Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

This is, by far the best recipe for spritz ever! My Mother found it in the newspaper thirty years ago. It won a Christmas cookie award as the best cookie in the contest, and believe me it earned it!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb butter, softened
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 14 cup finely ground blanched almond
  • 4 cups flour


  1. Cream butter and sugar, add egg yolk, almonds and extracts, beat again, until well blended. I like to beat for a few minutes at this point, . Blend the flour in gently a cup at a time, until the flour is completely incorporated. Be careful not to over mix, as this will toughen the cookies.
  2. Cool the dough slightly, if it is too warm, but don't chill for long, as the cookie dough will not cooperate with the press if it is too cold!
  3. Preheat oven to 375, press out the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. I decorate with colored sugar or candied cherries which I cut into fourths.
  4. Bake for 7-9 mn. taking care not to brown them.


Most Helpful

Excellent recipe, beautiful cookies! I made them gluten free, using a mix of very fine yellow corn flour, white rice flour, potato starch and cornstarch with some xanthan added. As there is no good almond extract available here, I used amaretto liquor. Piping them after 30 minutes of chilling time worked like a charme - and they turned out as real melt in your mouths! Thanks for sharing :)

Mia in Germany January 05, 2013

I love making spritz cookies. I am lucky enough to have inherited my mom's original copper and aluminum Mirro cookie press. I cherish it and make several different spritz recipes every year. My favorite shape has always been the wreath with a maraschino cherry half in the center. Seven year old DD & I made cookies galore today, and she had fun pressing the dough and slicing the cherries for these. Made and enjoyed for Pammy's Cookathon in her honor. We'll miss you!

**Tinkerbell** November 15, 2013

5 stars for a great recipe. Easy to prepare and the cookies were a hit with my family. I made my cookies into a flower shape using the cookie press, sprinkled with sugar and added a 1/4 glace cherry to the centre. They turned out really pretty. My youngest daughter said that the cookies just melted in her mouth (really wish I could have one of these cookies- but I follow a gluten-free diet). Photo to be posted. Reviewed for Make my Recipe Tag in the Aus/NZ forum Dec 2012

**Jubes** December 01, 2012

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