As we are working on the Cookie Connoisseur Badge, I thought it would be fun to take a dive into one of our family’s favorite cookies: the Spritz Cookie. These almond flavored cookies are synonymous with Christmas to me! Turns out, they are a Christmas favorite for many others as well. Read on to learn more about Spritz Cookies and watch the video below to hear about our family tradition, see how to make Spritz Cookies yourself, and learn how we’ve managed to veganize this holiday classic.
According to What’s Cooking America, Spritz cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Scandinavia. They are called “spritz” cookies because the German word for squirt is “spritzen” and the cookie dough is pressed (or squirted) out of a cookie gun to make festive designs. In Germany, people use pastry bags with various nozzles to make these treats around the holidays. Spritz cookies can be dipped in chocolate, topped with jam, or simply festooned with sprinkles (my favorite way!).
Honestly, I did not even know these cookies were called Spritz Cookies until a few years ago since in my family they are simply referred to as Christmas Cookies! Over the years, we have developed a way to veganize these cookies. If you don’t have a cookie press, you can use a pastry bag with a wide nozzle. I found my vintage Wear-Ever Super Shooter on ebay, but they also sell manually operated ones on Amazon if you’re looking for a good arm/hand workout!
Vegan Almond Spritz Cookies Recipe
Recipe adapted from Vegan Fling
2 1/2 C all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 C sugar
1 C vegetable shortening
1/2 C plain vegan yogurt – this year I used Forager cashewmilk yogurt
1 1/4 tsp almond extract
Preheat your oven to 350 F
Cream together the sugar and vegetable shortening in an electric mixer. Add the yogurt, almond extract, and food coloring of your choice. Mix well. Sift in the flour and salt and mix until a dough forms. It should be the consistency of playdough.
Put your dough into a cookie press and form cookies onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Add sprinkles for extra festive joy.
Bake for 8-10 minutes. Watch carefully so they don’t brown too much!
Serve fresh or freeze them. My favorite way to eat them is straight out of the freezer.
Our Family Tradition
In the video below, you get to hear from our mom about Spritz Cookies as a holiday tradition that goes back generations. We also show you how to use the cookie gun to make Spritz Cookies.
Does your family make Spritz cookie? Do you have a different cookie making tradition during the holidays? We’d love to hear about it. Comment below, send us a message, or reach out on Facebook or Instagram! You can find the badge guide and worksheets to help you complete it here.