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Buttery Christmas Spritz Cookies

The holiday season is here, and you know what that means? It’s time to bring out those cookie trays, fire up the oven, and dive into the world of baking!

And when we talk about classic Christmas cookies, how can we forget the ever-favorite buttery Christmas spritz cookies?

These delightful bites have been warming our hearts and filling our homes with joy for a long time.

Classic Spritz Cookies

Shortbread cookies on a plate with red and green sprinkles. There are some sprinkles in a bowl next to the plate.

Spritz cookies are from the German word ‘spritzen.’ The spritz classic cookies are made by pressing the spritz cookie dough through a cookie press, creating a variety of different shapes.

From cute little Christmas trees to intricate stars, the various designs you can achieve with these are a ton of fun.

Spritz cookies in a white bowl on top of a wooden cutting board.

Gathering the Essentials: Basic Ingredients

  • Butter (softened)
  • Granulated sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Egg
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (Tip: sugar sprinkles give that perfect festive shine!)

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

Cookies on a white plate. The cookies have red and green sprinkles.

The Perfect Mix: Crafting the Dough

Warm up the oven to 375 degrees.

A little tip: An ungreased cookie sheet works wonders for this recipe.

Butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

Beat together the butter and sugar until creamy with an electric hand mixer or a stand mixer.

If you use a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment.

Make sure the butter is at room temperature; it makes all the difference.

Flour, butter, and sugar in a clear glass mixing bowl.

Add in the flour, egg, and vanilla extract, blending on medium speed until everything’s mixed in nicely.

If you’re feeling a tad experimental, switch up the vanilla with almond extract or even lemon extract for a zesty twist.

Cookie dough in a bowl. There is a spritz cookie maker sitting next to the bowl.

Now, here comes the fun part! Grab that spritz cookie press and get pressing. The different cookie designs you can create are only limited by your imagination.

And, if you’re in the mood for some festive flair, top those shapes with Christmas festive sprinkles. I got some colored sugar sprinkles to top these cookies, but you can use different types of sprinkles.

There are different cookie presses out there, so purchase the one that you would like. You can get different stencil disks with most of them.

Baked cookies on a wire cooling rack.

Top with the sprinkles and place them into the oven for about 5-8 minutes. You’ll want them firm but not too brown. Once done, let them cool on a wire rack.

Spritz cookies with red and green sprinkles sitting on the counter. There's a bowl of cookies right next to the ones on the counter.
  • Drizzle with melted chocolate, or even dunk half the cookie in for that extra bit of decadence.
  • Use gel food coloring to tint your spritz cookie dough in desired colors. Think red, green, and gold for that true Christmas spirit.
  • Want a different cookie flavor? Peppermint extract or rum extract could be great additions. You can even add a little lemon zest for a pop of flavor.
  • And if you’re more of a sugar cookie person, no worries! Simply use sugar cookie dough in the cookie press for a different take on the classic spritz.
Spritz cookies in a white bowl on top of a wooden cutting board.

Storing and Sharing

Once cooled, store your delicious cookies in an airtight container, cover them with plastic wrap, or keep them in a classic cookie tin to keep them fresh.

They make the perfect cookies to add to your Christmas cookie tray or as a gift to friends and family.

Spritz cookies, especially during the Christmas season, are more than just treats; they’re memories.

12 Days of Christmas Cookies

Spritz cookies on top of a wooden cutting board.

Whether it’s the vanilla flavor that takes you back to your grandma’s kitchen or the buttery cookies reminding you of holiday cookie recipes passed down for generations, there’s no denying that these are some of the best spritz cookies out there.

In the end, it’s all about the love and warmth these cookies bring. They’re a testament to Christmas traditions, reminding us of the time of year when everything feels magical.

So, as you whip up a batch of these festive cookies, remember to enjoy the process, have fun with the shapes, and, most importantly, share them with your loved ones.

Shortbread cookies on a plate with red and green sprinkles. There are some sprinkles in a bowl next to the plate.

Buttery Christmas Spritz Cookies

Yield: 60
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 48 minutes

Dive into the holiday season with classic buttery spritz cookies! From German origins to festive shapes, they're the perfect Christmas cookie treat.


  • 1 cup softened butter, salted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles (I used red and green sugar sprinkles)


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and get a baking sheet ready (do not use non-stick).
  2. Using a stand or hand mixer, combine butter and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Add flour, egg, and vanilla, mixing until thoroughly combined. 
  4. Using a rubber spatula, scrape the bowl to gather the dough. 
  5. Assemble the cookie press according to package instructions.
  6. Place the dough in the cookie press, filling completely. 
  7. Press the dough out into shapes.
  8. Top with sprinkles and bake for 5-8 minutes or until firm but not brown.
  9. Cool on a wire rack. 


  • The dough is very buttery, so you will want to use a spoon or spatula to fill the cookie press. 
  • You will want the dough to be warm so it will stick to the cookie sheet.
  • Make sure to use a non-greased baking sheet. DO NOT use a Silpat or parchment paper, or the cookies will not stick.
  • If the dough doesn’t want to stick to the baking sheet, place both the baking sheet and the dough in the fridge to cool for 15-20 minutes. 
  • The recipe will make 60 to 75 cookies, depending on the size of your cookie shapes.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 52Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

Nutrition is approximate.

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