I was provided with The Pampered Chef baking products to review. As always all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
I love this time of year- the traditions… the lights and decorations… the spirit of the season… the cookies. Not necessarily in the order. I love it even more now that I get to experience it with my kids and see this special time of year through their eyes.
Some of my favorite memories of Christmas time as a child were baking in the kitchen with my mom. She was always baking something- either for my dad to take with him to work or for our school parties. (Back when you could bring your own goodies, before all of the sugar regulations we have now!) My friends at school looked forward to her treats all year.
After my husband became a firefighter, my oldest daughter and I started a new tradition of baking cookies for the firefighters on shift in our neighborhood on Christmas Eve. We spend the day baking together and package them up to deliver on our way to church that evening. We make a new recipe every year, and I’ve already discovered the one we will make this year.
These Classic Spritz Cookies were SO easy to make using The Pampered Chef’s Cookie Press. I usually shy away from these types of cookies because I’ve always been disappointed with the cookie presses I’ve used in the past. This cookie press rotates instead of the typical ratchet style, and it has a much wider barrel that lets you see exactly how much dough is left. It comes with 9 metal disks with different designs for cookies, and 1 disk to rice potatoes. It was so easy to fill, change out disks, and even easier to clean.
- 1½ cups butter, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 3½ cups flour
- colored sugar or sprinkles (optional)
- gel food coloring (optional)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter at medium speed until creamy.
- Add egg and vanilla; beat well, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the flour and mix on low speed until just combined. (Dough will be soft, do not refrigerate!)
- Fit the cookie press with desired disk and fill with dough.
- Press dough onto cookie sheet lined with a silicon baking mat.
- Decorate cookies with sugar or sprinkles as desired.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until very lightly golden brown.
- Allow to cool for two minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Repeat with remaining dough.