Monday, December 16, 2013

Eggnog Spritz Cookies

Here's an old timey spritz cookie recipe that was originally from the 50's, specifically from the makers of the Mirro Cookie Press. If you read my post about Mom's Butter Cookies, you already know that my Mom used to use a really old cookie press to make her cookies. As I stumbled across this recipe, I realized that THIS was the kind of press she used! I guess you can't go wrong with the tried and true, right? If you've never tried spritz (or pressed) cookies, you really must. They're not as difficult as you might think, and they SCREAM Christmas. They're also SO delicious!
 You seriously need to make them!

1 cup butter or margarine
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
2 teaspoons rum flavoring
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder

Cream butter and sugar well. Beat in egg and rum flavoring.
Gradually blend in sifted dry ingredients.
Form cookies with a cookie press onto ungreased cookie sheets.*
Bake at 375ºF for 10-12 minutes.

Ok, I know these are eggnog cookies, and there is no eggnog in them. That isn't a typo. But seriously, they ABSOLUTELY taste like eggnog when you add the nutmeg and the rum flavoring. That's the key!! Have I ever lied to you before?? Just trust me on this!! And btw, I always go a little heavy on the rum flavoring. Just sayin'.
The other key to this recipe's success is to make sure you don't over bake them. I know it says 10-12 minutes, but I always do the minimum and take them out right at the 10 minute mark.
Also, they spread out a bit when they bake, so your more intricate press designs don't really go as well.
*If you don't have a cookie press, you can still make them by dropping rounded teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased sheet and baking as directed. They'll still be delish!

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