By Marg (CaymanDesigns) on December 20, 2005
Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
Photo by Marg (CaymanDesigns)
"These are my hubby's favorite Christmas cookies. His Great Aunt Gin used to make them for him every year and it just isn't Christmas without them. She always made green Christmas Trees and pink Wreaths because those were her two favorite colors. Since they use all shortening they are a very crisp cookie. The recipe is originally from the cookbook that came with the Mirro cookie press. (If you prefer a butter cookie, I recommend Wilton Butter Press Cookies)"
Serving Size: 1 (9 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 72
"To me, this is the definitive spritz cookie recipe. My mom had a Mirro press, since I was a baby in the '50's, and I've been making them ever since. You can swap out butter for shortening, my mom used margarine, I use butter. I also swap out extracts to change it up now and then, but almond is my family's favorite. I've collected a bunch of Pampered Chef ceramic baking sheets at yard sales, and that's what I use exclusively. I bake for 7 minutes, and my cookies are perfect every time. If you use the ceramic baking sheets, they take a while to cool down, so have a couple of them handy so you can refrigerate (or put them outside if you live in a cool climate) the sheet before applying the next batch of cookies, or the butter will melt and they won't stick to the pan when you lift the press."
"Let me preface this by saying that I am giving this 5 stars because of it's performance......I would prefer a butterier taste (is that even a word?) :) Last year we tried an old family recipe, and we couldn't get the dough to NOT stick to the press, so the images were all mushed and funky. We SWORE never to try again. Well, I tried this recipe and it made the most perfect, well-formed shapes and it tastes delicious to boot!!"
"This is a wonderfully bad for you cookie. It is our favorite, with a crisp, soft gentle flavor that melts in your mouth. We have been making this recipe for 30 years and it never fails to impress when you taste that first cookie. You will enjoy this cookie."
"I just confirmed this is the one Mother used to make.
"I've made this recipe several times, and the cookies always turn out perfectly. Since I use dark cookie sheets, I reduce the heat to 375 so they bake more evenly and are less likely to burn -- but I still watch them closely! Great recipe!"
"My mom made these every year. They are very good especially if they are a bit soft (not too dry)."
"Great for the holidays. They were a nice addition to my cookie trays! Delicious! Thanks for sharing!"
"Forget the shortening and make it with butter or good baking margarine and you have yourself a slam-dunk winner with this recipe!"
"These came out great! However, like several other reviews, the flavor of the shortening wasn't rich enough for us."
"I had about given up trying to make spritz cookie without battling the frustration of working with a cookie press. I made this recipe with a Pampered Chef cookie press and every cookie came out perfectly. I divided the dough into 3 portions and tinted one green, one red, and left the other white. I rolled each potion into a rope and then put all three in the press together. The result was really pretty tri colored cookies!"
"This is a perfect recipe. I almost returned my new Pampered Chef cookie press because I couldn't find a recipe that would work-- THANKFULLY this one does! and the cookies taste great too. I used butter, and they turned out perfect. Thank you for posting!"
"These came out perfect and were exactly like the ones my Grandma makes. I finally got to break in the new cookie press, 5 years later, and they were raved about by everyone. Thank you for a new addition to my "Ones I will def. make again" cookbook."
"Thank you for the amazing recipe. It was simple to make, and the cookies were some of the best I've ever had."
"incredible cookies! ive loved these since I was a little girl, thrilled I finally found the recipe. yes, they burn VERY easily! so watch them as the timer gets close. If you mix powered sugar and water to an icing consistancy and use cake decorating tubes, you can decorate the trees with garland, add sprinkels for lights and a candy star at the top. you can add color to the icing for different colors garland. youre gonna LOVE em!!"
"Not bad, I thought these were ok but a lot of people said they were good. I think they burn pretty quickly after they are done, so you should watch them carefully."