Due to an unfortunate illness, Paul’s parents were stuck in Nevada for Christmas. Stuck with them were Paul’s favorite cookies: butter spritz. So being the kind and thoughtful person I am, I decided to bake a batch of those cookies especially for him and count them as his Christmas gift.
If you know anything about me, you will know that I don’t enjoy baking cookies. It lies somewhere in the fact that aside from the mixing, shaping and occasional decorating, there’s just too much work involved. In comparision, cakes, brownies and cupcakes are something I love to make. There are usually one or two bowls involved, batter poured into a pan and then bake. So making these cookies were a real work of love especially since I had to use a cookie press to make form the cookies.
The cookie press is a cylindrical device with a plunger on one end that pushes dough through a small hole at the other end. It has interchangeable stencils in shapes such as a tree or flower. For me, the device is pure hell, from rolling the dough to fit into the cylinder to forming the cookies on the cookie sheet. I don’t know if a battery-operated cookie press is any easier than the manual one I used.
The box description flat-out lied; the press does not make perfect cookies with every click. The cookie blobs were often deformed and did not resemble any pine tree I’ve ever seen. Nonetheless, the batch of cookies only lasted three days. It wasn’t Santa who ate the cookies.
Classic Spritz Cookies
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon almond extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
Preheat over to 375 degrees F. Thoroughly cream butter and sugar. Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract; mix well. Stir together flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough. Do not chill. Shape dough in small logs and make in cookie press. Press cookies onto cool ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges. Remove cookies from sheet. Cool on rack. Allegedly makes 7-8 dozen cookies.