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Cherry Spritz Cookies

01/05/2012

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Spritz cookies are just the best. They are the same butter cookie that I decorate with icing, but take way less time to make. Mix the dough, pop it in the cookie gun and press away. All that is left to do is the cherry topper.  Easy,peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

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Once the dough cleans the side of the bowl, it is ready to go. You don’t want it too hard or it won’t go through the cookie gun. For these cookies, I used the five petal flower looking cookie. There are a ton of cookie plates that you could use—pick one that you like the best! I filled the pan with cookies—they don’t spread too much, so you can put them pretty close together.

 

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Before they go in the oven, put a piece of cherry in the middle of each cookie. I use the candied cherries—you see them at the holidays, but can probably find them on the baking aisle. You won’t need many cherries since each one is cut up into eight pieces. I keep the cherries in the freezer until I need them again next year.

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These are great cookies. They bake up quick and are a perfect filler in a cookie tray. I love the chewy little cherry bite in the middle. I have always made them at Christmas time because that is what my mama did. They are really too good to just have once a year. You can totally make these any day of the week—to give away or just for you! Enjoy!!

 

Cherry Spritz Cookies

4 sticks of butter

1 1/3 cups of sugar (it’s ok to heap them a little)

4-5 cups of flour (start with 4 and then add as needed)

Candied Cherries

 

Preheat oven to 350°

Whip butter and sugar with the paddle attachment until white and fluffy. Add flour gradually until you have the right mix. You don’t want them to be sticky, or too crumbly because of too much flour.

Put the dough into the cookie gun a little at t time and press the cookies onto the cookie sheet. Chop each cherry into 6-8 pieces. Top each cookie with a piece of cut up cherry. Bake for about 9-10 minutes at 350. Remove them from the sheet and let cool on the counter before packing up or just eating them in the kitchen!

 

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Meg

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