Almond Spritz Press Cookies

These are my hubby's favorite Christmas cookies. His Great Aunt Gin used to make them for him every year and it just isn't Christmas without them. She always made green Christmas Trees and pink Wreaths because those were her two favorite colors. Since they use all shortening they are a very crisp cookie. The recipe is originally from the cookbook that came with the Mirro cookie press. NOTE: you must sift the flour first and then measure or you will add too much flour and the dough will be too stiff! (If you prefer a butter cookie, I recommend Wilton Butter Press Cookies) Show more

Ready In: 16 mins

Serves: 72

Ingredients

  • 1  cup shortening
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1  egg
  • 2 14 cups  sifted flour
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 14 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  almond extract
  •  food coloring
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Directions

  1. Cream shortening, adding sugar in gradually.
  2. Add unbeaten egg, sifted dry ingredients, flavoring and a few drops of food coloring. Mix well. (NOTE: you must sift the flour first and then measure or you will add too much flour and the dough will be too stiff!).
  3. Fill cookie press. Form cookies on ungreased cookie sheets using the tree plate. Decorate with tiny multi-colored sprinkles.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 6-8 minutes. Cool just slightly and remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. (If you wait too long, they will break when you try to move them.).
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