Vanilla Spritz Cookies

These are the classic pressed cookies.  Make them in dozens of pretty shapes.  Sprinkle them with decorations.  Have a ball with your kids and grandkids.


3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 tablespoons milk or cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour and baking powder together to disperse the baking powder.  Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together.  Add the egg, milk or cream, the vanilla extract, and almond extract.  Continue beating until well-combined.
  3. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture in three parts, beating after each.  Load the dough into a cookie press and press cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet leaving at least 1/2 inch between cookies.  Decorate with candies or sprinkles.
  4. Bake for six to eight minutes or until the cookies are lightly browned around the edges.  Remove the cookies from the pan to cool on wire racks.
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