January 16, 2014

Spritz Cookies

I have a cookie press, but have only used it a few times. This Christmas I thought it would be fun to decorate cookies with my toddler. She did think it was fun, but all she could really do was sprinkle on the coconut. I kept the cookies mostly out of her reach except for the one we were decorating, but she still managed to snatch two and put them in her mouth before I could stop her.

Spritz Cookies
adapted from Wilton

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
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

In bowl, combine flour and baking powder. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract; mix well. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat until combined. Do not chill. Fill cookie press with dough and with desired disks, press cookies onto ungreased cookie sheet.

Bake 10-12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet on cooling rack. Remove from sheet; cool completely.

1 egg white
3 c powdered sugar
2-3 Tbsp water, if needed

Whisk egg white till frothy. Add powdered sugar and water (if needed) till thick and smooth. Add coloring as desired. Use shortly after making as the frosting will harden in 1 to 2 hours.

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