Recipe For Spritz Cookies

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If you’re looking for the perfect cookie to bake these holidays, you need this recipe for spritz cookies. Not too sweet and perfectly buttery, spritz cookies are fun to make and delicious to eat.

If you have never made this classic recipe for spritz cookies before, you may not realize…

  • These gorgeous and fun little cookies, with all of their different shapes and colors, are some of the quickest and easiest cookies you can make.
  • They take half the time of cut-out cookies and only use ingredients you probably have on hand already.
  • Changing the shape of the cookies is as simple as unscrewing a ring and putting a new stencil on in a matter of a few seconds.

The end result is a clean-tasting, soft and buttery sugar cookie that will melt in your mouth. They will bring oohs and ahhs from other folks who may not realize that it is even possible to make holiday cookies like this at home because they’re so used to only seeing them in grocery stores. They will then realize what a whiz you are in the kitchen!

If you’re in a baking mood, you also need to check out my post featuring 14 amazing Christmas cookie recipes. Happy baking!

Ingredients for Spritz Cookie recipe

Recipe Ingredients

  • Baking powder
  • Milk
  • Egg (at room temperature)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter flavoring (or almond extract)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Softened unsalted butter
  • Sugar
  • Cookie press, colorful sprinkles, and a funnel if you want to do a cute little technique I’m going to show you later (Funnel is optional, cute sprinkles are a must). 

Cookie press with colored sprinkles.

A Handy Cookie Press Tip

There isn’t any way around this if you want to make this recipe for spritz cookies but I can tell you how to get one pretty cheap. There are all types available in all price ranges. Personally, I would stay away from anything plastic. This one has plastic parts but the majority of it, the parts that take the pressure, are stainless and that makes it work really well. This one retails for about $25 but if you get it at Michael’s Arts and Crafts or Hobby Lobby, you can use a coupon for 40-50% off. Michael’s has their coupon available online to print or you can get it on their phone app. Hobby Lobby also has theirs available online and if you’re in the store and want to use it you can just pull up their webpage and show the cashier the coupon. I got this one at Hobby Lobby. So I used a coupon and paid a little over $12 for a new one.

Beat butter and sugar in mixing bowl.

Place softened butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Mix cookie dough.

Beat the mess out of it using an electric or stand mixer until it’s well blended and fluffy.

Add egg and milk to cookie dough.

 Add in egg, milk, vanilla extract, and the other flavoring of your choice and beat again until well mixed.

Add flour to cookie dough.

Then add in flour and baking powder.

I sometimes add 1/4 teaspoon salt here as well. The original recipes don’t call for it but I find that a little bit helps. It’s up to you. I add it when I think about it and don’t when I forget.

Mix that flour mixture up really well and you have your cookie dough!

Fill your spritz cookie press (it will come with instructions to show you how) and fit it with your first shape stencil.

Press dough out until your cookie sheet is filled.

This one just has a trigger grip. I squeeze and one cookie comes out. Move it to another spot, squeeze, move it to another spot, squeeze…

It’s a pretty fast process to make a batch of the most perfect spritz cookies you’ve ever seen.

Christmas-shaped spritz cookies.

How to Decorate Different Spritz Cookies

Decorate cookies with colorful sprinkles before baking.

Adding red sprinkles to flower-shaped spritz cookies.

 Oh and here is what I used that funnel for.

I made these little flowers and sprinkled them with yellow sugars first. Then…

Decorating Spritz Cookies

I gently placed a funnel on top of the centers and poured in red sprinkles.

Adding decorations to spritz cookies.

When you lift up the funnel it looks like this. It is a cute touch but only took a second or two for each one.

Low maintenance but beautiful cookies! 

Because not once have I ever looked at a recipe and said “Ya know, it looks good and all that, but I just wish it were more complicated!” 

Variety of Spritz Cookies

Bake your cookies at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes or until just lightly browned around the edges. Repeat until all dough is used. Remove from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Enjoy your beautiful cookies!


  • Store your spritz cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
  • Spritz cookies also freeze really well. Store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months and then thaw at room temperature before enjoying.

Recipe Notes

  • A lot of classic spritz cookie recipes call for almond extract so if you like almond extract you should definitely add it. If you are like me and really and truly dislike almond-flavored things, you should skip it and add butter flavoring or another that you like in its place. Big fan of almonds, but not a cheerleader for the flavoring.
  • Other flavoring options include peppermint extract or lemon extract.
  • Most recipes for spritz cookies require the dough to be refrigerated to firm up before use but this one doesn’t.
  • Instead of colored sprinkles, you could use gel food coloring, sparkling colored sugar, chopped nuts (definitely recommend almonds if using almond extract), candied fruit, or crushed candy pieces for this spritz cookies recipe.
  • You can also dip half the cookie into some melted chocolate chips and then add sprinkles or simply drizzle with melted chocolate.
  • It’s helpful to use a cold cookie sheet, so pop it in the fridge while you make your cookie dough so it doesn’t stick to the sheet.
  • If you don’t have a cookie press, another option is to pipe the cookie dough into shapes using a piping bag fitted with a star tip.

Recipe FAQs

Why are they called spritz cookies?

The name spritz actually comes from the German word, spritzen, which means “to squirt.” You could say the dough is “squirted” through the cookie press onto the baking sheet. While they may have a German origin, they’re also known as Swedish or Norwegian cookies.

What is the difference between spritz and butter cookies?

The main difference between these two types of cookies is one ingredient: an egg. The addition of the egg in the spritz cookie dough makes the dough softer and easier to shape into designs using the cookie press. Because butter cookies are similar to shortbread, the dough also needs to be refrigerated before baking, but that isn’t the case with this spritz cookie recipe. I told you they’re quick and easy to make!

Can I make this recipe for spritz cookies ahead of time?

Absolutely! Place the cookie dough in the fridge for up to 4 days, before bringing it to room temperature and shaping using the cookie press. Another option is to freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge before bringing to room temperature and shaping the dough using the cookie press.

Here are more Christmas treats to bake these holidays:

Southern Plate’s Must-Make Christmas Cookies

Christmas Candies On A Budget & In A Hurry!

Christmas Tie-Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Sugared Cranberries (3 Ingredients Only)

10 Favorite Christmas Candies

Spritz Cookies

This easy and classic holiday recipe for spritz cookies uses the simplest of ingredients and is a must-make for any cookie tray!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cookies
Servings: 72
Calories: 45kcal


  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups butter softened at room temp
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon butter flavoring or another flavoring of your choice. Almond or lemon would be nice.


  • In a mixing bowl, place the butter and sugar and beat with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, and flavorings next and beat again until well combined. Add in flour and baking powder and beat once more until a good dough is formed (will only take a minute or so), scraping down sides as needed.
    3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/2 cups butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg, 2 tablespoons whole milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 to 1 teaspoon butter flavoring, 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Place dough in a cookie press and add a stencil to the bottom according to cookie press directions. Pipe out onto an ungreased cookie sheet and sprinkle with colored sugars. Bake at 375 for 8 to 10 minutes or until just lightly browned around the edges. Repeat until all dough is used.

*Most spritz cookie dough has to be refrigerated to firm up before use but this one doesn't.

    Makes about 6 dozen



      Calories: 45kcal
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      1. Spritz cookies have been my favorite since I was a little girl. I have 2 very old Mirro cookies presses. I have tried a few newer ones and find they just don’t work as well as the original. I found out that if you refrigerate the cookie sheet, the cookies will stick better. I love your recipes and stories! Merry Christmas to you and yours

      2. I looked at dozens of recipes before picking this one. I creamed the butter and sugar for a long time and then ran my mixer again for a long time after adding the next ingredients. We made a double batch so we could donate cookies to our church for an event and ended up with about 300 cookies. So easy and delicious!

      3. I’ve made Spritz cookies for the past 50 years using an original cookie press, filling the canister and twist and turn to press the cookie out. I refrigerate the cookie sheets and use parchment paper between batches. The cold sheet makes the cookies stick and the parchment paper let them slide right off. No refrigerating the dough. Spritz cookies are the best! I’ll have to try your recipe this year.

      4. Hi Christy, please let me know as soon as possible if and how I can freeze my decorated and baked spritz cookies. Love your recipe.


      5. Just now catching up on my emails n reading my favorite Food Blogger, & of course U!! I Stumbled upon this Christy….and tears welled up in my eyes!
        U see I shall never forget Apples either!
        It’s been a financially hard time for my family n many others this year. But to make a long story short. ..This story about the children n the apples have Completed what I already know. …God has BLESSED us sooo much. I had apples in my pantry for Christmas! Ty hun 4 Sharing! God knew just what I needed to read this day after Christmas 2016! ❤

      6. Thank you for this and many other great recipes. My first attempt at making spritz cookies. Right after mixing these, they were very sticky and I couldn’t get them to dispense from the press. I think the problem was the dough was too warm from the mixing. I covered this for a few hours and let the dough cool to room temperature. It then worked great in the press.

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