Sunday, December 12, 2010

Recipe: Vanilla Spritz Cookies from McCalls Cookbook 1963

A cookie press is required to make these cookies and an electric cookie press is the easiest to use.  This cookie is a favorite especially at Christmas time when I tint them red and green and sprinkle them with decorative sugar.  See Chocolate Spritz Cookie recipe for an even tastier variation ! (Because it's chocolate, of course...)
Vanilla Spritz Cookies
(printable recipe)
2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla or 1/4 tsp. almond extract

Refrigerate ungreased cookie sheets until ready to use.   Preheat over to 375'.
Sift flour with salt and set aside.
In a large bowl or electric mixer beat butter, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla at medium speed until light and fluffy.
Beat in flour mixture just until combined. If desired, you can tint the dough with food coloring.
Fill cookie press.   Force dough through desired disk of press onto cookie sheet, 1 1/2 inches apart.   (If dough is too soft to hold it's shape when pressed, refrigerate 30 mins.)
Sprinkle with colored or granulated sugar.
Bake 8-10 mins. or just until cookies are set but not brown. Remove to wire rack, cool.
These can be frozen for later use.
Number Of Servings:   Makes 3 1/2 dozen

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Anonymous said...

Stopping by via the weekend hops to say hello and follow.
Have a great weekend.

Jill said...

Thanks for linking this one too!
Looks scrummy!
Have a wonderful week.

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

makeyourhomesing said...

Oh, how fun! I love the red and green and these look yummy! Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

Mindy said...

We love Spritz cookies! Even though I am a little behind this year, this is on my list of things to bake this week! Yours turned out so perfect! You have a great touch with the cookie press.

I love to make green wreaths and trees with different colored candies and pointsettas with red hots for the centers.

Dorie said...

The cookies look yummy!

I am so far behind on my baking and your post is inspiring me to get busy.

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

How cute are these.

This week on my blog I am hosting a Holiday Treats week, hope you will stop by and link up.

Tricia said...

These look yummy, and good old fashioned Christmas cookies. I'd love it if you linked this recipe up to my all Holiday recipe link party. Feel free to link up any other holiday recipes as well.

Donnie said...

I have a great recipe for cream cheese spritz cookies on my blog too. These sound really good.

Twins Crew said...

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BrettBMartin said...

my mom used to make those <3

i'm already following but stopping to say hi from monday hops

Joanna said...

Visiting via Tuesday Night Supper Club...
These look so easy and sweet! They'd be a nice addition to a cookie tray.

Lisa said...

Your cookies are just lovely. These would dress up any cookie platter. By the way, I'm holding a giveaway on my blog for Orglamix Organic makeup and you're welcome to come by and enter.

Unknown said...

I was super excited to see these! My family makes them every year for Christmas (they are my dad's favorite) but my boyfriend had never heard of them. I'm glad to see someone else makes them too!

Ginger said...

Yummy! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Mondays!

Nikki said...

Those are SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty!!!!! Almost too pretty to eat...oh who am I kidding...I'd polish off a platter of them! ;)

Unknown said...

spritz cookies make me smile. when i was a kid we had the aluminum spritz gun and my sister and i would fight over who got to make the trees! we never colored ours but always used sprinkles to decorate. it has been years since i have made a deliciously buttery spritz cookie. thank you for bringing this great memory to tuesday night supper club!

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Suzy Myers said...

I love these! They bring back many memories! I would be thrilled if you stopped by my Commercial Break Thursday at and linked this project!


Mari said...

I just happen to have a new cookie press...though sadly not electric! They make electric ones?! Awesome!
Thanks for sharing.

Would love you to link it up to my premier Food Fight Link party!
Happy Holidays

Lori@Paisley Passions said...

They look delicious! Thanks for linking the recipe up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions :)

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Retail Therapy Lounge said...

I am your newest follower and would love a follow back!

Jorgelina said...

The cookies look yummy!
Happy pink saturday!!

monah said...

I love Spritz cookies & yours turned out great. Like I remember.
I have my Mom's cookie press from the 50's & we used to make these every year & they looked like yours.
I tried last year & mine did not turn out. The dough was too soft & did not take shape.
Any suggestions? (I bake all the time but these didn't work).

Thanks monah, please visit me too.

Mary Beth @ Live. Laugh. Make Something said...

such an unexpected delightful memory! My mama used to make these when I was little in the 60's. I'm thrilled to have the recipe! Thanks for sharing and Merry Pinks to you and your family!

gengen said...

Like the cookies..I am your new follower. See you.

Kitty Deschanel said...

I love that it's snowing on your blog!
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