This is the recipe we have always used at Christmas.

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Mix the butter or margarine, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla. Add the flour and mix by hand.

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  • Spoon into cookie press and press onto ungreased cookie sheets. Sprinkle with colored sugars.

  • Bake in preheated 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven for 7-10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

143.8 calories; 1.8 g protein; 15.6 g carbohydrates; 45.9 mg cholesterol; 55.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2006
This was a great recipe! I love to bake but had never used a cookie press before. I had absolutely none of the problems some of the users mentioned. Real butter is a key though! I found no need to mix the flour in by hand. I used my KitchenAid mixer and it came together just fine. My five-year old was amazed by the "magic" of the cookie press and loved the taste. She said "These are so good. I think we could SELL them!" The recipe came together fast and the baking time is so short. We were able to make mountains of cookies in no time. One note: If you are sprinkling sugar or other decorations on the cookies do that BEFORE you bake. Otherwise the sugar will not stick in my experience. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2008
Well...I followed the recipe to the T and ended up with a dough way to soft...I ended up having to roll them in balls and while they were edible nothing special and I kind of feel like I wasted 2 sticks of butter. I chilled it for 15 minutes and it was still to sticky for my electric cookie press...I really hate to write a less than glowing review but I'd hate for anyone to be disappointed as I was. I'm off to try another recipe! Read More
(10)
187 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 100
  • 4 star values: 44
  • 3 star values: 22
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 9
Rating: 5 stars
12/04/2006
This was a great recipe! I love to bake but had never used a cookie press before. I had absolutely none of the problems some of the users mentioned. Real butter is a key though! I found no need to mix the flour in by hand. I used my KitchenAid mixer and it came together just fine. My five-year old was amazed by the "magic" of the cookie press and loved the taste. She said "These are so good. I think we could SELL them!" The recipe came together fast and the baking time is so short. We were able to make mountains of cookies in no time. One note: If you are sprinkling sugar or other decorations on the cookies do that BEFORE you bake. Otherwise the sugar will not stick in my experience. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2005
I made these last night. This recipe tastes and works better than the one that came with my cookie press! I got 6 dozen cookies from the recipe. It also works well for stamped cookies as they keep their crisp patterns. Remember that these cookies rely on real butter for much of their flavor. Substitutions will not only not taste nearly as good but may affect the consistency of the dough. You CAN substitute different flavorings for the vanilla. Try almond peppermint (perhaps with crushed candy on top and/or coloring the dough pink) rum orange or lemon. The dryness of flours may vary but this should be a stiff but kneadable dough that can be packed into the cookie press. This recipe is a keeper. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/03/2007
Very good. Only comment I made the dough the day before and refrigerated it. After bringing to room temp on the counter for the dough was not as easy to work though the spritzer machine as the first batch I made that I used immediately. I would use immediately next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
This cookie was wonderful. Light and flakey and melted in your mouth. This was the first time ever using a cookie press. The dough did good the first time filling the press but by the second time I needed to refrigerate the dough. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
First time using a cookie press and this recipe is great. The dough was easy to work with. Will make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2010
I bought a cookie press in a thrift store a while ago and researched on the internet for spritz cookie recipes. I read a lot in forums about how cookie presses suck in general and are complicated to use how the dough sticks to the cookie press but not to the sheet and so on. However using this recipe for my first time with the cookie press I have no idea what all those people did wrong but I bet it was that they used the wrong recipe. This was fantastically fast and easy and absolutely no hassle whatsoever. Using the cookie press was lots of fun with this recipe and I can t wait to do it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2004
These are the best spritz cookies I have ever had!!! They are quick and easy to make and they taste GREAT! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2003
Very buttery very tastey! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2004
Very simple but very good. Worked great in my cookie press. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2008
Well...I followed the recipe to the T and ended up with a dough way to soft...I ended up having to roll them in balls and while they were edible nothing special and I kind of feel like I wasted 2 sticks of butter. I chilled it for 15 minutes and it was still to sticky for my electric cookie press...I really hate to write a less than glowing review but I'd hate for anyone to be disappointed as I was. I'm off to try another recipe! Read More
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