Pressed butter cookies & classic spritz cookie recipes

Holiday butter cookies and classic spritz cookie recipes

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Go a little retro this year! Make delicious holiday butter cookies and lots of different pressed Christmas cookie designs — including old-fashioned spritz — from these easy vintage recipes.

Decorate your holidays with real butter cookies (1972)

Make your own special holiday cookies with that rich flavor only real butter can give them. Butter cookies are family favorites, and they make great gifts.

Holiday Butter Cookies (1972)

Holiday Butter Cookies old-fashioned recipe card

Holiday Butter Cookies recipe card (1972)

Holiday butter cookies and classic spritz cookie recipes

Holiday butter cookies (1972)

Yield: About 4 dozen cookies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour


  1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter; gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Beat in egg and almond extract. Gradually blend in flour.
  3. Divide dough as desired, and add food coloring.
  4. Fill Mirro cookie press. Using desired plate or tip, form into various shapes on baking sheets. Decorate with colored sugar and candies.
  5. Bake in preheated 350F oven, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool.


Note: Do not chill dough. Use at room temperature. If dough becomes too soft, and 1 or 2 tablespoons flour.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 48 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 32mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g

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All made from one easy butter cookie recipe – “Spritz”. Bake ’em now with real butter! They’ll keep fresh for your festive occasions.

Spritz cookies

Vintage spritz cookies recipe (press cookies)

From the Ft Lauderdale News (Florida) – December 7, 1961

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 unbeaten egg
3/4 teaspoon almond extract (or lemon, or rum flavoring)
2-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream butter, gradually adding sugar and creaming well. Blend in unbeaten egg and almond extract. Gradually add dry ingredients, sifted together. Mix thoroughly.

Press a small amount of dough through a cookie press onto ungreased baking sheet, using any plate to make desired shape. Bake in 400 degree oven 6 to 8 minutes.

Makes 6 dozen cookies

A sweet collection of cute & very colorful classic Christmas cookies

Spritz holiday butter cookies made with a press (2)

German spritz cookies recipe

From the News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio) – December 20, 1961

1-1/3 cups butter (no substitute)
4 to 6 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Cream butter, and add vanilla during creaming. Add sugar gradually, creaming after each addition. Add unbeaten egg and stir well.

Sift flour, add salt and sift into above mixture. Mix well. Add coloring if desired. Put dough through cookie press. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

Vintage colorful Butter spritz Christmas cookies recipe from 1985

Aggspritz recipe (spritz cookies)

From the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (Hawaii) – September 27, 1961

Rich, but delicately delicious!

1/2 pound butter
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cream
2 cups flour (or more)
3 egg yolks
1 teaspoon almond extract, or 4 bitter almonds. grated

Cream butter and sugar till light. Add cream, egg yolks and flavoring. Work in flour to make soft dough. Put dough through cookie press and form into rings or the letter “S”.

Bake on cookie sheet at 300 degrees F about 10 minutes, or until edges are lightly browned.

Old-fashioned spritz: Pressed butter cookies

From the Poughkeepsie Journal (New York) – December 20, 1961

1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
10 almonds, chopped fine
1/4 almond extract
1-1/2 cups sifted flour
Food coloring

Cream the butter and add the sugar. Mix well. Blend in the egg yolks, the almonds and the almond flavoring. Add the flour and mix.

Put through a cookie press and bake on an ungreased baking sheet for 6-8 minutes in a 400 degree oven. Decorate either before or after baking. The dough may also be colored red, green, etc. before it is put through the cookie press.

Spritz holiday butter cookies made with a press (1)

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