Monday, December 18, 2017

Shortbread Spritz


 Let's enjoy some shortbread spritz by the fire for a cozy visit, shall we?  The recipe for the spritz comes from my bloggy buddy, Lynn, at Happier Than A Pig In Mud.  Lynn is the Queen of Spritz, and is always sharing so many great recipes, and crafts. I hope you will visit her!


 This Johnson Brothers Merry Christmas pattern is my very favorite one for Christmas time.  The pattern just takes me away to a different time and place in my imagination. 


 This sweet angel holds memories of a dear friend that gifted it to me years ago.  My friend died almost four years ago from multiple myeloma.  I know our possessions are just things, but they are treasures to remember those who lovingly thought of us. 


 My manger set was gifted to me from my four children.  I so enjoy getting it out during this time of the year. 




Shortbread Spritz

These little spritz from my bloggy buddy, Lynn, are melt-in-your-mouth treats, which are not too sweet and go perfect with a cup of tea, coffee, or hot cocoa. The dough was a dream to work with.  I divided the dough and used gel food coloring to color the dough. 

ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
pinch salt
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

instructions:

  1. Cream butter, vanilla and powdered sugar.
  2. Mix in cornstarch, salt and flour until just combined.
  3. Fill press, press cookies onto cool, ungreased baking sheets. Decorate with colored sugar or sprinkles if desired. 
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.
  5. Cool on wire rack.

notes

I ended up chilling my pressed cookies on cookie sheets for several hours, and then baking them later.  Lynn suggested that chilling the cookies made for a more defined look.
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My sweet grandson,  Caiden,  spent the night, along with his sister, Cissy, and he mixed up this homemade cocoa mix to take home to his siblings. I love making things with my grands that come over!

Thank you for your visit!  xo

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:


39 comments:

  1. Your cookies turned out cute Kitty and I love your J-Bro Christmas plate. Thanks for the shout-out and I wish you a wonderful Christmas, have fun:@)

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  2. Adorable Kitty! You cookies are so pretty and I love your Merry Christmas Johnson Brothers pattern, along with your sweet angel and nativity! Your grands are so lucky to spend time with you in your Kozy Kitchen. ♥

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  3. Yes, Lynn is the queen of spritz! Such a pretty vignette and your manger is so beautiful. Special memories is what the holidays should be all about! That and sweet little faces! Merry Merry Christmas Kitty~
    Jenna

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  4. I pinned these Kitty. I love spritz cookies.

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas.

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  5. Kitty, your spritz cookies are so festive and pretty too. I love your nativity from your children; it's adorable and so lovely at the same time. I know well how much we love those treasures given to us by beloved friends no longer with us. Enjoy this last week before the Holidays, dear Kitty. Merry Christmas!

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  6. I am baking today so will mix these up so I can chill them. I like the idea of working with an easy dough as I have had troubles with my cookie maker before. πŸ˜‰ Gosh those two grands look alike!

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  7. I was just saying last night that I need to make some spritz cookies. I have been sitting here with my coffee eating sugar cookies our daughter brought us, so maybe I'd better not! ;) The manger is a lovely reminder of Christ's birth as well as love of family. My mom gave us one over 30 years ago, and we love to set it up every year. This year we will be gifting our daughter and husband one which I hope will be treasured for years to come. Have a blessed Christmas Kitty, and love to you. xo Deborah

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  8. Dear Kitty, what a beautiful platter! And of course that handsome grandson is such a cutie! I hope that you and your family has a very Merry Christmas dear friend. P.S. I sent you an email.
    Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  9. I’m a new reader of your sweet food blog and it’s such a heart warming and it brings me a smile.
    I love the coordination of the cookie, napkin, plate, tea cup and a doll with such sweet memories.
    Also love the nativity set that was given by your children. I have 4 kids, too and I should put that into my Christmas wish list next time.
    I have to try this recipe with my girls this weekend. Blessings, Rach.

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  11. Those cookies are the just the thing for the festive season. The nativity set gifted by your children is beautiful. It is lovely to have memories that dear friends and family have gifted us over the years, isn't it. They bring back sweet memories of beautiful times shared. Gorgeous photo of Caiden in front of your beautiful tree.

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  12. Hi Kitty!That plate is gorgeous!Love your Nativity and your cute Grand!The cookies are pretty and look delicious.Merry Christmas!

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  13. Calden is really cute and looks like a happy young man. I love spritz cookies and used to make tons of them every year. I am not baking this year---so much of my stuff is packed away for our move in spring.

    Your manger scene is just lovely- what a nice gift from your kids. xo Diana

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  14. Sweet memories, old and new. I have that same angel, Kitty, from sometime in the 90s. Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  15. Sweet post, Kitty! I used to have a spritz press and enjoyed making these cookies. I may need to add one to our kitchen again. Happy Holidays!

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  16. Oh, I love your manger scene! It is just beautiful! I am so thankful you are enjoying this Christmas season, sweet friend. :) Praying for you!

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  17. I absolutely love the pattern on that plate and the angel is a lovely cherished gift. The Nativity set is just beautiful! My mom used to make these and I couldn't find the recipe this year so thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  18. Kitty, I've never made spritz cookies. I'm a bit of scared of them - they look so fragile and intricate. Yours are gorgeous!! What a sweet angel watching over the cookies and I love that Christmas plate. xo

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  19. What a lovely seasonal tea by the fire! Your manger is beautiful. I'm also a fan of the JB Merry Christmas. I don't think I've seen that pattern around here. I'm sure your grandkids will enjoy the homemade cocoa. Merry Christmas!

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  20. I was just talking about making spritz cookies with a friend of mine last night! I had trouble with the dough the last time I made them. The dough spread out too much during baking and some actually just got stuck in my press. Same recipe I always used so I don't know if I mismeasured and got it too wet. Yours look delicious! You have beautiful grands! Cissy looks like her brother!!! Have a Merry Christmas Kitty! xx

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  21. What a precious gift from your friend who has now passed on and yes, these things do matter, even though like you said, they are just things...it's the memories attached to them. I love the beautiful pattern on your Christmas plate...it makes me just want to shrink myself down and jump into the scene! I have never made spritz cookie but they are one of my faves to pick off a cookie tray. Have fun with those grands and Merry Christmas, sweet friend! ♥

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  22. Merry Christmas Kitty! I agree your Johnson Brothers is perfect! I haven’t made spritz in years...not sure why not! We certainly love them! Love your angel and nativity. I have several gifts that come out for Christmas...wouldn’t be the same without them! Have a festive and joyous Christmas week with your dear family! Treasures all! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
    Ruth

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  23. The spritz cookies are adorable. And a perfect fit to your napkin, I love that. Happy Holidays.
    Amalia
    xo

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  24. What a handsome grand...his smile must light up the room.
    Merry Christmas, dear one

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  25. I love the memories associated with gifts from those we love. I have several ornaments that friends made me MANY years ago, though they are no longer with us. I am a BIG fan of spritz cookies mainly because they are so pretty and easy and quick to make. Great tip about chilling the dough. I've never done that but will next time! Have a wonderful Christmas my friend!

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  26. The cocoa mix is such a great idea and what a handsome helper you had! I love your precious angel and pretty dishes! Merry Christmas!

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  27. 350° ? My dough has been in the fridge for two days! Yikes.

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    1. Oops...overbaked! 🀦🏻‍♀️

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    2. They still taste fine...very much a melt in the mouth cookie.

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  28. I love your grand kid photos and Caiden is a cutie! Thanks for sharing another delicious recipe with these cookies. That is a very darling shabby angel there! Merry Christmas Kitty and thanks again for that darling ecard. Great fun!

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  29. I wish that I loved making cookies as much is I love eating them. Christmas just isn't Christmas without Spritz cookies, so I hope somebody bakes some and gives them to me! Yours look beautiful, and I'm sure they are delicious. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and have a wonderful new year.

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  30. Your Spritz cookies are wonderful. I made some years ago. Love your dish ware, how charming the design is. Caiden is a charmer. Both he and Cissy are so lucky to have you for their nana. Creating wonderful memories together.Merry Christmas dear Kitty.

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  31. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Kitty! Your spritz cookies are wonderful. I made some this year, thanks to Lynn and her spritz posts. Caiden and Cissy are so lucky to have you for their nana.

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  32. Kitty, lovely. Yes, it's always a good idea to chill spritz cookies before baking. I haven't made any in years, but now that I've seen yours I'm craving them!

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  33. Hi Kitty, love this post of Christmas cheer. I love spritz cookies and have my mother’s vintage cookie gun. I didn’t make them this year but did make pizelles which take lots of time. Love the pics of your adorable grands. You truly are making special memories. Wishing you very Merry Christmas and many blessings in the new year! xo

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  34. Hi Kitty, those cookies look so good and it's always nice to use recipes from our blogging friends. I love that you made the cookies in red and green. Your manger set is beautiful. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Hugs, Julie xo

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  35. Oh Kitty- what a sweet post! Your sprintz cookies are award-winning perfection - always wanted to make those and never have! I have a cookie press that has been unopened for over ten years - I think you've inspired me!

    Maybe I will include them in my holiday baking next Christmas as this one is upon us!

    Merry Christmas and a very HAPPY New Year, dear friend. BIG hugs and love.

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  36. You know I think I have a cookie press that was mamas so now I have a reason to make thes lovely looking cookies. I love shortbread cookie. Thanks for sharing the recipe. A late Merry Christmas to you and I wish you a wonderful New Year to you and all your lovely family. With love Janice

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  37. Kitty, I too love special gifts that evoke memories of loved ones. the cookies look so yummy, and I love your dishes! You ae such a wonderful grandmother! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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