Food & Drink

November 5, 2013

Spritz cookies only look fussy

Spritz cookies never held much interest for me. They are cute little cookies, with sprinkles of colored sugar. OK, I will confess – I have never made them. I always thought they were too fussy and would take way too much time. But I was wrong.

Spritz cookies never held much interest for me. They are cute little cookies, with sprinkles of colored sugar. OK, I will confess – I have never made them. I always thought they were too fussy and would take way too much time. But I was wrong.

When I attended the Dallas Market a few weeks ago, one of the sales reps was touting spritz cookie presses. He was very persuasive, and primarily out of curiosity, I ordered a few – just to see if they were half as good as he implied.

This past week, my assistant decided she would test the cookie press and whipped up a batch of spritz cookies. She cranked out dozens of cookies in no time. Not only was it fast, those cookies were beautiful with so many designs – Christmas trees, wreaths, stars, flowers, pumpkins, snowmen and hearts.

But the real test came when I popped a beautifully shaped spritz into my mouth – wow! Its crisp, tender texture melted in my mouth with a burst of butter-vanilla favor. It was pure delight. I discovered spritz cookies are deliciously addictive. Before long, I had polished off more than I care to tell you. My thinking did a complete turnaround – spritz cookies soared right up to the top of my list of favorite cookies.

They may look like a fussy little cookie, but you can crank out a whole tray of cookies with one basic dough in a few minutes. And you can create many different shapes so your tray of cookies will look like you worked for hours. The dough is versatile; it can be adapted easily to lemon, spice, chocolate and a myriad of other flavors.

If you make holiday cookies, you are going to want this recipe. As you read the recipe, you may wonder how something with a few basic ingredients can be so good. All I can say is just try it – you’ll be delightfully surprised.

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