I think Spritz cookies are a Christmas staple. Little butter cookies with green and red sprinkles — how much more festive can you get? I vaguely remember helping out an adult either at home or a grandparent’s house once or twice, and they were always on the plates of cookies gifted from friends and neighbors. Last year I tried making some and they failed miserably. I used a tasty looking recipe, but the cookies wouldn’t come out of teh press correctly. I tried chilling the dough (even though the press said not to). I tried with my non-stick mat. I tried without the mat. I tried adding more flour (to make up for the warm and humid weather here). I tried another recipe from the pamphlet that came with the press. Nothing would come out of the press and stick to the baking sheet and end up looking like the cute little bursts in the photos.
This year I had a brainwave. I would make the cookies first thing in the morning before it got too hot. I would press them out onto parchment paper which is less slick than my teflon mats and the baking sheets themselves. I would use a recipe from the press manufacturer.
Ha! The first few cookies did stick, but pushing the lever on the press wouldn’t dispense the required dollop of dough. I messed around with it a while, but although it was making all the correct clicks and ratchety noises, and there’s just not that many choices, I couldn’t get it to work and I was determined not to let it stop me and my cookies. The cookie in the 11:00 position is manually forced out of the press.
So, I ditched the annoying cookie press that obviously hates me, and moved on to a pastry bag. I used teh largest tip, but didn’t have the fitting that secured it to the bag. I was able to make almost two dozen little cookies (in the 1:00 position) before the tip shot out the end of the bag. I used a plain, smaller tip with coupling in the next bag. I piped a few, which looked like dog poop (3:00 position) until I realized I could make little pretzel shapes (4:00 position). They still looked poopy, but I was on a roll and made at least two dozen before the side of the bag blew out. Two pastry bags down, I was done with this technique.
The last dozen cookies are just dropped from a spoon (6:00 position). The kids and I will make sugar cookies and close the book on the Spritz.