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 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ½ cups butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ 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 the 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 lightly golden brown on the bottom. If you have hot spots in your oven, be sure to rotate your pan halfway through.
I have been using Wilton products since the 1980s 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.
Be sure to stop by Glorious Treats to see how she decorated the most lovely pastel Snowflake Spritz Cookies using the Wilton Holiday Cookie Press Disc Set.
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.
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these are positively darling. I do have a question though, after buying this press I can't seem to get the cookies to release without two clicks which distorts the cookies. How did you get this to release with one click? When I look at it after one click it isn't even close to hitting the cookie sheet. Thanks in advance for any help you can give.
Here are a few tips that help when using the cookie press.
Be sure to press the cookies out onto a non-stick baking pan.
Do not spray or grease the pan and do not line it with parchment paper.
Hold the press upright, set the base on the cookie sheet, and press, then release.
I have to say that while many of the cookies came out beautifully with one press not every cookie came out looking exactly as I would have liked. Some of the discs allow more dough to be released so they need more dough pressed through the opening. If one click isn't enough try to do one and a half. Like you mentioned two is usually too much. You can stop the handle half way through the cycle and if you are holding the press down on the cookie sheet, when you lift up, the cookie should release.
I hope this helps.
Spritz cookies are always cute and wonderful but these are ahead of the pack! As always you've delivered a totally coo-worthy creation. Thank you for being you!
Thank you so much for those kind words. I love the new Christmas discs and the cookies they make. 🙂
What is the oven temp for the spritz cookies?
Oh, so sorry I missed that in the recipe. Bake the cookies at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
You know I love to make cookies and now I want to make MORE cookies using the Wilton Holiday disc set, so fun and festive!
You'll love the new Christmas Spritz Cookie Disc Set. The designs are so much fun!
Karen @ Sugartown Sweets
I SO love these cookies and that you decorated them with melts!! I saw these over at Wilton and thought they were fabulous! They are all adorable, but that reindeer is melting my heart! Really awesome creations, Beth! 🙂
I know what you mean about the reindeer. Before we decorated it, I wasn't sure how I like it, but once it had the red nose it just looked so adorable. I'm so glad you like them!