Basic Spritz Cookies
below is the "basic spritz cookies" recipe from the book that was included 
with my cookie press..... 
 
 
1/2 cup  butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup  vegetable shortening
3/4   sugar
1 large  egg
2 tsp  vanilla
2 cup  (all-purpose) flour
1/4 tsp  baking powder
1/4 tsp  salt
 
place butter and shortening in large mixing bowl.=a0 cream together on 
medium speed. add sugar gradually. beat until light and fluffy. about 5 
minutes. add egg and vanilla. mix well using medium speed. combine flour, 
baking powder and salt in separate bowl. add to butter/sugar mixture in 
(3) three additions; mixing well after each addition. dough will be stiff. 
assemble and fill cookie press with dough, using desired disc. press 
cookies on ungreased, uncoated baking sheet. bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 
minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. do not overbake. 
 
 
*makes 6 to 7 dozen cookies. 
 
*recipe can be varied in flavor and color by using different spices and/or 
extracts, or by adding food coloring to the dough in step 3. 
 
* can decorate the cookies before baking by brushing them with slightly 
beaten egg white and adding one of the following: white or colored 
sugar,placing a nut or chocolate chip in the center of cookie, decorate 
with small pieces of candied fruit, chopped nuts, coconut or any kind of 
sprinkles. 
 
* can decorate the cookies after baking by any of the following: roll warm 
cookies in powdered sugar, placing a small amount of jam or colored 
frosting on top, brushing tops with sugar glaze then sprinkling with 
coconut, candy sprinkles, coconut, etc., dip half cookie in melted 
semi-sweet chocolate, then sprinkle with ground nuts, brush with thin 
glaze (combine 1 cup powdered sugar, 4 to 5 teaspoons hot milk, and 1/2 
teaspoon vanilla. mix well) 
 
 
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(ID: 8558) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Sat, Mar 6, 2004


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