Spritz Cookies

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Wow, this week has flown by! 
Jacob had Columbus day off, so it's been a 4 day week for us. I'm still on the job hunt, hopefully I will find something soon. 
In the meantime I've been trying to keep myself occupied. I've been doing a lot more reading than I used to. Last month I read Eat, Pray, Love and The Lovely Bones. Both are books that I've been wanting to read for a while, but never had time to. I have a weird thing about making sure I read books before seeing the movies, so I just got The Lovely Bones from Netflix today.
Right now I just started The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It's taking me a little longer to get into, but I think it will be good.

Yesterday I pulled out the cookie press kit that I received as a wedding gift, and decided to try it out.



My mother always makes the best spritz cookies with her cookie press for Christmas, in shapes of Christmas trees and stars. Well, imagine my excitement when I saw that MY kit had an attachment for pumpkins!



Personally, my mother's recipe for spritz cookies are by far the best one's I've ever tasted. I think its the almond extract that her recipe calls for.

Ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tsp almond flavoring

This recipe is SO easy.
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Cream butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
3. Fill cookie press with 1/4 of dough at a time.
4. Form desired shapes on cookie sheet. Decorate.
5. Bake 6-9 minutes (7 min worked perfect for me) or until set but NOT brown.

That's it! Easy and fun, and oh sooooo good.