There’s something rather magical about Spritz cookies. They’re from the German word “spritzen,” which literally means “to squirt,” which is exactly how you make these, by squirting the dough through a cookie press. I make these cookies every year around the holidays and it still blows my mind every singe time to see the dough push through the holes in the disc and transform into trees and flowers and other designs.

The dough for these cookies is a simple butter cookie dough, but my favorite recipe adds cream cheese to make them extra tangy and melt-in-your-mouth crumbly.

Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies of all shapes and sizes

Spritz Cookies

Adapted from Allrecipes

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 tsp orange zest
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together butter and cream cheese. Add sugar and egg yolk; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in the vanilla and orange zest.
  4. Gradually blend the dry ingredients into the butter mixture. Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough, and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cookies are golden brown on the peaks and on the bottoms. Remove from cookie sheets at once to cool on wire racks. Store in airtight container.

I have a Marcato cookie press (I don’t think this is exactly it, but it’s close) and, aside from being really easy to clean and making perfect cookies every single time, it look really nice and classy too, which is always a plus.

Marcato Cookie Press

Churning out cookies like nobody’s business

The addition of cream cheese and orange zest really makes these something special. They’re super light and tender, but with a really bright zing from the citrus. The cardamom is really faint, but goes really well with the orange as well.

Gingerbread is probably the quintessential holiday cookie, but these are pretty festive too, especially when you add some red and green food coloring. And they’re so much quicker to make than gingerbread, so they’re the perfect cookie to satisfy those holiday sugar cravings you’re sure to have.

Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies