 
I used "Spritz" Cookies recipe, which is also known as "Swedish Butter Cookies" or "Pressed Butter Cookies". These cookies are very popular Christmas cookies, and this kind of dough is used especially if you are using a cookie gun/press.

So here is the recipe....

1 cup Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
1/2 cup Sugar
1 large Egg
1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 1/4 cups All Purpose Flour
1/4 tsp Salt

1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
2. In a large mixing bowl, add all purpose flour, sugar, salt and butter and mix until blended.

3. Now add vanilla extract and egg and mix until well blended.
4. Fill the cookie batter in the cookie gun/press with the desired mold plate fitted, and press to cookies on a cookie sheet, with enough space between cookies.

5. Now add sprinkles of your choice and you can also wait until they bake and then add icing over the cookies.
6. Bake these cookies for about 7-8 mins or until the corners of the cookies turn slightly golden brown.

7. Remove these cookies on top of a wire rack and let them cool.
8. Sore these cookies in an air tight container.

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