What’s a “spritz cookie” or “almond cookie” I bet that’s what you are thinking right about now as I never knew the name of this type of a cookie, I always thought it was called a “Jewish cookie” but really that’s not a name for a cookie now is it. I say a Jewish cookie because when I go to the deli’s out here (most of which are Jewish), they always have these cookies in the display case. And while we have great Italian deli’s most don’t serve cookies.
The Italians make this cookie, although I’m not sure if I remember my grandmother making this spritz/almond cookie but I can share with you that is the kind of a cookie I love to eat. I’m not sure who gave me this recipe originally as when I got the recipe it was to serve a very large group, kind of like for a commercial kitchen lol. I worked hard on scaling the recipe down and finally found a recipe that I could post. This recipe for spritz / almond cookies yields about 4 dozen (not counting the ones you eat before plating) of course if you plan on making huge ones then I can’t tell you how many this recipe would make lol.
I began making these at home a few years ago and have found that the holidays they are perfect because they are not a fragile cooking, which means they can withhold travel or not being eaten the same day. They are a “one bowl” cookie which makes it a little easier for clean up, I put mine in the refrigerator for about 10-15 minutes just to help with the butter hardening so the cookie doesn’t flatten out. As you can see from my video outtakes, piping them on the cookie sheet can be challenging so if you put the dough in the refrigerator, I’d recommend taking it out 3-5 minutes prior to piping.
So you start with creaming your butter and sugar together
once mixed well you add your shortening
add your flour and mix just until blended
cover and put it in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes
preheat your oven, and take your dough and put it in a pastry bag or just a zip-lock bag with a tip
pipe out your dough into any shape you like, we just did basic fun stuff
and the fun part…sprinkles
now, have some fun!!!! The chocolate sprinkle one, I just put a chocolate chip upside down in it
you can use solid sprinkles
here is a tray pre-baked, I used the parchment paper, it’s also very convenient to use silicone mats…click here for my favorite silicone mat
and another tray
bake them until they are slightly browned on the edges, this is a tough one as you don’t want to under or over bake
Yum…this is a great recipe although it takes a little work to put together and you do need to pipe out the dough which is easy for some and hard for others (did you see my video? lol). It is a simple one bowl cookie mix so try it and be patient, it’s well worth it!
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