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 and make wonderful winter memories.

Spritz Cookies Christmas Traditions
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 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.

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Even though we lived across the country from each other, my Grandma and 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 boxy lettering.

Spritz Cookies recipe

Each year at her house, she would spend days and days baking Christmas cookies.  And 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 and it makes me so happy (and just a little sad).

We start by mixing everything up with our trusty Kitchen Aide, however Grandma Marge always used a hand mixer.

Spritz Cookie making with a kitchenaid

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 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!

The Spritz Cookie frosting is simply water, powered sugar and food coloring.

Spritz Cookies green napkin

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

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Spritz Cookies

Yield: 5 Dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 11 minutes
Total Time: 41 minutes

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.


  • 2 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Shortening
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Corn Syrup
  • 1/4 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 and vanilla and beat the mixture very well.
  5. Put the dough through your cookie press on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake at 375' F for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Put together the glaze 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

Do you have special Christmas traditions?  I would love to hear them.

You can also see all the other amazing ladies participating in this Christmas Traditions blog tour here.

Christmas Traditions Blog Tour, Delineateyourdwelling.com

And be sure to check out my the REAL delineate page to see how cookie frosting really goes down in my house, oy.

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25 thoughts on “Spritz Cookies, a Christmas Tradition

  1. Oh, my, this post brought back lovely memories! My mom and I used to make and decorate Spritz, or press cookies, as she used to call them! I carry on the tradition now as she passed away several years ago. I’ll do a post about them Monday. Favorite Son will be here this weekend to help me. Hope you stop by next week, we can compare recipes. Thanks so much for sharing your touching memory!! Zenda

  2. I love spritz cookies! I have my grandma’s recipe too and we make them every year. How sweet that you have such wonderful memories of the cookie store room at her house. I am featuring your cookies this week, thanks for linking up at Fridays Unfolded! Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy those spritz cookies!

  3. Amy it is so sad to hear about your grandparents but I think it’s wonderful that you are able to share your grandmother’s recipe and yummy cookies with your family. I never knew there was a special machine for spritz cookies either! I loved reading your story, your photos are beautiful and I think this is a great tradition. Thanks for sharing the recipe too!

    1. Thanks for all the kind words, Katie. Yes, it was a hard beginning to the year but means so much that I can carry on family traditions.

  4. What an amazing tradition to have, I just love it! And a yummy tradition as well! Spritz cookies are among my fave holiday cookies! All month long I am featuring different holiday cookie creations for my cookie countdown to Christmas! I would love it if you stopped by to check it out! 🙂

  5. I used to make these with my grandma too. Except her recipe was horrible. So I choose to hold onto the memories, not the recipe. I should try your recipe because I still have the spritz device-thingy!

  6. Generations of special ladies as I ponder all the fun and love that was shared each and every time we all got together! Now new generations to enjoy that same fun and love! Thanks for the reminder of years gone by!

    Your mama

  7. Amy,

    Wow, what a treasure that hand written recipe card is. I remember making pecan pie with my grandma. She passed away before we could ever have her write down the recipe…we always created it together from her memory. It was wonderful hearing all of your memories of this special time with your grandma. And so special that you and your daughter get to carry on the tradition. (I love those matching aprons too!)


    1. Ah, Sarah thank you for your comment. Her handwritten recipes are definitely a treasure for me! At least you have the memories of pecan pie with your grandma. (I adore pecan pie, I bet hers was wonderful!)

  8. Well, this made me tear up! My husband and I each lost a beloved grandparent in the last 2 years, so we have found little ways to honor their memory at Christmas time, too. This is such a great way to do that and an awesome way to pass on a tradition to your daughter.

    1. Aw, Rachel such kind words. Grandparents are such people and it’s hard to lose them no matter the reason! Thanks again for coordinating this blog hop!

  9. SO special! There is nothing better than a recipe passed down from grandma! I love the shape of these fun cookies and how you included your daughter 🙂


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