Whether you call them “Butter Cookies”, “Press Cookies” or “Spritzes” these cookies are my absolute favorite for Christmas. They look so festive yet are easy to make (usually). They are small but very rich and buttery. Since they aren’t terribly fragile, they pack well and are great for gift giving.
This recipe was passed down to me from my husband’s side of the family. It is very similar to one my mother used to make, although she didn’t use a press and so just called them “Butter Cookies.” If you are going to make them, be sure to use REAL butter! Occasionally I have “pressing” problems – where they don’t stick to the baking sheet. If you do, make sure your sheets are clean and dry and try altering the temperature of the dough by either leaving it out at room temperature a bit, or refrigerating it if you think it could be too warm. Once you get the conditions right, it is easy to press out quite a few cookies quickly.
Butter Press Cookies
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- 1/2 pound real butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 tsp. salt
- 3 cups flour
Cream butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add eggs and vanilla. Finally, add in the salt and flour. I usually mix the dough with my hands at this point. Form into a roll and load into a cookie press. Press out cookies of desired shapes and decorate with colored sugars or sprinkles.
Bake in a 400 degree oven until the edges start to turn golden brown (about 8 minutes?).