Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Swedish Spritz Cookies

In keeping with the pink theme I started yesterday, I thought I would share with you a sweet treat that is a favorite in my home. My mom gave me this recipe years ago, as it was always a favorite of mine growing up. It began as a traditional Christmas cookie that we would bake around the holidays, but these days my own daughter loves them as much as I do and she whips them up on a regular basis. I love that my kids are handy in the kitchen, even my boys picked up this trait. I always tell them that they will make some girl very happy one day if they continue to enjoy cooking.
Anyhow, back to the spritz cookies, typically we use a touch of red food coloring for a subtle pink swirl effect, but on occasion my daughter likes to mix it up a bit. She has used green food coloring for St. Patrick's Day and just for something different has even tinted them an interesting shade of blue. I personally think the pink are the most appealing....but they all taste the same in the end. It's that heavenly mix of almond extract and vanilla that makes these so scrumptious. Enjoy!

Swedish Spritz Cookies

INGREDIENTS

1 cup crisco
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of salt
red food coloring

DIRECTIONS

Cream together the crisco and sugar. Add the egg and the extracts and beat well. Add the sifted dry ingredients until the mixture is smooth. Use 2-3 drops of the red food coloring to achieve the intensity of pink you desire and mix well.
Make small balls and place them on an un-greased cookie sheet. Grease the bottom of a flat glass with crisco and dip it in sugar. Press the cookies flat with the glass. You will probably need to re-dip the glass in the sugar before each cookie.
Bake at 350 degrees for 5-7 minutes. Underbake for best results. They will continue to bake when you remove them from the oven and these are much better soft than hard. Store in an airtight container to keep them moist and delicious for days. This recipe yields approximately 2 dozen cookies.

Have a great Wednesday!


Swede Inspiration of the Day...
"Someday everything will make perfect sense. So, for now, laugh at the confusion, smile through the tears 
and keep reminding yourself that everything happens for a reason."


1 comment:

  1. These look so pretty and I know I would love them with vanilla and almond - sure to be delicious. I've made a note of the inspirational words. Just been catching up on your lovely posts as I have been away on holiday. Loved all the pink images. Happy New Year to you.
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