Saturday, December 08, 2007

Maniacal Ovens & Spritz Cookies

If you make 1 cookie this season,
make it a Spritz

I can't imagine Christmas without a tray of these tempting little treats. Though, I'll readily admit they're a lot more fun when someone else is baking them.

Spritz are made with a cookie press ~ if you're a perfectionist, that will give ya fits. It's not so bad for me because we generally eat all the dough before the oven is preheated.

For years I suspected my oven hated me. It would bake too hot, or broil too cold. Everyone accused me of being childish and immature for blaming the appliance.

Last year, that #!%*! oven decided to quit baking on December 23rd ~ so, we had to broil our Spritz Christmas Cookies! They weren't very pretty but they still tasted great.

Who's cryin now?
Sure, I could have recycled it. But, deep down, I knew it was possessed. So, I happily hauled that mean-spirited oven away to a place where it will never (ever!) be able to foil another baker's plans.

Classic Spritz Cookies
If you can refrain from eating the cookie dough, this recipe makes 4 dozen.
1 cup butter
3 egg yolks
2.5 cups flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to:
  1. Mix the butter, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Add the flour and mix by hand.
  2. Spoon into cookie press and press onto cookie sheets.
  3. Sprinkle with colored sugars. (Or, use red and green food coloring on smaller batches of the dough.)
  4. Bake @ 400 degrees for 7-10 minutes.
* Cookies require no recipe adjustments, when baking at high altitude.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi, I saw your blog from July about Lavender. I bought some lavender oil and have no idea what to do with it. I'd love to do some baking with the oil, but I'm not quite sure how to do it or anything. It looks like it's from France. Any suggestions?