This Almond Spritz Cookies recipe is the best cookie press dough recipe! Liven up your cookie trays with these Christmas spritz cookies!
It’s the holiday season and I totally have cookies on the brain! What are your favorite Christmas cookies? I love gingerbread men, anything peppermint, and a cookie with chocolate chips is always a winner too. But have you tried this Christmas cookie recipe?
If I’m being honest, I never really liked these cookies that much growing up. But these Perfect Christmas Almond Spritz Cookies have been a game changer for me.
I just love them! This is a super simple dough, no chilling required, and Jonathan has so much fun decorating (especially with sprinkles and candied cherries!)
I came up with this recipe after tweaking my mom’s recipe over…and over…and over again, and now she even prefers these! They are just a little bit soft, and with two kinds of extracts, they have a delicious flavor to them. They are no longer just for Christmas- these classic spritz cookies are made all year round!
One of my favorite parts about this recipe is that you don’t have to chill the dough! It’s ready to go at room temperature, and it still produces a melt in your mouth cookie.
To start, you will first want to preheat the oven to 400 degrees. While the oven is preheating, in a large bowl with electric mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy. Next ix in the egg, almond extract and vanilla extract. Add in the flour and stir until combined.
Once the dough is made, load it into a cookie press, fitted with your choice of disk. Press the cookies out onto ungreased cookie sheets. You could also line the cookie sheets with parchment paper if you’re trying to cut down on clean up time!
Next comes the fun part! Decorate the cookies with cherries, colored sugar, sprinkles, whatever fun toppings your heart desires! Once you’ve added all the decorations, bake the cookies in the preheated oven for 6 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden around the bottom edges. Leave the cookies on the baking sheets for an additional two minutes, then move them to wire racks to finish cooling.
Once they’ve cooled, you can even dip these cookies in melted chocolate to add some added flavor and decoration! White or milk chocolate will do. If you’re using white chocolate, try adding some food coloring to make it extra festive!
What you’ll need for this spritz cookie dough recipe:
- Cookie press – This [easyazon_link identifier=”B00ABH0PYI” locale=”US” tag=”gogogogo03-20″]Cookie Press[/easyazon_link] set is perfect for making the perfect cookies for the holidays!
- Christmas disk set – This [easyazon_link identifier=”B015CQZCPE” locale=”US” tag=”gogogogo03-20″]Christmas Disk Set[/easyazon_link] comes with a huge selection of shapes to choose from!
- Decorating tool kit – Everyone needs a icing tool kit to use for making the perfect cookies! Get your [easyazon_link identifier=”B01731H150″ locale=”US” tag=”gogogogo03-20″]Decorating Tool Kit[/easyazon_link] here!
- Non-stick cookie sheet – This [easyazon_link identifier=”B015CQZQNW” locale=”US” tag=”gogogogo03-20″]Cookie Sheet[/easyazon_link] is great for any kind of baking. You’ll get some great use out of it and it’s non-stick!
If you loved these Christmas spritz cookies, then be sure to check out these:
- Sprinkle Cookies
- Hot Chocolate Rice Krispies® Treats
- Peanut Butter Cookies
- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies
- White Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies
Perfect Christmas Almond Spritz Cookies
- 8 tablespoons butter softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- Candied cherries for decorating
- Colored sugar for decorating
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Mix in the egg and extracts. Add in the flour and stir until combined.
- Load the dough into a cookie press, fitted with choice of disk.
- Press the cookies out onto ungreased cookie sheets. Decorate with cherries and sugar as desired.
- Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes, or until just beginning to turn golden around the bottom edges. Leave on cookie sheets for additional two minutes, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling.
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Linda Meyers-Gabbard says
The cookies look so good
Megan @ MegUnprocessed says
This looks beautiful!
Lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons says
These would be so fun to make with my kids!
These cookies just scream Christmas is here folks!
Just made some of these myself and the kids love them!! Sometimes simple is perfect~
Look great. What type of flour did you use?
All my recipes are all-purpose flour so far. 😊
I have got to they these with the cherry in them! LOVE!
Just made these. Really good – thanks !
Hi! Is there a way to make the dough ahead and freeze it or refrigerate it? Thanks!
I would think you can, but you’ll need to bring it back up to room temperature before you go to press them out.
Can I add 1/2 cup or 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa to make them into chocolate? These cookies are yummy 🙂 Just want to make a chocolate version as well, thank you Happy Holidays
I would think so, but you’ll need to decrease your flour to keep the consistency right 🙂
Would Cup to Cup flour work ok for these? My daughter has CELiac Disease, so we need to make them gluten free.
I’m not sure, as I don’t have any experience working with gluten free flours.
Sherry Dennis says
I am going to make these this week end. My question is the calories are 496, per serving, does that mean the whole 4 dozen ? I know the kids would love to eat all of them, but I just want to know what are they per cookie. I’d like to space them out a bit. (lol) Thank you !
I would ignore the nutrition information, it has gone crazy! I’m searching for a different alternative.
Lorrie Nitti says
Can the recipe be adjusted to omit the almond extract?
Yes, you can use all vanilla, but it will change the taste quite a bit.
These were a hit with my family thank you so much!
Abeer Rizvi says
These are a “must make” for our Christmas cookie exchanges! So pretty!
What type of cherry do you use? Just a simple candied cherry? Thank you!
Just popped these out of the oven and I’m already on my 4th cookie. From now on, this will be my go to spritz recipe. Absolutely delicious!
I made these yesterday and they truly did come out absolutely perfect. The pressed really well and taste delicious! I highly recommend this recipe.
So good. My new recipe for Christmas cookies.