These classic holiday cookies made with a cookie press are everybody's favorite, both to decorate and to eat.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
8 mins
additional:
52 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
42
Yield:
7 dozen
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Ingredients

42
Original recipe yields 42 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Stir flour, salt and baking powder in medium bowl until well blended. Beat shortening, butter and powdered sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, almond extract and food color. Beat in flour mixture gradually until blended.

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  • Fit cookie press with Christmas tree or wreath plate according to manufacturer's instructions. Fill cookie press according to instructions. Press dough onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake 6 to 7 minutes or until set, but not brown. Cool 1 minute on baking sheet. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

  • Place frosting in large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag. Microwave on HIGH 20 to 30 seconds to soften. Knead. Cut very small bottom corner off bag. Drizzle over cookies in a decorative pattern. Place candy bits from frosting in medium bowl. Hold cookie over bowl and sprinkle with candy bits. Let stand 15 minutes or until frosting is set.

Nutrition Facts

110 calories; protein 0.8g 2% DV; carbohydrates 13.5g 4% DV; fat 5.9g 9% DV; cholesterol 10.2mg 3% DV; sodium 49.1mg 2% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2014
I used this with my Pampered Chef press and it worked beautifully. I didn't need to refrigerate. I mixed them up in the mixer and put them directly into the press. We're on our 3rd double batch. Taste good and look good and moving along much faster than spritz usually do. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2015
I guess I just don't like spritz. I didn't like them when I was little...my mom made them every year and loved to help decorate them but the flavor was off for me. Now 40 years later the flavor is still not for me. They just aren't sweet enough. So I'm giving this recipe one star for flavor but five stars for workability of the dough. I bought a new cookie press and the two worked great together. However I'm gonna keep looking for other recipes. Read More
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  • 5 star values: 3
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  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2014
I used this with my Pampered Chef press and it worked beautifully. I didn't need to refrigerate. I mixed them up in the mixer and put them directly into the press. We're on our 3rd double batch. Taste good and look good and moving along much faster than spritz usually do. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2018
Perfect the first time! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2018
Always good! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2015
I guess I just don't like spritz. I didn't like them when I was little...my mom made them every year and loved to help decorate them but the flavor was off for me. Now 40 years later the flavor is still not for me. They just aren't sweet enough. So I'm giving this recipe one star for flavor but five stars for workability of the dough. I bought a new cookie press and the two worked great together. However I'm gonna keep looking for other recipes. Read More