Well we had another snow day yesterday but this one was valid. We got about 4 inches during the night and into Thursday during the day. I think all total we probably have about 6 to 8 inches. Since I was stuck inside, driving out in that weather is not my idea of fun, I decided that I would pass the time by making some Spritz. I can drive in the snow but there are too many people here who don’t know what to do and we live in a pretty hilly area. I also don’t have snow tires anymore. I used to have them for my car but unfortunately I gave them back to the tire company during my last year of school. I went to school in eastern Washington. I didn’t think I would need them! Oops! Sorry Mom! Little did I know that I would marry someone with family who lives in, eastern Washington, the part of the state that actually get snow and also that I would actually keep the car for another 5 years! It usually doesn’t snow in western Washington.
Spritz are another one of my favorite Christmas cookies. I don’t make these any other time of the year than Christmas. I might have to change that and make some red hearts for Valentine’s Day. Hmm! My grandma always made these cookies. I think she would usually make 2 batches of these because we all ate them so quickly. Since my grandma passed away back in 2001 I have taken over the Christmas cookie duties. I made these last year for Christmas and sent a box of them to my uncle. He said that he nearly cried when he opened the box and found them. They reminded him so much of his mom. Ahhh memories!
These cookies require a cookie press, which really is a good investment. My mom has my grandma’s cookie press and we not only use it for cookies but also filling Deviled Eggs. It makes that chore so easy and it looks very nice. I like to add sprinkles to the top of my cookies before I bake them, instead of the icing that the recipe calls for. I also strongly suggest you add the almond extract! Yum!
Good luck and enjoy!
source: Better Homes and Gardens
- 1-1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- Colored sugar (optional)
- 1 recipe Powdered Sugar Icing (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg, vanilla, and, if desired, almond extract until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.
2. Force unchilled dough through a cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet. If desired, sprinkle cookies with colored sugar. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm but not brown. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. If desired, drizzle cookies with Powdered Sugar Icing.
3. Makes about 84 cookies