Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine all ingredients except flour in large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low; add flour. Beat until well mixed. If desired, prepare dough as directed by variations below (If dough is too soft, cover and refrigerate, 30 to 45 minutes). Place dough into cookie press fitted with template. Form desired shapes 1 inch apart onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
Yield: 5 dozen cookies
Chocolate Chip Spritz: Add 1/4 cup coarsely grated semi-sweet chocolate.
Eggnog-Glazed Spritz: Add 1 tsp. ground nutmeg. Glaze: Stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, 1/4 cup butter, softened, 2 Tbsp. water and 1/4 tsp. rum extract in small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over warm cookies.
Mint Kisses: Add 1/4 tsp. peppermint extract. Immediately after removing cookies from oven, place 1 chocolate candy kiss on each cookie.
Lebkuchen Spice Spritz: Add 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 tsp. ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp. ground allspice and 1/4 tsp. ground cloves.
Glaze: Stir together 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp. milk and 1/2 tsp. vanilla in small bowl until smooth. Drizzle over warm cookies.
By Jodi from Aurora, CO
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Does anyone have any good recipes for spritz cookies? Also any tips for working that press? Mine is a screw down type that springs back if you don't hold it tight.
Also, would love to hear about any good trifle recipes you might have.
Lee from Bev. Hills
Trifle is basically layers of cake (pound, angel food or lady fingers) fruit of your choice (cherry pie filling is good - my favorite), then vanilla pudding and whipped topping - or cream. Then repeat the layers. The cake may be sprinkled with sherry or rum to make it really festive. It is best made the day before or at least a few hours before serving to give the flavors a chance to blend together. (12/14/2005)
We use a Wilton cookie press, it locks down with each press so each cookie is perfect.
Happy Baking (11/02/2008)