RECIPE: Spritz Cookies

Right before Valentine’s Day, my mom asked me to think of a baking project that will make use of lots of flour! Apparently, she had a little too much in the cupboard that she wanted to get rid of a big, sifted batch. 🙂 Thanks to her trusty cookie press from the 80s (yes, the copyright printed on the box was dated 1988!), I instantly found my guide — the classic Spritz Cookie* Recipe. The recipe was intended for the use of the cookie press but I was too lazy to analyze its squeeze trigger action. I ended up using old-fashioned cookie cutters! 🙂 (Check out my 3D Hello Kitty cookies!) 

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*Spritz cookies are also known as Swedish butter cookies. Based on my Google research, the German verb spritzen means squirt in English. 🙂

Here’s the full recipe and photo diary:

SPRITZ COOKIE RECIPE (courtesy of  Wilton Enterprises, 1988)

1 1/2 cups butter or margarine

1 cup granulated sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Thoroughly cream butter and sugar.
  • Add egg, milk, vanilla, and almond extract; beat well.
  • Stir together flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough. Do not chill.
  • Place dough into cookie press and press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet. (Kate: Skipped this part and made use of old-fashioned cookie cutters. Also made use of liquid food coloring.)
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I believe we’ve had this in our baking kit for yearssss now.
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Plastic cookie cutters for 3D output from a Japanese bargain store (Japan Home Center if my memory serves me right!). These came ins a set that costs less than Php 100 (approximately USD 2).


  • Bake at 400° 6 to 8 minutes; remove cookies from sheet; cool on rack.
  • Makes 6 dozen cookies.

NOTE: This recipe suggests use of candy sprinkles and colored sugar for different cookie designs. Since I didn’t have those add-ons readily available, I used leftover chocolate caramel frosting (used for cupcakes) as filling in between two heart cookies. For your convenience, you may use ready-to-eat choco hazelnut spread like Nutella instead. 🙂 Check out photos of the finished products below – heart cookie sandwiches.

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It’s quite obvious which ones overstayed in the oven. Hehe! 🙂


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I was in a rush and didn’t realize my cooling rack was on top of a muffin pan. 😉 Those are the freshly baked Hello Kitties and the individual legs!


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I couldn’t wait for the cookies to totally cool down before I assembled them. I think this part was what I really looked forward to doing. 🙂


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My 3D Hello Kitty babies! 🙂

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What better way to give my cookies a Valentine feel than to place a heart cookie on Kitty’s lap? 🙂
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The heart cookie sandwiches with chocolate caramel filling! Yum! The frosting definitely added sweetness to the plain butter cookies. 🙂

Special thanks to my college friend Greg who came over for a visit and helped me in baking these goodies. In fact, he shaped 95% of the heart cookies! 🙂