• Christmas Spritz Cookies

    WOOOOOOO got that holiday spirit this weekend who is WITH ME?? Last week was such a wonderfully Christmas themed week at the Lewis house- we took our annual trip to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in the city (it never gets old), saw the Rockefeller Christmas Tree, and wandered the Bryant Park Christmas village like a bunch of tourists and it was a blast. THEN, on Saturday we bought our Christmas tree and decorated it while eating these very cookies, and it was all very cozy and warm and happy. Funny story, on last year’s Christmas tree, my siblings and I stuck a picture of Harry Styles’ face over the angel on top of our tree (because he is the true angel), and waited to see when our parents would notice. The days went by, Christmas went by, and NO ONE noticed until the day we took our tree down. Now, we’re already plotting who to make the angel of our tree this year…any suggestions?

    Isn’t she lovely!!

    If you’re anything like me, you’ve been buying Christmas presents like crazy and wondering if you’ll ever have enough, but I doubt there’s a person alive who wouldn’t be overjoyed to receive these babies in a lil box. The recipe I adapted comes from this recipe from the New York Times by Alison Roman, whom I admire very much. I didn’t change a whole lot, aside from using salted butter instead of unsalted because I had run out, and was pleased to discover that the combo of regular salted butter and the recommended teaspoon of salt made for a beautifully sweet and salty combo that I will be making from now on. 10/ 10 would recommend adding this to your Christmas cookie repertoire, and pull it out for your next cookie exchange or office party.

    Enough chit chat however, here are 5 things to be happy about today!
    ONE. Jelly doughnuts.

    TWO. Seeing a second trailer for Captain Marvel (I will lose my mind seeing this movie).

    THREE. The smell of a fresh Christmas tree.

    FOUR. Giving presents feeling better than getting presents.

    FIVE. Having a favorite tree ornament.

     

    Makes: Roughly 130- 140 cookies (I KNOW!)
    Prep Time: 30 minutes
    Bake Time: 12-15 minutes
    Required Tools: Spritz cookie press (I used one from OXO)

    Ingredients

    3½ cups all purpose flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp kosher salt
    1½ cups (3 sticks) salted butter, softened
    1¼ cups granulated sugar
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla extract
    Colored sugar, sprinkles for decorating

    Steps

    ONE. Preheat oven to 325ºF. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and baking powder.

    TWO. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter and sugar and beat until the mixture is creamed together and becomes light yellow and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each addition. Beat until everything is well combined, about 2 minutes.

    THREE. Carefully add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined, about a minute. Load the dough into the cookie press in batches, and press cookies out onto baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Top with colored sugar or sprinkles immediately so that they will stick. (I used an egg wash, which you are welcome to do, but I didn’t like the way it made the colors of the sprinkles run so I won’t be doing that again.)

    FOUR. Bake the cookies for 12 to 15 minutes, until just golden. Be careful not to overbake, these cookies are small and will go from golden to burnt pretty quickly.

    Best enjoyed with a large mug of hot chocolate (regular or peppermint!) xoxoxoxoxoD