Saturday, September 10, 2011

Spritz Cookies

Dainty and Delicious. 

I truly love spritz cookies.  They are slightly sweet, buttery, dainty, and perfect for any occasion.  Earlier this summer one of my friends had a bridal shower.  I of course volunteered to help out with the desserts and favors.  For the desserts I made three types of cupcakes : Sweet Peach Tea, Lemon, and Mint Julep.  All of which will be featured on Baked Perfection in the future.  For the favors I made these cute little vanilla spritz cookies.  If you have a cookie press, these little cookies are perfect when you need to make large batches of cookies.  You can fit about 24 on a cookie sheet and they bake very quickly.   My friend's wedding colors are blue and yellow so those were my decorations of choice.  I typically make them for Christmas, but for one reason or another did not make them last year.   I will definitely be making them again this year after this delicious reminder.

On a random note, did anybody notice the way the bubbles in the tea cup formed a heart shape?

Vanilla Spritz Cookies
adapted from Williams Sonoma Vanilla Spritz Cookies Recipe

2 sticks unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
assorted decorations

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, Add the egg, vanilla, and salt and beat until well mixed. Slowly beat in the flour until well blended.

Fill the cookie press with dough according to the instructions and fit with the desired shape disk. Press the dough out onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing the cookies 1 inch apart.

Bake until the cookies are lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool. Decorate as desired.  Makes 50-60 cookies depending on size.

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