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Quick, Easy Christmas Cookies
Spritz cookies are great for Christmas. They are really easy to make and taste delicious. The quickest way to make the desired shapes is to use a piping bag fitted with a 1-centimeter-diameter open star tip. Other designs can also be used to create rosettes, stars, and even Christmas trees.
These spritz cookies also make great gifts for family and friends; after all, Christmas is a time for sharing and indulging. Wrap them in clear cellophane paper and decorate with ribbons. They will look fantastic.
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Here is how to make delicious Christmas spritz cookies.
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2 egg yolks
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla essence
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 3 tablespoons milk
- Glacé cherries, halved
- Sugar sprinkles (optional)
- Cream the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy and well-blended. Then, add and beat in egg yolks, salt and vanilla essence. Sift flour into the butter mixture. Stir the flour into the mixture until well-blended. Stir in 3 tablespoons milk and mix well until a soft dough is formed.
- Prepare two baking trays and line them with baking paper. Fill a piping bag with dough and squeeze out the cookies onto the tray. Make the cookies into 3-cm rosettes or star shapes. Space out the cookies at least 2 cm apart. If the shapes do not come out quite right, put them back in the piping bag and form the shapes again. It is that easy to make them all perfectly shaped.
- Decorate cookies with glacé cherries or sugar sprinkles.
- Preheat oven to 180°C and bake one tray at a time for 10 minutes or until the cookies are slightly golden around the edges. Transfer the cookies to wire racks and let them cool.
- Store the cookies in airtight jars. They can be stored for up to 10 days in the jars and up to one month in the refrigerator.