Spritz Cookies

Recipe makes about 72 to 84 cookies.

classic-spritz-cookies-mainWhatcha Need:

1½ cups butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or almond or lemon or orange, for variation)
3½ cups flour
decorative sprinkles, crystallized sugar, finely ground nuts, etc, for decorating

Whatcha Do:

  1. Beat butter with electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar and baking powder; beat well.
  2. Add egg and extract, beating until well combined.
  3. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer, and stir in any remaining flour with a wooden spoon. DO NOT CHILL DOUGH.
  4. Pack dough into cookie press; force dough through press onto ungreased baking sheets.
  5. Decorate tops, if desired.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 to 10 minutes or until cookies are firm but not browned.
  7. Cool on wire racks.
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