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Holiday recipe: Festive spritz butter cookies

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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

Decorating suggestions:

  • Sprinkles
  • 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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