These gingerbread spice spritz cookies were gone the first day we made them! A classic buttery, spritz cookie recipe with gingerbread flavor and spice. They’re totally addicting and once you taste 1, you’ll eat 15! Spritz cookies are great holiday cookies that are made with a classic spritz cookie press. You can also make beautiful colors for the cutest Christmas cookies!
While the most popular cookie is chocolate chip, spritz cookies are also an easy-to-make and delicious cookie option. These cookies are small, delicious, and delightfully easy to make. All you need to get started are some basic ingredients and a cookie press.
Check out a list of our favorite cookie recipes too!
What We Love About These Cookies
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We love that these cookies are not overwhelmingly sweet, more like a little biscuit cookie.
They’re fun to make and you can change the shape and make different colors.
The gingerbread spice flavor of these cookies is so good!
Read on to find out what spritz cookies are and to learn our tips for making them.
What Are Spritz Cookies?
A spritz cookie is a small, sweet, delicious cookie. Spritz cookie recipes generally have a basic ingredient list, including butter, sugar, flour, salt, and vanilla.
Since you probably already have these ingredients at home, these cookies are perfect for baking not only during the holiday season but anytime you want a sweet treat.
You might have noticed that this description of a spritz cookie recipe makes them sound like sugar cookies. The distinction is in how the cookies are shaped.
Spritz cookies are generally shaped using a spritz cookie press; sugar cookies are usually rolled out and then cut with cookie cutters.
How to Make Gingerbread Spritz Cookies
- Spritz Cookie Press – This is a must to make spritz cookies. Luckily, they’re easy to find and quick to ship. We used an OXO Cookie Press.
- Mixing Bowls
- Measuring Cups
- Food Coloring
- Cookie Sheet
- Parchment Paper or Silpat
Ingredients (full recipe in recipe card below)
Butter – Organic, unsalted butter.
Brown Sugar – Sweetens the cookies.
Eggs – Adds structure to the recipe.
Vanilla Extract – Enhances the flavors in the recipe.
Molasses – Adds a deep gingerbread flavor.
All-Purpose Flour – We use King Arthur Flour for our recipes.
Ground Ginger, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Cloves
Food Coloring (optional)
In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and molasses and continue to beat on high.
Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
With the mixer on low add in the flour, spices, and salt.
Beat for one minute.
If you’re making different colors, divide the dough and place it in different bowls.
Add a few drops of coloring to each bowl and stir with a spoon until combined.
Next, add the dough into the cookie press and follow the directions listed on the cookie press directions.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then press the cookies on the lined baking sheet 2″ apart.
Bake in a 375-degree oven for 6 minutes.
Let them cool and then devour!
Colorful Spritz Cookies
These cookies look so beautiful when they have a little color to them! Use food coloring or natural food coloring to create beautiful colors. We made red and green spritz cookies for Christmas. Here’s how:
- Divide the dough into small bowls.
- Add a few drops of food coloring to each bowl.
- Stir with a spoon until the dough is fully colored.
- Add the colorful dough into a cookie press.
How to Store Spritz Cookies
Spritz cookies can be stored in a container at room temperature for up to 5 days.
How to Freeze Spritz Cookies
Spritz cookies are perfect for freezing. You can freeze baked spritz cookies in a sealed freezer bag or container. They can freeze for up to 3 months.
When to Serve Spritz Cookies
Here are some ideas of when to serve spritz cookies!
Spritz Cookie Variations
There are several variations of sprits cookies! Here are some of our favorite ideas:
- Add a dusting of powdered sugar over the top.
- Ganrish the cookies with sprinkles.
- Use pumpkin pie spice instead of gingerbread spice and leave out the molasses for a pumpkin spice spritz cookie.
- Add different flavored extracts like lavender, almond or lemon for unique flavors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Secret to Making Spritz Cookies?
We have a few tips to keep in mind when you’re making spritz cookies.
First, you have to start with the best spritz cookie recipe you can find. The best cookie-making tools and amazing icing won’t be enough if you don’t start with a good cookie as the foundation.
Next, be careful not to bake your cookies for too long. Whereas other cookies turn slightly brown when they are done, you should take your spritz cookies out of the oven right before that point. Otherwise, they’ll be too hard to thoroughly enjoy.
Finally, wait until your cookies have cooled before glazing them. If your cookies are too hot when you put the glaze on, the glaze will become very thin and slide off the cookies. Allowing the cookies to cool first makes sure that you’ll have the proper glaze to cookie ratio at the end.
How Do I Get My Spritz Cookie Dough to Not Stick to the Cookie Press?
To keep the dough from sticking to the spritz cookie press, ensure that it is not too cold. Use very soft butter and a room-temperature egg to make the dough. Don’t put your dough in the refrigerator before putting it in the press.
Use a very cold cookie pan when pressing your cookies. This will also help the dough stick to the pan rather than to the cookie press. If necessary, you can refrigerate or freeze your pan prior to pressing the cookies.
Lastly, don’t panic! If the first few cookies don’t turn out the way you wanted, you can always reload the dough into the cookie press and try again. As with all things, practice makes perfect.
More Holiday Cookies You’ll Love
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Make the Spritz Cookie of Your Dreams
Now you know all about what a spritz cookie is and how to make spritz cookies. Take this knowledge, your spritz cookie recipe, and your spritz cookie press, and go make some amazing spritz cookies!
Gingerbread Spice Spritz Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp molasses
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp salt
- In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in the egg, vanilla extract, and molasses and continue to beat on high.
- Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl.
- With the mixer on low add in the flour, spices, and salt.
- Beat for one minute.
- If you’re making different colors, divide the dough and place it in different bowls.
- Add a few drops of coloring to each bowl and stir with a spoon until combined.
- Next, add the dough into the cookie press and follow the directions listed on the cookie press directions.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then press the cookies on the lined baking sheet 2″ apart.
- Bake in a 375-degree oven for 6 minutes.
- Let them cool and then devour!