Perfect Spritz Cookies

Perfect Spritz Cookies

My Perfect Spritz Cookies recipe make the most buttery, festive cookies that are classic and nostalgic! I have an easy and foolproof recipe to share with you!

I will admit, Spritz Cookies have never been a first choice cookie for me. No oozy caramel, no chocolate chips, no frosting… but isn’t there just something cozy and special about the classic Spritz? So, I knew I had to include an easy Spritz cookie recipe in my 12 Day of Christmas Cookies. If you’ve missed the first few days of cookies, scroll to the bottom of the post for a recap, as this is #4 of the week! It’s been great fun so far and I love seeing so many of you baking along!

You might even ask what IS a spritz cookie? Well apparently the word “spritz” comes from the German word “spritzen”, meaning “to squirt” because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs. In the last year or so I finally bought a Cookie Press, and since I have become slightly obsessed with it. The dough comes together in minutes and pressing the dough out is oddly gratifying. Is that TMI?

Anyhow, I have had so many questions from you about how to make Perfect Spritz Cookies, so I wanted to finally share!

‘Tis the season!

Perfect Spritz Cookies Recipe with a cookie press

How do I get my Spritz Cookie Dough to not stick to the Cookie Press?

This is the most asked question I get, about making spritz cookies! Let me give you the honest answer…

I kind of don’t. I mean, my spritz recipe is fantastic…it isn’t sticky, and comes out in beautiful shapes, but it doesn’t come off of the press every time. I have made peace with this… because as I have tweaked the dough recipe, I have found that the drier you make the dough, the more crumbly the cookie. And with a crumbly cookie, you don’t always get a perfectly shaped cookie. It’s a fine line folks!

Perfect Spritz Cookies using a cookie press

You press the cookie onto the baking sheet, as shown, to get the perfect shape. When you lift your press, your cookie might have stuck to the press. This is 100% ok. Just gently remove it from the press and place it on the baking sheet.

Tips to making the Perfect Spritz Cookies

The cookies don’t really spread, so you can bake a lot of cookies at once, which is awesome!

Baking Spritz Cookies is easy!

You can absolutely color the dough to make pretty cookies. Make sure you’re not using too much dye, because that can also lead to sticky dough. I prefer to use gel food coloring, as you don’t need as much.

Perfect Spritz Cookies are an easy christmas cookie recipe

When they’re baked you can dip them in a sugar glaze icing…and then ad sprinkles!

Perfect Spritz Cookies are easy and festive!

My Perfect Spritz Cookies deserve a spot on your holiday cookie tray! They freeze fantastically and are sturdy enough to ship with no breaking! I truly feel like my recipe is the best spritz cookie recipe out there. It’s completely foolproof and so much fun to make!

Perfect Spritz Cookies

Perfect Spritz Cookies

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 16 minutes
  • Yield: 72 cookies 1x


Perfect Spritz Cookies are easy, buttery cookies, perfect for a cookie press!


  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (or vanilla if you prefer)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond or vanilla extract, if desired
  • sprinkles to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the butter and powdered sugar on medium speed for 1 minute, until combined.
  3. Add in the egg, almond extract, and salt and mix for an additional minute, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  4. Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour, mixing until just incorporated.
  5. Place about 1 cup of dough (depending on the size of your press) into the cookie press. Press cookies onto the baking sheet using the press. Arrange the cookies about 1 inch apart and bake for 6-7 minutes or until lightly golden at the edges.
  6. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.


  1. Whisk together the powdered sugar and milk until smooth. Dip the tops of each cookie into the glaze. Sprinkle if desired. Allow the cookies to set completely before storing.


Store airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days for best freshness.

You can freeze these cookies in a large, ziptop bag for up to a month. I don’t recommend freezing them if you have used glaze, as they become sticky as the glaze thaws. Glaze them when they’re at room temperature and allow to set.

I like to use 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. The combination is subtle and my personal favorite!


12 Days of Christmas Cookies

In case you’ve missed any of the recipes so far…

  1. Day 1: 3 Ingredient Shortbread
  2. Day 2: Double Chocolate Mocha Cookies
  3. Day 3: Salted Caramel Pinwheel Cookies


19 Responses

  1. Bernadette

    I have found pressing the dough onto a clean COLD cookie sheet helps the dough separate from the press. I could never get it to do that using parchment paper.

  2. Kathy

    A cookie press is so much easier than a pastry bag for a variety of shapes. You can also press out short “logs” and when they’ve cooled, dip one end into melted chocolate and then into whatever strikes your fancy– ground nuts, assorted sprinkles, and colored sugars.
    It is a Christmas classic– been making them for over 40 years! So glad you included them! I am new to your site and love it! Thanks for all your effort!!

      1. Susan

        You have to use ungreased baking sheet in order fir the cookie not to stick to the press. There’s enough butter in dough to keep it sticking to pan.

  3. Cindy

    You said to add the salt but bot how much? My old cookie press booklet calls for half butter and half shortening. Also always 1/2 tsp oF almond extract. I wonder if you can taste the difference in the shortening and butter mix vs the butter only….

    1. Carol

      I have found the Crisco butter flavored sticks work well in chocolate chip cookies, but not sure I would try it for Spritz since buttery is the texture they should have.

  4. Laura

    For some reason my cookies spread a lot while baking and didn’t hold their shape as nicely as the ones in your photos. Also, they remained chewy in the center so I baked the next lot until more golden. Not sure what happened…

  5. Dali

    My gun kept clogging so I rolled these out and they came out perfect! Delicious and easy cookie. Will
    use this recipe from now on thank you!

  6. Carol

    These were the absolutely most delicious spritzer cookies I have ever made. And my husband loved loved them. Will definitely be my go to spritzer recipe! Thanks for sharing

  7. Linda Burkhardt

    My Danish grandmother always had Spritz cookies in her cookie jar, so I have been enjoying and making them for most of my 72 years Never use powdered sugar though. Might have to try it this year.

  8. Cris

    Ok these are a lot like my grandmothers cookies I make them for my dad all year long. I am going to give you a game chance to enhance the recipe especially for Christmas time it is to add 1 teaspoon of mint extract either peppermint or just meant which ever you prefer my dad hates almond flavoring so my grandmother came up with this and they are hit with the entire family and anywhere I take them just wanted to give some Christmas cheer for those who love these cookies for next Christmas hope you enjoy

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