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The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies – Day 4

November 18, 2009

cookieswapIn case you missed it, Julie, of Booking Mama, and I are hosting a virtual cookie swap.  We’ll post twelve cookie recipes (six each, since we’re alternating days) and we want you to share a recipe on November 27.    The recipe I’m featuring today is a Christmas tradition in our family.  When Vance was younger and eager to help, he loved to make these with me.  These cookies are fun because you can dye them different colors and decorate them with sprinkles.

Vance making spritz cookies

Basic Spritz Cookies

1 cup shortening (for flavor, I use half butter)

¾ cup sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

2¼ cup flour

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon baking powder

Cream shortening and sugar.  Beat in egg and vanilla.  Gradually blend in dry ingredients.  Fill cookie press and form cookies on ungreased cookie sheet.  If you wish to add sprinkles, do it before baking.  Bake at 375° for 10 to 12 minutes.

Julie shared her recipe for Sand Tarts yesterday.  Make sure to check out Day 5 on her blog tomorrow.

29 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 6:07 am

    I remember making these with my Mom and then later, with my own children. I think I like them more now than I did as a child but they were a lot of fun to make!

  2. November 18, 2009 6:59 am

    I love spritz cookies! The photo is just adorable!

  3. November 18, 2009 7:20 am

    Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try this ( I think mom would like to help ) 🙂 The pic is super cute

  4. November 18, 2009 7:23 am

    Oh – I have missed this wonderful post idea, but I will be sure to go back and read the previous 3 recipes! What a lovely idea

  5. November 18, 2009 8:23 am

    Very cute picture! I always felt jealous when I was young because our family didn’t have one of those spritz makers!

  6. November 18, 2009 9:01 am

    how lovely that you have a traditional family recipe that the children have enjoyed making over the years.

  7. November 18, 2009 9:29 am

    Thanks for the recipe Kathy…I am definitely going to try this one.

  8. November 18, 2009 10:05 am

    That is such a cute pic of Vance.

    Sounds like a great recipe although I don’t own a cookie press, I guess its time I went and bought one LOL

    Thanks Kathy

  9. November 18, 2009 10:10 am

    I love these cookies — I need to dig out my cookie press. Love the photo of Vance.

  10. November 18, 2009 10:14 am

    I don’t think I’ll ever had these. This is a recipe my kids and I will try.

  11. November 18, 2009 10:39 am

    Yummy. I love that cookies take so little time to bake.

  12. November 18, 2009 12:05 pm

    Vance is a cutie!

    I was looking forward to learning some new vocabulary words today! Instead, I get a cookie recipe. 🙂

  13. November 18, 2009 1:19 pm

    What a great vintage photo! I bet you had fun together making the cookies every year.

    I’ll bookmark your recipe; I have a cookie press in the pantry (not sure it’s ever been used!)

  14. November 18, 2009 2:21 pm

    I love making spritz cookies with my son. I don’t think I have a picture and will have to take one this Christmas! The cookie press is a fun tool for kids to use. Great picture of Vance!

  15. November 18, 2009 3:06 pm

    when my grandma moved in with my mom, I got her cookies press. I haven’t tried it yet, but this may be a good place to start.

  16. November 18, 2009 3:40 pm

    Sounds delicious…love that photo!

  17. November 18, 2009 4:15 pm

    Love, love, love the picture! He was such a darn cutie!

  18. November 18, 2009 5:21 pm

    Not a cookie gun! ack! They never worked well for me or I didn’t have the patience to use them. He looks like he was having fun though.

  19. November 18, 2009 5:26 pm

    These cookies look yummy! We make butter cookies each year with the cookie gun, but these would be a nice addition.

  20. November 18, 2009 8:56 pm

    Thanks for another interesting recipe!

  21. November 18, 2009 10:36 pm

    Such a sweet picture of little Vance! I’m really enjoying the cookie recipes, and I know exactly which one of mine I want to post on the 27th.

  22. stacybuckeye permalink
    November 19, 2009 12:16 am

    What a great photo! I love when you include the older pictures of Vance in your posts.

  23. November 19, 2009 9:01 am

    I am posting my favorite cookie recipe on the 27th! This is so fun and I have been watching the recipes you have been posting – YUM!

  24. November 19, 2009 2:23 pm

    This is my kind of recipe – quick and easy and not too many ingredients. And what an adorable photo!

  25. November 19, 2009 4:05 pm

    This is another recipe that looks easy and delicious. I am gathering these up for my baking week this holiday season, so thanks!

  26. November 20, 2009 2:18 pm

    I’ve been missing these cookie recipes…what could I have been doing all this time.

  27. November 21, 2009 12:16 am

    I love to make spritz cookies, even if they are time consuming. My grandma’s the one who first made them in my family so I always think of her when I make them.

  28. November 24, 2009 8:19 pm

    I love that you guys are doing this!!! I’m going to gain a lot of weight this holiday season and I plan on blaming it all on you and Julie!

  29. November 25, 2009 6:44 pm

    Well, yeah. Of course Vance loved helping — he’s a boy and these cookies require the use of a real TOOL! Actually, I know boys like to cook, too, but I do think my nephew would be especially enthusiastic to use the cookie press! And he can never get enough sprinkles.

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