Vanilla Bean Spritz Cookies Recipe (2024)



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I’m 59 years old and been making spritz cookies since I was about 5 years old (with my mother in the early years). Needless to say, I’ve tried many different cookie presses. The one I use now from OXO is probably the best I’ve ever used. I highly recommend it.


I'm 83 years old, and my Mirro "Cooky-Pastry" Press is not much younger. All parts are pure copper and aluminum. It lives in its original box, along with a 22-page book of directions and recipes, 12 cookie plates, and 3 design tips. It is made in the U.S.A. and guaranteed by Good Housekeeping. It makes everything beautifully--from snowflake spritzes to cream puffs, and I love it. You might be able to find a vintage Mirro on ebay, but if not, modern designs probably do a good job.


Wondering if I could chill half the dough to be used a few days later ... ?? As far as cookie press, go with the OXO Good Grips 14 piece Press Set - about $21.00


Can anyone recommend a good cookie press?


Made these with regular (not cultured) butter and vanilla extract, with cardamom. They were light, tender, and delicious. In my oven, with the portion of dough that came out of my OXO press, they only needed 8 minutes.I'll definitely make these again!


If you don’t use European-style cultured butter, you must grease the baking sheets or else the cookies will stick to the sheets and break when you try to remove them. Regular American butter contains more water and less fat than European butter.


I just ordered this one from Amazon:'ll report back. I've never used one of these before. Looks like Williams Sonoma and Sur La Table have some too.


Sandwich cookies with jam, dulce de leche


Can someone link the video of Melissa demonstrating the spritz cookies?


You can see Melissa's demo of these cookies here: I'd never used a cookie press like this on my own before (just with my mom, years ago) and found it helpful!


Watch them closely. Mine cooked faster than the time indicated.


You can get the Oxo Cookie Press at Bed Bath & Beyond. Just picked one up an hour ago.


Yes, and if you put the sheet in the freezer first success is guaranteed!


Dough is too soft to roll but you can make them into balls


Use cardamom and cinnamon. Top with pecan half and finishing salt

Ariah M

I wonder if you could press all these out, freeze, then bake when it comes time? Do you think they’d hold their shape and bake well after time in the freezer?


These are perfect little mouthfuls of buttery holiday yumminess!


I made a few batches of these and learned some things long the way. My favorite version used all white sugar instead of a mix of white and brown. I also used vanilla extract and lemon zest as the additions and for the winning batch, used a lemon glaze on top (from the lemon Bundt cake recipe here on NYT). The lemon glaze took it from a nice cookie to one we couldn’t stop eating.


Do you have to use a cookie press? Seems like you could lightly chill the dough then roll out and use regular cookie cutters.


9 mins is perfect on WS goldtouch cookie sheet.


The flavor of this cookie is terrific. It also has some crunch and then melts in your mouth. I'm ditching my other spritz recipes. Alas, I wonder if my dough was too soft. My cookies held the overall shape, but lacked definition. But I will gladly trade that for great flavor and texture.


12/8 75g white sugar

Brooklyn Bread Baker

These are fabulous cookies! I made the vanilla and almond version with European butter. The butter is the predominant flavor.First a slight crunch then they melt in your mouth.Definitely chill the baking sheets before using. This will help the shapes stay in place.Mine took about 12 minutes to bake. I think it depends upon the size made. Watch closely at the end, they go over pretty quickly.


How many does this recipe make?

Brooklyn Bread Baker

It depends upon the size of the cookies. Mine were 1 1/2- 2" cookies and I got about 5 1/2 dozen.


Dont let butter get too soft and wont need extra flourbaked Longwood 350 5 minutes each side

Mary Ann

I've been making these cookies for decades but I never used vanilla bean paste before. I thought it gave a deeper vanilla flavor to this simple and delicious cookie. I bought the OXO press and like the others who commented, what a difference in the ease it took to press these out on the cookie sheet. Pull the lever once and they come out perfect. The recipe and the press are winners.

Mary Ann

I bought the Nielson Massey. It's yummy.


I tried the plain vanilla spritz cookies for lasts year's holiday cookie box, but this year went with lemon vanilla. Much tastier with the lemon!


Can anyone recommend a good brand of vanilla paste? I bought one, it tastes a bit like chemicals. Thanks!

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Vanilla Bean Spritz Cookies Recipe (2024)


What is the difference between a spritz cookie and a butter cookie? ›

What is the difference between spritz and butter cookies? These cookies are nearly identical, except for one ingredient: egg. Egg makes the Spritz cookie dough a bit easier to work with, but it also helps the cookies keep their shape when baked.

Why won t my spritz cookies come out? ›

If the dough is sticking to the bottom of the press instead of adhering to the pan, it might be too soft. Place it in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 minutes and try again. Butter is highly recommended when making Spritz cookie dough.

How do you get spritz cookies to work? ›

Tips To Make the Best Spritz Cookies
  1. Cream Butter and Sugar. Be sure you cream butter and sugar might take longer than you think! ...
  2. Add Your Egg. Add your egg ONLY after butter and sugar is fully creamed together.
  3. Avoid Overworking. ...
  4. Press! ...
  5. Skip the Grease. ...
  6. Decorate. ...
  7. Bake.

Why do my spritz cookies taste like flour? ›

Improper flour measurement is the #1 cause of your cookie dough being too dry or the cookies tasting like flour.

Why are my spritz cookies tough? ›

Simply adding the flour to the stand mixer and beating it in runs the risk of overdeveloping gluten and giving you a tough or dense cookie (not what you want after all that work with the creaming). Instead, the best method is to add the flour and mix it in by hand, stopping as soon as no dry flour remains.

Why is it called a spritz cookie? ›

The name spritz comes from the German word spritzen, meaning "to squirt" because the soft dough is squirted or pushed through a cookie press to make fancy designs. Butter is responsible for the tender, rich texture and flavor of these incredible cookies.

What is the trick to using a cookie press? ›

If it's too cold, it'll be hard to squeeze out of the pres. If it's too warm, it'll be too soft, and it won't hold its shape when baked. Holding your hand on the tube will warm the dough, so try to use just one hand on the trigger – place your other hand on the cookie sheet to keep it from moving.

Should spritz cookies be baked on parchment paper? ›

Don't use parchment paper or non-stick cookie sheets for spritz cookies. This dough needs something it can stick to a little in order to come off the press. The cookies have so much butter in them, I've never had a problem with them sticking to a regular cookie sheet when they bake.

How do you keep spritz cookies from spreading? ›

Helpful Hints and Tips for Perfect Spritz Cookies:

Do not chill the dough before using. The dough should be at room temperature so it can be piped through the press. If your cookies start to spread or your kitchen is warm, try chilling the pans in the refrigerator for a few minutes before piping the cookies on the pan.

What do I do if my Spritz cookie dough is too dry? ›

There are a few things you can do to add liquid to your cookie dough if it is too dry and crumbly. One option is to add milk, water, or another liquid until the dough is the right consistency. You can also try adding melted butter or shortening. If your dough is still too dry, you may need to add more flour.

How long are homemade spritz cookies good for? ›

Properly stored, spritz cookies can last for up to 2 weeks at room temperature. Make sure the cookies are completely cooled to room temperature before storing them. Warm cookies can create condensation in the container, making them soggy. Store the cookies in an airtight container.

Why is my Spritz cookie dough crumbly? ›

Flour. Make sure you measure your flour properly; adding too much flour (the most common mistake when measuring) can make your dough too dry and crumbly to use.

What happens if you don't add flour to cookies? ›

As a bonus, I did a little research to find out just what role each ingredient plays in chocolate chip cookies, so you can adjust your recipe however you feel like experimenting. Flour adds fluff and texture to the cookies. Adding too little flour can cause cookies to be flat, greasy, and crispy.

Why are my spritz cookies spreading? ›

Warm Cookie Sheets

If you're batch baking your cookies, make sure you're placing cookie dough on cooled cookie sheets. If the cookie sheets are too warm, they can cause the cookies to spread.

What happens if you add too much flour to cookies? ›

However, it's important to note that adding too much flour will make your cookies dry and crumbly. So, it's best to start with a small amount of extra flour and add more as needed.

What are the 4 cookie types? ›

Here are the 4 main types of cookies:
  • Session cookies. These are temporary web cookies that are only present as long as your web browser stays open or your session is active. ...
  • Persistent cookies. ...
  • Third-party cookies. ...
  • First-party cookies. ...
  • User experience. ...
  • Advertising and marketing. ...
  • Analytics and web optimization.
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What are the butter cookies called? ›

Butter cookies

They are especially popular around Christmastime and come in a variety of festive shapes, such as stars, trees, and reindeer. These cookies, often called Danish biscuits, originated in Denmark.

What is the difference between a spritz cookie and a shortbread cookie? ›

Spritz cookies have one additional ingredient that shortbread cookies are missing: egg. Adding egg yolk to the dough makes it a bit easier to work with and helps the the cookies hold their cute shapes.

What is the difference between sugar cookies and spritz cookies? ›

Mainly texture. Sugar cookie dough is firm enough to be rolled out and cut. Spritz dough has to be soft enough to extrude through a press.


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