Spritz Cookies

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Sometimes there are certain foods that you bake that trigger wonderful memories as a child.  As far back as I can remember, during Christmas time we’d smell the fresh pine from the Christmas tree, put up all of the ornaments, and decorate the mantle and staircase.  Throughout all that, my mother would be baking a number of cookies for family, neighbors, the hobo down the street….basically everyone she could think of that might want some holiday cheer.  But my FAVORITE ones that she would bake were the Spritz cookies.  These sugary German cookies were passed down from generation to generation in my family—hopefully they will inspire all of you similarly!

These cookies do require a cookie press (you can find these at any kitchen/cooking store), but once you figure out how to use said cookie press, they are the easiest cookies you will ever make.

Yield: 100 cookies

Time to bake: 1 hour or less

Ingredients
3 sticks (1-1/2 cups) butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
cookie press
food coloring of your choice
sprinkles!

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º F.  Cream butter and sugar.  Add egg and extracts, then dry ingredients.
Once dough is formed, add food coloring as desired.  Choose which shape you want in the cookie press, and then spoon the dough into the cookie press.  Place the cookie dough shapes on ungreased cookie sheets and add sprinkles, as desired!  Bake for 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown on the bottom.

Hope ya’ll enjoy!

xoxo, Sara

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