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Cookie recipe #3

December 15, 2010
mastering the cookie press

Image by Joelk75 via Flickr

(The third in a four-part series – the Walsh family cookie recipes for the Christmas Season. For those who are wondering, the cookie recipe blogs, aside from a nice gift to my baking readers, is also an easy way for me to blog while putting the finishing touches on the first draft of my Master’s thesis. Rest assured, more acerbic blog posts will follow soon.)

Perhaps the most festive of my cookie recipes, and the only one that I can truly refer to as a Christmas-only cookies: the spritz cookie (aka pressed cookies). This is also the only cookie that requires a tool not commonly found in most household kitchens – a cookie press, which can be found in most stores like Target or Kmart and online at Amazon.

The spritz is excellent for Christmas because you have a ton of shapes to press the cookie into – Christmas tree, heart, wreath, camel, ribbon, etc. Most modern cookie presses are fairly small, so you may need to split the dough into several sections, but I assure, the extra work is worth it.

Also, while I do not do this, I will add one other option in honor of my cousin Frank. You can always add sprinkles to the top of the cookies prior to baking. He loves it. I don’t. I bake the cookies. I win.

Pressed Cookies or Spritz

2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
4.5 cups flour (sifted)
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract (not imitation!)

Heat oven to 400 degrees
Cream butter and sugar (make sure the butter is room temperature)
Blend in remaining ingredients
Separate dough into thirds
Using liquid food coloring, dye one-third green, one-third red and one-third yellow – about 8 drops of food coloring per third
Fill cookie press with a third of the dough at a time (or as much as it will take)
Press desired shapes (Christmas trees, wreaths, hearts) on to an ungreased baking sheet
Bake 6-9 minutes or until set, but not brown

Yields about 10 dozen cookies

While not a great cookie recipe for young kid bakers, tweens should enjoy making them.

Enjoy!

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