These vanilla spritz cookies are the classic pressed cookies.  They’re sweet, buttery, and hold their shapes well. Make them in dozens of pretty shapes.  Sprinkle them with decorations.  Have a ball with your kids and grandkids.

What Are Spritz Cookies?

Two of the most common ways to make formed cookies are with a cookie cutter or a cookie press. Holiday cookies are more commonly rolled-out sugar cookie dough, cut into shapes, and decorated. The sadly less common option is using a cookie press to make these delicious spritz cookies.

Most spritz cookie recipes are a bit different than your typical holiday cookie because it needs to be crisp enough to hold up the shape. And you just can’t have a good spritz cookie without the buttery and sweet flavors.

To make the spritz cookies, you simply make the dough, load it into a cookie press, and press the cookies onto the pan. They always turn out beautiful, but they’re also super easy. Consider Spritz cookies as your new go-to holiday cookie.

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Classic Vanilla Spritz Cookies

Vanilla Spritz


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk or cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together to disperse the baking powder. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together. Add the egg, milk or cream, the vanilla extract, and almond extract. Continue beating until well-combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture in three parts, beating after each. Load the dough into a cookie press and press cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet leaving at least 1/2 inch between cookies. Decorate with candies or sprinkles.
  4. Bake for six to eight minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges. Remove the cookies from the pan to cool on wire racks.

More Spritz Cookies to Try

(Updated from May 22, 2014)

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