Making the dough was a piece of cake, or should I say piece of cookie, ha ha. Using the Cooky Press was another story. I ended up making about 6 dozen cookies, but the few you see on the Santa plate below are the only ones that actually looked like what they were intended to look like! I didn't realize a Cooky Press required experience of how much dough to release from the press and push onto the cookie sheet while at the same time incorporating an artistic twist of the wrist to produce recognizable and/or attractive cookies! (This was a huge learning curve for me, but I can't wait to make them again!)
Despite my less than artistic accomplishment with my Spritz cookies, the end result far exceeded my expectations...they have the most delightful buttery taste and have just enough of a crispy crunch on the outside and are delicately firm (but not hard) on the inside. Typically the cookies are decorated with colored sugar, or frosting, or chocolate, or candies, but since this was my first time, I chose to focus on being able to produce the properly shaped cookies with the Cooky Press. The cookies are so good by themselves anyway! If you make any Christmas cookies, I highly recommend trying these, you will be very happy you did!
I made Classic Spritz Cookies from Wilton.com (click on the link to see the full recipe). The only thing I did differently was to add 2 pinches of salt (when researching which recipe I wanted to use, I noticed several added a little salt). I also used 1/2 heavy cream and 1/2 2% mild to make the 2 tbsp of milk; I know when baking, the fat is important and using 2% milk is not recommended, so I created my own whole milk though it was actually probably a little richer than whole milk.
The dough is easy to make and I won't take you through all the steps, click on the link above and follow the directions. But please indulge me in sharing my Cooky Press use learning curve...
Put some dough into the canister...
Trust me when I tell you that you really want to try making these cookies. They are some of the best cookies we've ever had...Johny was thrilled to see so many in the cookie bag!
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