Spritz cookies were a new venture for my Holiday baking after meeting my husband. He had grow up with these delicate and beautiful creations. As his mother aged, she stopped most of her baking and gave me her old Mirro brand cookie press - it had been used A LOT - but still worked. The recipe she used was from the Mirro recipe book that came with the cookie press.
I enjoyed the recipe but wanted to try something new back in 2005. I went online searching for a different kind of Spritz cookie. I found a recipe on Allrecipes.com, but made some adjustments to make the recipe my own and suit my "spicy" tastes.
I was also lucky to find a new to me Mirro Cookie press at a yard sale (I LOVE yard sales!) a few years ago. It was in great condition, so that is what I am currently using - but I saved the old one, of course. It is sad to think that the Mirro company is no longer. They made such nice and sturdy products.
Just a note before you get to my recipe - You have to try and use Daisy Sour Cream! If you never have, trust me, one you do, you will NEVER go back to another brand. There is No comparison to the fresh taste and texture of Daisy. They are an excellent company with wonderful customer service.
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup white granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
1/3 cup Daisy Sour Cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream together butter and sugar. Beat in egg yolk, Daisy sour cream, and vanilla.
In a different bowl - mix flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and baking soda. Stir flour mixture into butter mixture.
Put the dough into a cooking press and press the cookies out onto ungreased baking sheets. Add colored sugars or edible glitter onto the cookies before baking.
Bake in preheated oven for 8 to 12 minutes, until golden colored. Cool 5 minutes on sheet before moving to wire rack to finished cooling.
The best part is smelling these cookies as they are baking. They smell like Christmas.....