Christmas Cookies: Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

by Wendy Copley on December 2, 2009

Spritz Cookies

I broke out the cookie press this weekend and made my first batch of Christmas cookies. This recipe for cream cheese spritz cookies has been in my family for years and years. We’ve been making them since…oh, let’s see…2006! OK, so it’s a new family favorite, not an old family favorite but these little guys are tasty.

You don’t have to do too much to make me want to eat a cookie but, truth be told, I was never all that hot on spritz cookies until this recipe came along. They’re so pretty and I always wanted to like them, but most of the ones I tried seemed a little bland. When my brother-in-law gave me a cookie press for Christmas a few years ago, I felt like I needed to try a few recipes so I could get some use out of it. This was the first recipe I tried and I’ve never even bothered to look for any others.

The original recipe, called Butter Snow Flake Cookies is from the All Recipes site. I’ve modified it a bit by doubling the cinnamon, dropping the orange zest and substituting almond extract for half the vanilla extract.

Enjoy!


Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Sift together the flour, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
  2. 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 almond extracts. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Fill a cookie press or pastry bag with dough, and form cookies on an ungreased cookie sheet. Sprinkle the cookies
  3. Bake for 8-9 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.

You might also like to check out my recipe for Caramel Graham Cracker Cookies.

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  • http://paperchainsandmelodrama.blogspot.com/ Melibee

    Those cookies are so cute!
    My dad gave me a Wilton cookie press when I was in high school and I had nothing but trouble with it. It was battery-powered which was the problem. It didn't have the umph it needed to get the dough through the discs. I think I'll have to check out getting a manual one. The shapes you get with a cookie press are just too fun to resist. :)

  • http://craftykitty-thecraftycat.blogspot.com/ Jessica

    Perfect! I just bought a cookie press and I have a cookie exchange coming up for the play group we joined! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  • Kristin

    I've had my eye on a cookie press. Is it easy to use? I would love to have one….maybe I'll splurge and go buy one at Michael's and try your recipe with it…any tips?

  • Heather

    Every year I use the same Spritz recipe, so I decided to spice it up and try this recipe with the cinnamon– very tasty! Mine took at least 15-20 minutes to cook though.

    Thanks!

  • Amanda

    I haven't made spritz cookies for years because they were too difficult with my grandmother's manual cookie press from the 60's. On a whim I got the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II. I love it! It has a ratchet system that makes even and predictable cookies. I can't wait to try this recipe. I agree that many spritz cookies lack flavor.

  • Amanda

    I haven't made spritz cookies for years because they were too difficult with my grandmother's manual cookie press from the 60's. On a whim I got the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II. I love it! It has a ratchet system that makes even and predictable cookies. I can't wait to try this recipe. I agree that many spritz cookies lack flavor.

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  • http://www.erinerickson.com Erin

    I LOVE cinnamon – never thought to use it in spritz cookies though. I will have to try it, although I will use only vanilla. Everyone I know uses almond and I thought I simply didn’t like spritz cookies, which isn’t true – I just don’t like almond! I only break out the cookie press once a year so I will definitely try these!

  • Pam

    Spritz cookies are always so pretty. I love baking them and they always add to a cookie platter. But I mainly wanted to say that your picture is just lovely. Well done you!

  • Rogjan4fmi

    I just was reminded, from a Christmas show, of the cookie press cookies I helped my Mother to make. She added green coloring to the trees and wreaths and red cinnamon candies, for balls on the wreath and colored sprinkles, as lights on the trees.. I went searching and found yours. The name Spritz and almond flavoring rang my memory bells. I have to purchase a press, Mom’s got lost over the years or maybe it broke. Thanks!

  • Brie

    I made these today, with very slight adjustments. First, I used 4oz of cream cheese (half a block). I didn’t have any almond extract, so I intended to just use vanilla in its entirety, but then I completely forgot the vanilla. And not that this does anything to change the flavor or consistency, but just for the record, I added one drop of red food coloring to the whole batch, to give them just a slight pink hue. They were very very good cookies. I’m not a huge fan of cookies, or sweets in general. I thought the flavor of these was great – rich, and not too sweet.

  • Brie

    Oh, I completely forgot to add – I chilled the dough in the fridge for about an hour before loading the cookie press. I had no problems at all with stickiness. They came out of the press perfectly. I would definitely recommend chilling first.

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    Decoration is very impressive!! Thanks for the recipe but i am not interested in cooking but my mom will made it easily i will give this recipe to mom mom. Then have it. Yum yum

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