To me, baking is very therapeutic. I enjoy the measuring and mixing, the sifting and stirring. But today, I found a way to take all the fun out of it. They’re called Spritz cookies.
On Sunday, we went to a flea market and I found a brand new, in the box, Wilton Spritz cookie press for just $1.00.
These cookies take patience and a lot of it. The dough has to be chilled. The cookie sheet can’t be warm.
The cookie dough is quite basic. Butter and sugar are creamed together until fluffy. An egg and some vanilla are incorporated and then comes the flour and a pinch of salt.
After the dough is chilled, you should shape it into cylinders that will fit into the cookie press. You then pick your shape and hope and pray that they come out okay.
It’s not all bad. The cookies are buttery and sugary. They slightly resemble and definately taste like those danish butter cookies in the blue tin at the grocery store. It’s just the back and forth in the fridge and the waiting that got to me. Maybe I was just in a mood.
The end result is what I was after though, so it all worked out.
I will just have to remember to chill the dough and expect to spend the night in the kitchen :)
Basic Spritz Cookie Ingredients
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp salt
Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Add the egg and vanilla. Mix about a minute. Add the flour and salt and continue mixing until combined. Bake in a 350F oven for 6-8 minutes.