Monday, December 18, 2006

Holiday Spritz Cookies.

Remember? I promised I would give you the 'perfect pressed cookie' recipe. These have been standard at my house each year- even as a little girl while I was growing up. I loved watching my mom make my kids watch me! They tend to overdo it on the sprinkles...but that's part of the magic of Christmas. It's just a bit more sugar, and a whole lot more fun!
So, without further ado, I give you Betty Crocker's Spritz Cookie recipe.
1 cup of butter or marg (softened)
2/3 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. flavoring (vanilla, almond, peppermint, rum...)
2 1/2 cups flour
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Mix butter, sugar, egg yolks and flavor thoroughly. Work in flour until well-combined. Divide dough and add food coloring, if desired at this time. (If dough is warm and soft, chill for a short time...if too cold it crumbles.) Using 1/4 dough at a time, force it through your cookie press onto an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 7-9 minutes or until set, but not brown. Makes about 6 dozen cookies.
I also made my own candy cane shapes by rolling green and pink dough into little ropes and then twisting them together (hence the peppermint flavoring if you like). Or simply roll them into balls and press them down with the bottom of a glass if you don't have a cookie press. Then add cookie press to your Christmas wish list and be good until next year. =)
And now, because I spent time posting this recipe, fewer people will receive their Christmas cards and packages from me on time this year. I have to go work on that right now!!! Does anyone else think we should just bump Christmas a bit further into the future than next Monday?
But leave my birthday where it is. =) {It's this Wednesday, the there's still time for you to send me Starbuck's gift cards online. Do they even do that? They should!}


Anonymous said...

A HUGE FYI on the cookies ladies (or guys)...don't use margarine!! Use real butter as they will turn out alot better AND will taste better as well. Don't know if you abide by this Jody but it's a "rule" my mother taught me and I think I'd have to agree. I didn't read you whole recipe but wanted to add just in case it's not there. You will need to chill the dough as well so it goes through the "spritzer" (I guess) better. Now back to reading the rest of your post and feeling like a doofus if you already had that in the recipe!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing the cookie recipe. I will have to try it. My B-Day is on the 22nd. How do you like your B-day so close to Christmas? I dont mind now, but did not like it when I was a kid.

Carrie said...

Happy Early Birthday!

And no, we don't do online gift cards. However, if someone knew your SBUX card number and the pin number to it, they could load it up online for you....

Anonymous said...

Yummy! They sound delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Claire said...

Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear JODY!!!!!

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Sorry to jump the gun but its 11.28am on Wednesday 20th December here so I thought I may as well do the birthday post!

Hope you enjoy it with family and that Wyndham is back to her old self soon as.


kimmie said...

ooh my birthday is tomorrow too! happy birthday jody!

Anonymous said...

i probably will not be online much tomorrow (last day of school for the kiddos - and I will be at the school for decorating/parties and such) but i wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- and just to say that God has truly blessed us (your cyber buddies) with your presence -- you are such and inspiration and SO REAL -- love that about ya -- so here is wishing you MANY BLESSINGS throughout the year!!

Christal said...

Ok Jody Hubbys bday is CHRISTMAS EVE!!!! He doesnt like it... His mom and now me, we say ohhhh go pick a gift from under the tree LOL! He came home from the hospital as a baby in a HUGE red stocking...35 years ago this year! Guess that was a stork baby for ya! He still has the stocking and thinks it should be filled the the brim every year but then I tell him Santa doesnt like greedy boys LOL! Hope that you have a wonderful birthday...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Jody!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, I'm thinking we need a support group for those of us with December birthdays!!!
I was going to make sure my kids did not have Dec. birthdays! And I succeeded!


I agree, I will only use butter when baking. Must be a farmer's daughter thing... but everything is just sooo much better with butter!