German Spritz Cookies Recipe or Spritzgebäck as they are called in German are a traditional German butter cookie made at Christmas. These buttery cookies are made with ground almonds or hazel nuts and have a delicious nutty flavor. German Spritz Cookies can be made into many different shapes when you use a cookie press to form the cookie dough. You can also make these cookies into the traditional S-shape by pressing the buttery Christmas cookie dough through a large bag with a piping tip.
Add the egg and vanilla extract to the bowl and beat for 1 minute.
Add ½ the flour and half of the ground almonds to the bowl. Beat the flour and ground almonds in to the sugar and butter mixture.
Add the remaining flour and ground almonds and beat until the mixer can no longer handle the thick batter.
Switch to using a wooden spoon and mix until the batter is evenly combined.
Fill a cookie press with dough and press the cookies out onto an ungreased aluminum baking sheet.
Bake in a preheated 350 F. degrees. for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges of the cookies are slightly golden.
Remove cookies from the oven and cool cookies on a baking rack for 5 minutes. After five minutes using a thin metal spatula remove the cookies from the baking sheet and cool completely on a cooling rack.
One way to decorate these butter cookies is to press them out into a flower shape with a Spritz Cookie Press and push a half of a candied cherry down into the middle.
The second way is to melt chocolate chips and dip one end of the ribbon spritz cookie into the melted chocolate. You can then sprinkle the melted chocolate with chopped nuts or Christmas sprinkles for a festive look.