Christmas Spritz Cookies

I have been making these Christmas cookies for years. Yes, yes, I know, why is the Jewish girl making Christmas cookies? Well, I did grow up with a lot of catholic friends, and I remember one of my mom's friends always made these around the holidays. A few times I even helped her. They are just so good, they melt in your mouth!

Christmas Spritz Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen

1/2 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
Red and green colored sugar

Preheat oven to 375°F. With an electric mixer on medium speed, cream shortening, butter and sugar together. Beat in egg and vanilla.

Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Gradually stir in flour mixture. Fill cookie press and form cookies onto ungreased baking sheets. Sprinkle cookies with colored sugar.

Bake, turning baking sheets halfway through baking, until edges of cookies are light browned, about 10–12 minutes. Transfer baking sheets to wire racks to cool.

(Each cookie is about 1 pt.)


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