These cookies are mixed differently from other cookies (like pie crust) but they are the best. These are the ones I grew up on. At Christmas my mom would add almond extract and green food color then make tree pattern.

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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Mix the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut the shortening in until it resembles course crumbs.

  • Measure the egg and add enough water to make 1/4 cup, beat together. Add egg and vanilla to crumb mixture; mix well.

  • Put through the cookie press onto cookie sheets. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar if desired. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 -12 minutes or until very light brown and set.

Nutrition Facts

116.9 calories; 1.2 g protein; 12.2 g carbohydrates; 6.2 mg cholesterol; 45.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
This came together so easily with the help of my food processor. (Pulse to cut in the shortening/butter add remaining ingredients and process until it comes together.) It was simple and good. Instead of all shortening I used 1/2 cup real butter and 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening. Also I didn't level off the baking powder so it was more of a heaping 1/4 tsp. Thanks for sharing this. I don't need to look any further for a great spritz recipe. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2005
the cookies taste like shortning Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
This came together so easily with the help of my food processor. (Pulse to cut in the shortening/butter add remaining ingredients and process until it comes together.) It was simple and good. Instead of all shortening I used 1/2 cup real butter and 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening. Also I didn't level off the baking powder so it was more of a heaping 1/4 tsp. Thanks for sharing this. I don't need to look any further for a great spritz recipe. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2004
This came together so easily with the help of my food processor. (Pulse to cut in the shortening/butter add remaining ingredients and process until it comes together.) It was simple and good. Instead of all shortening I used 1/2 cup real butter and 1/2 cup butter flavored shortening. Also I didn't level off the baking powder so it was more of a heaping 1/4 tsp. Thanks for sharing this. I don't need to look any further for a great spritz recipe. Read More
(36)
Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2003
Definately easy to mix up. As for taste - it was o.k. but we'd rather stick with butter over shortening. My husband thought it had a "shortening aftertaste" Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
12/09/2005
the cookies taste like shortning Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2009
Yum yum yum! I finally found the perfect Spritz recipe! Simple..and delicious! Only change I made was I used Butter flavored shortening. And added about 1/8 more flour because I live in Colorado and always make adjustments for the altitude. I colored half the batch with Forest Green gel food coloring..and they looked awesome! THX for a great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2005
very easy THANK YOU!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2010
Use butter not shortening! Butter makes all of the difference the cookie will have a nice texture and taste. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2004
I make these every Christmas. They can be changed by just changing the extract flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/29/2005
I followed the recipe but added peppermint extract and they were wonderful and very easy. I loved them so much that I made up a couple of baggies filled with all dry ingredients so next time I just have to cut in the shortening and the other wet ingredients. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2004
this is by far and away the best spritz recipe i have found. easy to make and cookies turn out terrific every time. for a flavor twist try using butter shortening. excellent recipe!!! Read More
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