Favorite holiday movies, festive decorations, the songs you sing along to on the radio … For many, it’s the traditions that make the Christmas season the happiest time of year. Whether you’re baking, giving, receiving or just eating them, Christmas cookies are a tradition that just about everyone enjoys.
These pressed butter cookies, also known as spritz cookies, are perfect for the holidays. They have a wonderful rich buttery flavor and a light texture. Using a cookie press allows you to make them in a number of different shapes that can be decorated for a truly festive look. Christmas trees, ornaments, flowers, snowflakes, candy canes and more. The kids will love to help out when you decorate these simple treats.
- 1-1/4 cups salted butter or margarine, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- 3-1/4 cups flour
- Sugar crystals
- Chocolate chips
- Maraschino cherries
- Mini M&Ms
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer.
- Add eggs and vanilla, mixing to combine.
- Gradually add flour, mixing just until combined.
- Spoon into cookie press fit with a decorative disc of your choice.
- Squeeze cookie press to release dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Decorate cookies as desired.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until just slightly golden.
- Allow cookies to cool for 5 minutes before transferring from the baking sheet to wire cooling racks.
- Cool cookies completely before storing in an air-tight container.
- Makes approximately 6 dozen cookies.
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