Monday, November 11, 2013
Spritz Cookies/Swedish Butter Cookies
OXO's Cookie Press. It's been many years since I've made Spritz Cookies. Partly, it's because my 30-year old metal cookie press became separated from some of it's parts. I bought another one, made of clear plastic. I forget the brand, but it broke the first time I used it. Plus, the cookies were okay. But I didn't find them to be anything special.
So, I caved and I bought the cookie press. The cookie press comes with recipes, but I found an America's Test Kitchen recipethat I wanted to try, first. A basic spritz cookie recipe is very simple-- butter, sugar, egg, salt, vanilla and flour. America's Test Kitchen recipes usually have some sort of "twist", and so far, any recipe I've made of theirs turns out great. This recipe was no exception.
You don't have to buy a cookie press to make Spritz cookies! You can use a piping bag with a star tip. I will say, though, that cookie presses are easy, fast and a bit of fun to use.
Two sticks of softened butter, a pinch of salt and sugar are beaten until fluffy. Then the egg/heavy cream mixture is added and mixed until blended.
Whatever you do, do not set the cookie dough on parchment paper, nor should you grease the baking sheet. You'll get frustrated. Trust me, the cookies won't stick. I promise.
I also made an almond version of cookie dough, by adding 1/2 teaspoon pure almond extract and 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. I decided to add some coarse sugar on top, for texture and I use the "Daisy" disk for this version.
One more thing-- don't press cookies onto a warm cookie sheet! Let the baking sheet cool completely. I was able to put them into the freezer to speed up the process, as I have three cookie sheets and wanted to move things along.
TASTING NOTES: These cookies are anything but ho-hum. The vanilla version was buttery and crispy, with a really tender crumb. My son's eyes lit up when he tasted them. He said they were just like eating potato chips-- you can't eat just one! I'm a big fan of almond flavored sweets, so I favor the almond version. I have plans for other flavors-- like chocolate, and adding lemon zest for a citrus variation. I've got a few other ideas, I'll keep under wraps for now.
My next recipe, using this Cookie Press will be some savory cheesy crackers (er, "biscuits). You will be the first to know how they turned out!
NOTE: OXO did a great job with developing this cookie press I like the press down lever (as opposed to my former "twist" handle). I also like that this is dishwasher friendly. OXO did not choose me to receive this cookie press for free (I wish). I'm not being paid to promote this product. My opinions are truly my own!
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Posted by Debby Foodiewife