Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies are buttery and have a wonderful almond flavor. These easy to make cookies are perfect for the holidays and Christmas cookie exchanges.
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Old-fashioned spritz cookies are a favorite any time of the year, but they’re especially loved during the holiday season. This Cream Cheese Spritz Cookie recipe makes delectable, shortbread-like decorative treats that everyone will want to gobble up. Not only are these spritz cookies delicious to eat, but they make a fun, creative project for your kids. Whether you are baking a few dozen for your Christmas party or have to churn out a couple hundred for a charity bake sale, these spritz cookies are a snap to make, thanks to a recipe that comes together effortlessly and the ability to use a cookie press.
What’s the Heck is a Cookie Press?
Even if your mother never had a cookie press while you were growing, you definitely had more than a few cookie press cookies over the years. A cookie press is basically a cookie dough extruder. Simply fill up the cookie press’s chamber with the dough, place the bottom of the press on a prepared cookie sheet, and pull the handle. Out comes a perfectly proportioned and stunningly beautiful cookie ready to be baked. You can change the look of your cookies by using a different die. Common dies include wreaths, trees, and leaves, but you can find hundreds of different dies, so you can always find one that matches the occasion.
If you don’t already have a cookie press, they are a relatively cheap and handy kitchen gadget for anyone who likes baking or finds themselves having to make large batches of cookies a couple of times a year. A decent cookie press will run around 20 to 30 bucks, but you can find even less expensive models online. Here are a few models of cookie presses that I like.
Decorating Your Spritz Cookies
A few sprinkles or a little frosting will make these spritz cookies look and taste amazing. You can decorate your cookies any way you choose, but there are a few guidelines that can help you out.
- You can add sprinkles before or after baking. Adding a few rainbow sprinkles is so easy to do but can really elevate the look of your cookies and are perfect for festival Christmas spritz cookies. You can add your sprinkles before or after baking. If you are using sprinkles without any frosting, add them before baking, so they stick to your cookies.
- Use your favorite icing. You can use just about any icing on a spritz cookie. If you are getting your young kids involved, stick to inexpensive sugar glaze made from a cup of powdered sugar, a tablespoon of water, and a few drops of food coloring. If you are decorating the cookies on yourself, try using royal icing or even ganache.
Tips for Making and Storing Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
- Don’t chill the dough. Cold dough will make it difficult to press the cookies.
- Not every cookie is going to be perfect. The first few cookies out of the press aren’t going to look good. You can either scrap up and reload into the press or bake and eat the evidence.
- Spritz cookies freeze well. Freeze in a single layer in an airtight container for up to a month.
Here’s a list of what you need:
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- Almond extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
How to Make Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
- Thoroughly cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar.
- Add egg, vanilla, and almond extract. Beat well.
- Sift together flour and baking powder.
- Add flour gradually to the creamed mixture, mixing to a smooth dough. Do not chill.
- Force dough through cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.
- Decorate with sprinkles if desired.
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Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
- 1 cup butter
- 3 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoon almond extract
- 4 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg yolk
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Thoroughly cream butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and almond extract' beat well. Sift together flour and baking powder. Add flour gradually to the creamed mixture, mixing to a smooth dough. Do not chill. Force dough through cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes.