Spritz Cookies, a Christmas Tradition

INSIDE: Grandma Marge’s Spritz Cookie recipe to make and enjoy this Christmas season. It is fun to embrace Holidays Traditions for delicious and tasty treat while making wonderful winter memories. Learn to bake this delicious Spritz Cookie recipe today.

Spritz Cookies Christmas Traditions

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This post has been updated since it’s original December 2014 publish date.

When Rachel from Like A Saturday contacted me to share one of our Christmas Traditions, I knew exactly what I wanted to share.  I lost my last two grandparents early this year, first my Grandpa Don and three months later his wife, my sweet Grandma Marge.  I dearly loved all my grandparents but my Grandma Marge was just a special person to me.  

Today I am honored to share her Spritz Cookies, a Christmas Tradition with you all.

Grandma’s Cookie Recipe

Even though we lived across the country from each other, my Grandma and I still kept in touch via hand written letters.  A few years ago, I asked my Grandma Marge if she could send me a few of my most favorite holiday recipes of hers.  I just love having them written out in her signature boxy lettering.

Spritz Cookies recipe

Each year at her house, she would spend days baking Christmas cookies.  When we arrived to her house my sister and I would follow her to the guest room where she was storing all the cookies.  My grandparents left the doors and vents closed in unused rooms so it was nice and chilly in there to store cookies, ha.

It looked like a cookie dream to my little girl eyes.  She always had us carry two or three tins of cookies out to sit on the kitchen counter and I always chose to bring out her Spritz cookies!

This year I had my three year old daughter help me to make Grandma Marge’s Spritz cookies.  She loves baking with her mama and we even have matching aprons.

Matching aprons

The ingredients are simple and it makes me think of my Grandma and Christmas. It makes me so happy (and just a little sad).

Why are they called Spritz cookies?

What are Spritz cookies? Well spritz is a German word (spritzen) that means to squirt. If you have made Spritz cookies before, you know they have very soft buttery cookie dough. And to give them their unique and fun shapes, you place the dough into a cookie press with various design lids and then press or squirt them onto the baking sheet.

How to make Spritz cookies

Start by sifting all the dry ingredients together into a mixing bowl. Then pour it into a Kitchen Aide. Grandma Marge always used a hand mixer, but I don’t own one.

Spritz Cookie making with a kitchenaid

Next add in a large egg and your extracts, vanilla and almond and beat in with your dough mixture.

Using a cookie press for Spritz Cookies

My mom knew how special these cookies were to us and she bought my sister and I a Wilton cookie press a few years ago.  This gives the cookies their fun Spritz shapes!  I love this press, it’s so easy to use and comes apart to clean and wash.

Spritz Cookie dough press

You simply fill the press clear container with your dough and select from over 12 different shapes and patterned discs.  Once you select and screw in your disc, you pump the press’s handle and are ready to start pressing out those cookies!

Spritz Cookie Frosting

The Spritz Cookie frosting is not a typical buttercream frosting like sugar cookies. The Spritz cookie frosting is more of a lighter glazed frosting. To make it you combine powered sugar, water, melted butter, a little vanilla extract and food coloring of your choice.

I always do a red frosting, a green frosting and a white frosting. It’s fun to add sprinkles to them once you have iced the cookies as well.

Spritz Cookies green napkin

I hope my grandma is in heaven smiling down as she hears her great grand-daughter saying to me, “Mama, what does Grandma Marge say to do next for the cookies?

Spritz Cookie Recipe

Spritz Cookies Christmas Traditions

Spritz Cookies

Yield: 5 Dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 1 minute

Grandma Marge’s Spritz Cookie recipe to make and enjoy this Christmas season. It is fun to embrace Holidays Traditions for delicious and tasty treats and make wonderful winter memories.



  • 3 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1 Tablespoon Milk

Glaze (Frosting) Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon Water
  • 2 Tablespoon Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • Food Coloring



  1. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  2. Cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture is full of fine lumps. It will resemble pie crust or biscuit mix.
  3. Measure the egg in a measuring cup. A large egg will measure 1/4 cup. If it does not, add water to the 1/4 cup line.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract and beat the dough well.
  5. Put the dough through your cookie press on an un-greased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 375' F for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Put together the glaze frosting ingredients and frost your cookies.
  8. M-m-m-m very good! Enjoy, Grandma Marge.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 75Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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