December 7, 2015

Meltaway Spritz Butter Cookies

Baking cookies one of my most-loved holiday traditions. Every year, I spend hours pouring over recipes I've made before along with new ones deciding what I should make for the holiday season. This year, I'm making seven different kinds. The first ones I made are meltaway spritz butter cookies from a recipe I created myself.

These little gems are a twist on the classic spritz cookie. I looked at recipes for classic spritz cookies to used as my base, poured over meltaway and butter cookie recipes, then picked out what parts of each I liked best. The goal was to have the best parts of each come through in this cookie. Finally, working with a baker friend of mine, I figured out what elements would work well together so I wouldn't be left with something hard or mushy.

In the end, I had an amazingly tasty hybrid cookie that melts in your mouth, reminds you of the spritz your grandma used to make and brings to mind a delicate butter cookie -- all in the same delicious bite.There really is nothing like them that I've ever had before! Anyone else who has tried them said the cookies are amazing and that they were eaten way too quickly.

Other Cookie Recipes
Check out these other great cookie recipes:
Soft and chewy butterscotch & chocolate chip cookies
Soft and chewy snickerdoodle specials
Colonial Williamsburg Gingerbread Cookies
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies (Coming soon!)
Best-Ever Peanut Butter Blossoms



As an added plus, these meltaway spritz butter cookies are fairly simple to make. On my first run, I tried using a cookie press. I gave up, I just can't get a cookie press to work how it should. I considered making these drop cookies, but they really need to bake evenly and not for very long. The need for even baking ruled out balls as well. Sprinkles also didn't seem to stick well once they baked, so I factored that into the mix. Thumbprint cookies seemed to be the best idea, but those aren't even. The final outcome is to roll dough into a 1 inch diameter ball, roll it through sprinkles, press the dough down with two fingers so it's is the same thickness all the way across, then lightly press the center ridge you get down so the cookie is even and flat on top. It may sound complicated, but once you make a couple it goes pretty quick.


What is fun about these cookies is you can dye the dough however you like then come up with your own sprinkle combination to roll them through. I mix red and green crystals with regular sugar, little balls with regular sugar and even red and green crystals along with shaped sprinkles with regular sugar. There are so many combinations you can try. The regular sugar helps to stretch the fancy sprinkles (since they cost more) and adds a  touch of sparkle. The ones with the sugar and little balls are my favorites.


Be sure not to leave these cookies in the oven too long or they'll turn crumbly and dry. You don't even want them to be golden yet, just set. Pull them off the cookie sheet and set them on a cooling rack as soon as they come out. The cookies keep for awhile when stored in an air-tight container so you can make them ahead of time without any problem.


Baking Tricks
These are the silicone baking mats I use for cookies and LOVE. They are also great for cooking chicken and other foods in the oven. The baking sheets hold up well, I've had my set for a few years now. I'd be lost without my KitchenAid mixer, attachments and a good set of wooden spoons, too!




Meltaway Spritz Butter Cookies


by The Stay-at-Home Life
Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Keywords: bake dessert vanilla butter almond almond extract Christmas cookie fall spring summer winter
Ingredients (4 dozen)
  • 1 1/4 up powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • Granulated sugar and sprinkles of choice to roll dough in
Instructions
Cream together powdered sugar, butter, almond extract and vanilla extract until very light and creamy
Add in egg and continue to cream ingredients together until well blended
In another bowl, mix flour and baking powder
Slowly pour flour mixture into the wet mixture, continuing to blend as you go until well combined
If you'd like to dye the dough, add the dye and mix well
Put dough in a bowl, cover and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Create your sprinkle/sugar blend
Form dough into 1-inch balls and roll in the sugar
Place on cookie sheet about 1 inch apart (you can fit 15 on a standard cookie sheet as the dough won't spread much)
Press each ball down using two fingers until dough is flattened yet still thick. You do not want thin dough or the cookies will break too easily. Dough should be uniform in thickness throughout.
Press down the center ridge that will be created lightly
Bake 12 minutes, or until dough is set but not browning at all
Immediately remove from cookie sheet onto a cooling rack
Cool completely then stack to store in an air-tight container or baggies

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21 comments:

  1. I might try these. I'll just make the dough and let the kids make the cookies.

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  2. These sound yummy. I love the colors too.

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  3. Those look so good! I can't wait to try them.

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  4. Yum, yum...these looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

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  5. Those are all so lovely, they would make an awesome giveaway in parties as well. I love the idea and how easy they are to make!

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  6. These look yummy and like so much fun! I'm going to have to try them with my kiddos :)

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  7. Stetep away from the cookies....back away slowly Mardene

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  8. I love your recipe. Baking over the weekend - I am making something similar! Yummy

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  9. Spritz are some of my favorite cookies ever. I can't believe I nearly forgot to make them this year too. I'll try your version!

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  10. I love how colorful these cookies are. I bet they are yummy, too.

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  11. So festive! My kids would love these. Maybe I can have their auntie bake them some

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  12. These cookies are saying Christmas. The look so tasty.

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  13. Those look and sound good. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. This would be perfect for our Family Christmas Party, kids would love it.

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  15. Looks delicious, easy to make and very creative.

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  16. Spritz butter cookies is so cute and fun to do, This is really perfect for Christmas. My kids would definitely love this. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Fun and festive! My cookie weekend is this coming weekend. Great idea!

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  18. I do too! Baking cookies is one of my favorite holiday traditions. Those melts ways look so festive!

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  19. This looks like a fun cookie to make with the kids! Very festive too.

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    1. We are making cookies here this weekend with the kids. The butter cookies look great!

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  20. lol Glad to hear I'm not the only one who gives up on the cookie press. Those things can be tricky. :)

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