My Favorite Spritz Cookies

These are my favorite spritz cookies! Using a cookie press, shape this easy cookie dough into intricate shapes and have fun decorating with sprinkles, chocolate, and chocolate chips. No cookie dough chilling required and the cookies freeze and ship wonderfully.

Butter spritz cookies on a plate

Welcome to day 2 in Sally’s Cookie Palooza!

We started my annual Christmas cookie countdown yesterday with Peppermint Bark Cookies and I have an equally festive CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COOKIE recipe for you today.

These are my favorite Spritz Cookies.

butter spritz cookies

What are Spritz Cookies?

Spritz cookies are a lot like sugar cookies. They’re buttery and sweet and, with the right recipe, hold their intricate shape when baked. Sugar cookies are shaped with cookie cutters and spritz cookies are shaped with a cookie press. Spritz cookies are also similar to shortbread cookies, but spritz cookies usually contain an egg. Eggs help the spritz cookies hold their shape when baked, so they don’t crumble like shortbread cookies do.

The word “spritz” actually comes from the German word spritzen which means “to squirt.” This refers to squirting or pushing the cookie dough through a cookie press. I don’t know why, but I always associate the word spritz with “spritely” because spritz cookies remind me of something little spritely fairies would eat!

What is a Cookie Press?

I added a cookie press to my baking tools collection a few years ago. Inside this baking tool is a metal plate with a stenciled shape. A cookie press presses your cookie dough through the metal plate to create beautifully shaped cookies. It’s actually a lot easier (and more fun) than a rolling pin and cookie cutter!

  • I recommend this OXO cookie press. This is not a sponsored post; I genuinely love this cookie press. It’s the easiest to use and comes with 12 different shapes you can swap out. Just read the hundreds of positive reviews. It also makes a wonderful holiday gift!

butter spritz cookies with chocolate chips and chocolate drizzle

How to Make Spritz Cookies

This is my favorite recipe for spritz cookies. I love it so much that I published it in my cookbook Sally’s Cookie Addiction. Here’s why this is my favorite:

  • BASIC INGREDIENTS. Butter, flour, egg, sugar.
  • 1 BOWL. Easy recipe.
  • FAST RECIPE. Chilling the cookie dough is not required.
  • STICKS TO THE BAKING SHEET. Not the cookie press.
  • FUN TO DECORATE. Use sprinkles, chocolate chips, melted chocolate, etc!
  • FREEZER-FRIENDLY. They literally taste like new after thawed.
  • SHIP WONDERFULLY. Hold their shape during the journey!

The dough comes together in 1 bowl using a mixer. There is no baking powder or baking soda needed; these buttery spritz cookies are dense, not airy. They hardly spread, so you can fit a bunch onto your baking sheets. Since the cookies are small, you can use 1 batch of dough to make a variety of shapes with your cookie press. You can even tint some of the cookie dough red or green like you see in my pictures!

Butter cookie dough and bowls of holiday sprinkles

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Butter spritz cookies on a baking sheet

How Do I Use a Cookie Press?

Each press comes with a set of instructions and the OXO cookie press I recommend is super user-friendly. Select a plate, such as the snowflake shape, and place it in the bottom compartment. After your cookie dough is prepared, spoon it inside the tube. Attach the top of the cookie press to the tube. Hold the cookie press upright– the bottom pressed against your baking sheet. Press the lever until it clicks and lift up the cookie press. Shaped cookie will be on your baking sheet! *If the cookie dough sticks to the cookie press, use your fingers to release it and place onto the cookie sheet.

  • No Cookie Press? Instead, use a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch (13 mm) open star tip and use my butter cookies recipe, which is this cookie dough with a little milk to help it pipe-able. 🙂

assortment of butter spritz cookies made with a cookie press

Grab your kids, friends, cousins, grandkids, siblings, etc and have fun decorating. Can I admit I prefer these over decorating sugar cookies with royal icing? Ha!!! Spritz cookies are much neater and using a cookie press is really fun!

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butter spritz cookies

My Favorite Spritz Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 84 bite-size cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


These are my favorite spritz cookies! Using a cookie press, shape this easy cookie dough into intricate shapes and have fun decorating with sprinkles, chocolate, and chocolate chips. No cookie dough chilling required and they freeze and ship wonderfully.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks; 230g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 and 1/4 cups (281g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • optional: sprinkles, chocolate chips, and melted chocolate for decoration


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line 2-3 large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  2. In a large bowl, using a handheld mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter and granulated sugar together on medium-high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add the egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract, and beat on high speed until combined, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and up the bottom of the bowl and beat again as needed to combine.
  3. On low speed, beat in the flour and salt. Turn up to high speed and beat until completely combined.
  4. Press the dough– follow manufacturer’s directions to fit your cookie press with a decorative plate. Scrape some of the dough into your cookie press. Hold the cookie press perpendicular to the lined baking sheet and press out the cookies 2 inches (5 cm) apart. If desired, decorate the shaped cookie dough with sprinkles or press a chocolate chip into the center. Note: It’s helpful to lightly brush the shaped cookie dough with water before adding sprinkles. Helps them stick.
  5. If the cookie dough becomes too soft as you work, chill the shaped cookie dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before baking.
  6. Bake until very lightly browned on the edges, 7 to 9 minutes.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. If desired, drizzle with melted chocolate.
  8. Cookies stay fresh in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.


  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You can chill the cookie dough in the refrigerator for up to 4 days before pressing the dough through the cookie press. You can also freeze the cookie dough for up to 3 months; allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator, then bring to room temperature before continuing with step 4. Baked cookies freeze well for up to 3 months; thaw before serving.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Stand MixerGreen Food Coloring |  OXO Cookie Press | Silpat Baking Mat | Baking Sheet | Cooling Rack | Red Sanding SugarGreen Sanding Sugar | Wilton Pearlized Sugar | Christmas Nonpareils
  3. Almond Extract: Almond extract adds such a wonderful flavor and I don’t recommend skipping it. If desired, you can leave it out completely or add another 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract in its place. You can also substitute with 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, lemon extract, or another flavor extract you enjoy. Adding 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon is delicious too!
  4. Food Coloring: I tinted 1/4 of the cookie dough green with 1 very tiny drop of green food coloring. I recommend gel food coloring. Use sparingly; 2 drops is plenty for the entire batch.
  5. No Cookie Press? No problem! Instead, use a pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch (13 mm) open star tip and use my butter cookies recipe, which is this cookie dough with a little milk to help it pipe-able.

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  1. Mine spread any idea how I can get them not to?

    1. Hi Sarah! Chill the shaped cookies in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes first. That will definitely help! The cookie dough may have gotten too warm while using the cookie press.

      1. Carolyn Cornie says:

        Make sure that each cookie sheet is in the refrigerator up until the minute you are ready to press. Keep the press cold until you add the dough. Keep waiting dough also in the refrigerator. May take a few minutes to warm up when it is it’s turn to become a cookie !

  2. Grrrrr…first and last time using my brand new cookie press. The dopey things spread and now the crummy disc I used is stuck in the press. I give up!

  3. Hi Sally! I made these last year, they tasted delicious and the family loved them and has asked me to make them again. However, I had a lot of trouble with the dough sticking to the press. coming out misshapen, and some shapes I could not make at all. I remember having to cut the Xmas tree shape off the press and reshape with my fingers. How can I prevent this? I’ve read elsewhere that it’s best to press them directly onto the cookie sheet (I have Nordic Ware aluminum) without parchment paper or silpat. But I am afraid of ruining the cookie sheet. This Nordic Ware cookie sheet scratches very easily.

    1. Hi Ro, I’m not sure which cookie press you are using but I usually don’t have any problems with the OXO press that I link to above. And yes, many readers have commented that they have the best luck pressing the dough directly onto the cookie sheet. You can certainly try it, it shouldn’t scratch your cooke sheets!

  4. I made these last night and they were perfect! So many recipes do not call for enough almond flavoring and have too much flour. I used a Wilton Spritz Cookie press and the dough worked perfectly. Will definitely keep this recipe. I did use the Land-o-Lakes Extra Creamy Butter – the flavor of these were delicious. Even my hubby who doesn’t typically like these cookies ate them and commented on how great they were. As a twist I dipped some of them in melted Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate dipping wafers. I used the candy tool that looks sort of like a fork and dipped the bottoms. Happy Baking!!

  5. I did refrigerate mine for 15 min and they spread like crazy!!! I bake cookies for a living so I have no idea what happened… the raw dough is the best ever too but I have to throw all the first batch out . Should I freeze it from 10 min instead of refrigerate

    1. Hi Carrie. Freezing will help, yes. Make sure your butter is cool at room temperature— that’s the usual culprit behind cookies over-spreading.

  6. 320 degrees convection for 8:30-9:00 minutes worked best for me.

  7. I have made several batches over the last week and each one has come out perfectly. I bought an OXO cookie press and I love it. I just finished a batch and I’m going to make another one to take to work tomorrow.

  8. Hi Sally,

    I made this recipe tonight and while the flavor was great my cookies were not taking shape. I realized that you have written 1 cup is equal to 240 grams of butter. I live overseas and went by this conversion but later realized that 1 cup is actually about 226 grams. There was a tad too much butter in my cookies which I’m Thinking is probably the reason they didn’t dispense from the cookie press easily and spread out while baking. Will try again!

    1. I, too recognized that the butter conversion was too high and I made mine with the same conversion that you have and my cookies turned out well.

  9. Do you add the sprinkles before or after baking? It looks like there is a light glaze on the Christmas tree cookies. Thanks!

    1. Hi Anna, add the sprinkles before baking. There is no glaze on these cookies but you could certainly add some if desired.

  10. Brooke Teeter-Stocz says:

    I have a question about the measurement of vanilla. I noticed this recipe is almost identical to the butter cookie. The butter cookie has 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla but this recipe has 1 tsp of vanilla. I really like vanilla is it okay to do 1 1/2 tsp and then add the almond as well?

    1. You can definitely add more vanilla as I do with the butter cookies, yes!

  11. I used the Pampered Chef press and the cookie dough wouldn’t come off the press, just stuck to the press after being pushed thru. We gave up and used the dough to make cookie cutter cookies. The cookies taste good but disappointed the dough didn’t work in the cookie press.

    1. Carolyn J Cornie says:

      I have purchased and given away about 6 different brands of Cookie Presses. The newer ones now have an extension so the handle isn’t so rough on the palm of your hand. Must always use cold cookie sheet. .. and never parchment. I have discovered it works best…for me…if I do not fill the press to the top, but only about half way. I do not have the strength needed to push from the very top. Still can be frustrating…wish we could get ALL the tips in one paragraph.

    2. I baked this today and the cookie dough was too soft. I measured everything in grams (sugar, flour and butter) but it was way too whipped buttercream frosting. I added about 50 gms more flour and then pressed it through my OXO gg press. Maybe this needs 300 gms flour. Turned out tasty nevertheless in the end.

  12. I just want to thank you! This is our first Christmas/God Jul without our mom and my first time to make spritz. I used your recipe and the OXO cookie press. I read all the reviews so was holding my breath. The recipe made 5 cookie sheets (I might have spaced them out more than I needed to) and the cookies have 5 different designs. They came out great – no problems at all! You just made a hard Christmas much happier!

    1. Hi, Donna – I’m SO glad you loved this recipe and that it brought back many sweet memories. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  13. Recipe didn’t work me. First batch spread. Refrigerated the second for 15 min…still spread. Third batch refrigerated for 30 minutes and dough stuck to press.

  14. Love this recipe! My

  15. Hi Sally! I LOVE your recipes. Can the dough be rolled out to use with holiday cookie cutter shapes that aren’t available in a cookie press. Thank you!

    1. Hi Sarah! No, I don’t recommend it. Instead, use my sugar cookies recipe.

  16. This recipe came out great. I used my Oxo cookie press. I didn’t have a problem with the cookies spreading. I chilled the dough in between batches.

  17. This is my 2nd time making these and I love this recipe! I love the kick the almond adds. Here are some tips:
    1. the Oxo cookie press is better then then Wilton cookie press (I have both).
    2. Put the cookies right on the sheet, no parchment paper. Otherwise they won’t come off the cookie press.
    3. To get the cookies off the cookie press, I found it’s best to do a click and a half with the press. That extra little click pushes the cookie out so it sticks to the pan not the press.
    4. I haven’t had the spreading problem, but I suspect it might have to do with not using room temp butter. I always make sure to use room temp butter because I feel like it adds to the flavor. And it may stop the spreading.

  18. My mother and grandmother made spritz cookies all the time. Instead of a cookie press, they would put a bit of flour on the bottom of a heavy glass with a beveled base. Then we would stamp the glass down and create a beautiful pattern like a geometric snow flake. Dipping the cup in flour then stamping was one of our favorite jobs as kids when we made these cookies.

  19. Thank you for your positive feedback, Nancy. I’m so happy you enjoy these cookies!

  20. Hedi Leistner says:

    I made these cookies for Easter using a butterfly disk. The Flavor was outstanding but cookies stuck to the cookie sheet. What did I do wrong?

  21. What consistency does the dough have to be when it goes into the cookie press? Should it be chilled?

    1. Hi Monique, No need to chill the dough before it goes into your press. However, if the cookie dough becomes too soft as you work, chill the shaped cookie dough in the refrigerator for 10 minutes before baking. There is a photo in the above post of the dough on the mixer that should help to give you a visual of what it looks like after it’s mixed together.

  22. This recipe is yummy, but it doesn’t really work as written as many others have commented. I had to chill the dough, cookie press, and pan for about 30 minutes, press the cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet (no parchment paper), and cooked at 330 for 9 minutes. They are good and I had no spreading!

    1. i may have to try this i tried for 15mins the biscuits were quite firm until they were in the oven literally for 5 mins and they just spread paper thin!

  23. I have never made cookies before and so this was my first attempt.

    Initially I wanted to make dog treats and had gone to the store to get a bone cookie cutter but saw the OXO cookie cutter and thought “Oh!” That it would be easier getting it then getting the bone cutter + a roller + a cutting board for the dough etc.

    Anyways … I learned real fast the cookie cutter can’t just press any kind of dough.

    I was really frustrated because I tried a different recipe before this one and it was the biggest failure. Just like the dog treat mixture this other recipe dough wouldn’t squeeze out or detach.

    So I decided since I had one egg left and just enough flour I would try this … and my mind has been blown. I couldn’t believe the dough actually came out and actually detached! I put the trays in the freezer while preparing the dough and in the fridge with the pressed cookies before placing it in the oven.

    I was initially going to mix it all by hand but saw a counter top mixer for 45$ used for sale so I picked that up prior to making this. FYI … man I love this mixer lol.

    So thank you <3 because I was going to return the cookie press in anger but I’ll keep it now.

  24. Never made cookie press cookies before, had three presses so I thought I’d try out this recipe and the manual Food Network stainless press won out over a battery operated and an electric one.
    I made the mistake of using pam on my cookie sheet! Would not release onto sheet until i washed it off, then I had same problem reusing sheets until I wiped the butter off from previous cookies. My cookies came out perfectly shaped and my picky husband loved them! This recipe will be used for this years Christmas Cookies! Thank you for sharing!!

  25. My first time to try this–I just got an OXO press. I want to make some of the cookies chocolate — how much cocoa powder do I add to the batter, and would Dutch-processed cocoa work? Thank you–I love your website!

    1. Hi Regee, while I haven’t tried this yet, you can try using my chocolate sugar cookies dough. I recommend chilling the shaped cookies (before baking) for at least 30 minutes so they hold they’re shape in the oven.

  26. This is going to be my go to recipe for spritz cookies. I made pumpkins for halloween using my cookie press and this recipe was fantastic. Not too sweet, buttery, delicious and SO easy. So excited for holiday baking in a few months 🙂

  27. Lynette L Sanders says:

    I made these last night, I did add 1/4 more cup of flour to the recipe as the dough seemed a little wet still. But they turned out great. I will for sure use this recipe again and again. Thank you for posting it.

  28. Tried the cookie press last year for the first time and the recipe gave us dry cookies (but cute). Loving the flavor of your recipe. Thanks!

  29. Angela Putman says:

    Followed recipe exactly and the cookies turned out perfectly!! Thank you! My daughter and I had so much fun making them

  30. I’m getting ready to try this recipe! How many cookies will it make about?

    1. Hilari @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      This recipe yields about 84 bite-size cookies. Happy baking!

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