Spritz Cookies

Spritz (Sprut in Norwegian), Christmas Cookies are crisp and delicious.

Making tons of Christmas cookies (julekaker) is a Norwegian tradition.

Year after year mom began baking cookies in October so she would have all 13 kinds made by Christmas.

Sprut cookies were always on her list of goodies to make. Below you'll find her recipe.

Sprut Recipe

2 1/2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 unbeaten egg plus 1 yolk
3/4 teaspoon vanilla flavoring

Cream butter and sugar. Add egg and yolk, flavoring and flour and form a dough.

If you use a cookie press, follow the directions on how to assemble and use it for best results.

Fill the cookie press with dough - hold press upright then force out a small amount of dough onto baking sheets. Release handle and lift press.

For Christmas, I divide the dough into 3 parts. One part I tint with red and make rosettes. The second part I tint green for making Christmas wreaths and the third part I keep plain for contrast. Of course, these cookies are a wonderful treat any time of the year.

Use cold baking sheets. Warm baking sheets will melt the butter in the dough, causing them to pull away from the sheet when the press is lifted and they will loose their shape.

Bake in preheated oven at 400° F. for 6 to 8 minutes. Sprut will freeze well or keep them in an airtight, lined container after they are cooled. Enjoy!

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