Make Christmas Spritz Cookies the easy way using a cookie press and design discs from Wilton. Then decorate your snowmen, candy canes, reindeer, holly leaves, snowflakes and more using Wilton Candy Melts.
This post is sponsored by Wilton.
Do you remember struggling to make spritz cookies using an old fashioned cookie press? I sure do. The first time I made the iconic Christmas cookies I spent hours trying to get the dough pressed out of the tube only to end up with a mess.
Wilton’s new Preferred Press Cookie Press is easy to use and allows you to bake batch after batch of beautiful cookies. It comes with 12 cookie discs including a Christmas tree, wreath, snowman, pumpkin, turkey, dots, doily, pinwheel, heart, starburst, sunburst and biscuit.
You can also now get a Wilton Holiday Cookie Press Disc Set so you can also make candy canes, reindeer, snowflakes, holly leaves, bows, and the word “joy.”
After just a bit of practice I was able to effortlessly make dozens of cute Christmas Spritz Cookies using the easy-squeeze, soft-grip lever. The hour-glass shaped barrel fit comfortably in my hand and the non-slip base grips the cookie sheet so I had total control as I pressed out my cookies.
I love all the designs and was so impressed with how they baked up. When you look at a design plate it’s hard to know just how the cookies will turn out, but as you press the dough out onto the pan the end result is revealed.
How the dough looks on the pan is exactly how it will look once baked.
Then the real fun begins. Why serve plain spritz cookies for the holidays when you can decorate them using Wilton Candy Melts to make them look extra special?
I had so much fun adding a festive touch to my spritz cookies. I melted red, green, light cocoa, and white Candy Melts in two Wilton Melting Pots to keep them warm as I worked. The pots come with a single silicone bowl insert but you can also buy the new dual insert for times when you want to melt more colors.
I dipped or drizzled Candy Melts onto each of my cookies then sprinkled crushed candy canes onto the candy cane and “joy” spritz cookies. I added blue Wilton Blue Cake Sparkles to the snowflakes and Holiday Nonpareils to the Christmas trees. I even used Wilton FoodWriter® Edible Color Markers to draw the design onto my snowmen spritz cookies.
Aren’t they festive?
Which cookie design do you like the best?
I wasn’t sure how the reindeer were going to turn out but once decorated with some Light Cocoa and Red Candy Melts, I thought they were so cute. I also love how the “Joy” cookies look dipped in White Candy Melts and dusted with some crushed candy canes.
Watch the video to see how I made and decorated some of the cookies pictured above then get yourself a cookie press and make your own holiday treats. Have fun experimenting with different ways of decorating the Christmas Spritz Cookies. Your whole family can join in on the fun.
Be sure to stop by Wilton.com to check out all the ways they decorate their spritz cookies. They have amazing recipes too and even include some savory versions for spritz crackers. I love that idea and can’t wait to try them out.
You can find all the items needed to make your own Christmas Spritz Cookies from amazon (commission earned for sales).
CHRISTMAS SPRITZ COOKIES
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups butter (softened)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract or peppermint extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Stir together the flour and baking powder.
- Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add egg, milk, vanilla, and almond or peppermint extract and beat until combined.
- Add the flour mixture and mix just until blended.
- Fill the cookie press with dough and press cookies out onto a cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes until the bottoms of the cookies turn light golden brown.
- Remove and allow to cool on a cooling rack.
- Decorate with candy melts, sprinkles, and crushed candy canes.
- Do NOT grease your cookie sheets and do not use parchment paper. I used Wilton’s non-stick cookie sheets and the cookies baked perfectly and came off the pan with ease.
- Do not chill your dough.
- I like to weigh out my flour for best results. One cup of flour equals 4.25 ounces so you’d need 14.875 ounces of flour for this recipe. If you don’t have a scale, spoon the flour into your measuring cups, then level it off using a knife or metal spatula.
- If you dip or drizzle your cookies with Candy Melts, pop them in the freezer for 2-3 minutes until the candy hardens. Your cookies will be bright and shiny if you do that. Air drying the Candy Melts can make them look dull and streaky.
- Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. They will look almost exactly as they did going in the oven on top but will be light golden brown on the bottom. If you have hot spots in your oven, be sure to rotate your pan half way through.
I have been using Wilton products since the 1980’s and am proud to promote their products. They did compensate me and send me free products in exchange for creating and sharing this post with you but all the opinions expressed here are my own.
Have fun making your Christmas Spritz Cookies. If you are looking for more festive Christmas ideas be sure to check out my Christmas recipe page. It’s filled with amazing desserts, dinners and appetizers for the holiday season.