Sunday, December 06, 2009

Maniacal Ovens and Spritz Cookies

If you bake one cookie this holiday season,
make it a Spritz

Spritz, the yummiest of all the buttery little morsels, are made with a cookie press. If you're a perfectionist, that should 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. Friends 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 crying 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.

Yummy 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.
** Do not, under any circumstances, try to lighten up this delightfully high fat recipe! ['Tis the season to not fret about such things....]


Iron Needles said...

mmmm.....spritz. I love me some buttery cookies. AND. I have me a brand new stove to try some bakery out on. Just the ticket!

Noelle Johnson said...

Oh, I just love cookies! I used to love visiting my grandmother who would let us eat as much cookie dough as we wanted....she didn't care if we actually had any left to bake ;0)

Thank you for the recipe.

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Chloe m said...

I think my oven hates me. It's erratic and moody. Kind of like me. :)
Love spritz, yummy! and easy.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Good idea, Iron! You've got my address so feel free to send a box of buttery goodness my way...

Hi, AZ! Your Grannie had it right! The dough is the best part of a Christmas cookie day.

Hi, Johnson! Hmmm.... what could it be? I shall scurry right over to your virtual cottage!

Hey, Rosey; I am so thrilled to hear you think spritz cookies are easy. Can you be at my place by 9 a.m. next Saturday? We'll put you in charge of the cookie press chores hee- hee

jan said...

Those look so tasty, but I dare not try something that I will not be able to stop eating. I have a feeling that would be the outcome!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kate, broiling cookies! What a concept! I think you did the best thing to protect society from the evil oven. Spritz, ah the joys of butter. I wonder if I kept that cookie press, whose major downside was the cleaning of the thing. Funny about the perfectionism thingey too, and eating the dough! HA :-)

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Dearest Jan ~ I admire your will power! I've been known to eat the entire batch...

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Frances!
They are marvelous little cookies but cleaning that cookie press is, indeed, a royal pain...

Unknown said...

My childhood Christmas-baking memories are of just two kinds of cookies: spritz and molasses cookies. The spritzers turned out quite differently, depending on which of us kids (or Mom) handled the press. We generally let her do it. What we loved was making molasses cookies, cutting them out with Christmas-themed cookie cutters, then decorating with sprinkles. One year (hippie college student) I tried using these for tree ornaments. Oops, too much moisture! The weight of the cookies broke through the top and they all fell off onto the floor. We ate 'em anyway.

Kate/High Altitude Gardening said...

Hi, Li'l Ned ~ I make molasses cookies, too! Molasses, shredded carrots, diced apples... don't they sound just horrid? The horses love 'em! :D