Buttery, Sugary Christmas Tree Spritz Cookies!
These are my favorite Christmas Cookies! Every Christmas Eve we make these Christmas Cookies. When I was young I used to make them in the afternoon then take them over to my Grandma’s house because it was a family tradition to spend Christmas Eve there. Then of course we would leave some of these cookies out for Santa when we got home later that night.
It’s funny my Dad never did a lot of baking but for some reason he’s the one that taught me how to make these. I was probably 8 or 9 years old when he first taught me how to make them. As a matter of fact my 8 year old niece made this batch with me, she had a lot of fun learning how to make them. When we were halfway through I asked her if she wanted me finish making the rest & she quickly replied with a “No”. So she made all of them & I think she did a great job with them!
These cookies are simple to make. You will need a cookie press to make them & the tree pattern disc. Be careful that you push out enough dough for each tree or it will not stick to the cookie sheet like it should. If the dough is giving you problems you could try chilling it for 20 minutes or so in the refrigerator. I never have any trouble with mine coming out nicely but I know some people do. A whole batch makes about 4 cookie sheets worth of cookies depending on how big of trees you make. I forgot to count how many it made but it makes a lot!
- 1 cup butter, softened (I used salted)
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon baking powder
- a few drops of green food coloring
- sprinkles for decorating
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Mix butter & sugar together. Stir in egg, vanilla, & almond extract (optional). Add flour, salt, & baking powder & mix well. Add a few drops of green food coloring & mix in.
- Scoop dough into cookie press fitted with tree pattern disc. Press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.
- Decorate with sprinkles.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. If you like your cookies soft then bake until cookies are set, if you want them crisper bake until edges are starting to brown.
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