A Childhood Memory Rediscovered – Spritz Sugar Cookies
It wouldn’t be halloween week without a pumpkin shaped treat. These spritz pumpkin sugar cookies are a great fall party favor considering the recipe will yield almost 40 cookies. When eating a spritz cookie I can’t help but remember all of my visits to my Great Aunt Margret’s home as a child. She lived to be 103 years old and had great pride in the home she lived in for the majority of her life. Every visit always involved her offering me cookies from a blue cookie tin with white paper liners inside. I can still remember her little kitchen table I would sit at and ruffle through the paper liners to find the perfect cookie. It’s funny how food can remind you of a time forgot.
These sugar cookies are a great foundation to any shape spritz cookie. They are a classic and a great first cookie to make with your cookie press.
Recipe Source: Serious Eats
Prep Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 3 hours
- 8 Ounces - Butter, unsalted and softened (2 Sticks)
- 1 Cup - Granulated Sugar
- Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla bean
- 1 Teaspoon - Salt
- 1 Egg
- 2 1/4 Cups - All-Purpose Flour
- Sanding Sugar
- Heat oven to 375 degrees
- In a stand mixer, with a paddle attachment, cream butter, sugar, vanilla bean seeds and salt on high speed for about 7 minutes total
- Add the egg and beat again for 5-7 minutes until light and fluffy
- Add the flour and mix on a low speed just until it's incorporated. (15 seconds) Finish mixing the flour in by hand
- Add the dough into the tube of the cookie press. Press cookies out onto a COLD unlined baking sheet. Work quickly
- Add sugar decorations and bake 5-7 minutes for small cookies and 7-9 minutes for larger ones. You are looking for a golden-blond color
- Allow to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes until you transfer onto cooling rack
Nicole is a professional photographer, mother to an energetic child, and founder of Make and Taste. She has been a Commercial, Editorial and Lifestyle photographer for 10 years and has been published in various magazines and brand websites. Nicole is passionate about providing her child with meaningful experiences and documenting all of the fun along the way. You can always find her baking with her 6 year old and enjoying a good cup of coffee.