yield 4-5 dozen
(Source: Mirro’s Cooky and Pastry Recipes, as posted to an online forum)
Recipe as written:
1 cup butter or shortening
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups flour
Cream shortening, adding sugar gradually.
Add egg, unbeaten, beat well.
Add sifted dry ingredients and extract.
Fill a MIRRO cooky press. Form cookies on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes
What I do:
My family always made spritz cookies around Christmas, so we add green food coloring (as in the picture). It’s easiest to add the food coloring right after the egg, before the dry ingredients. I haven’t actually sifted the dry ingredients for a long time (I don’t currently own a sifter, for one), and they still turn out fine. Perhaps slightly denser than otherwise, but they’re still yummy.
I’ve also tried this both with butter and with shortening. I find shortening gives a much firmer dough, which makes it much easier to form the cookies without having dough oozing everywhere (which is what seemed to happen when the dough was made with butter).
This recipe was written for the Mirro cookie press; if you have a plastic press, this recipe is dense enough that it will probably break your press (been there, broke that). It may be possible to use the batter with a plastic press if it’s made with butter. I haven’t tried that variation, so I can’t say for sure.
My family usually made trees and wreaths; trees were decorated with sugar sprinkles before baking, while wreaths had two small red-hots placed before baking so that they’d kinda melt together to look like a bow. I’ve never tried them without decorating them somehow, though the recipe doesn’t mention that part.
I love these cookies. :-D