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Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies are a fun and easy cookie to bake for Christmas cookie trays. A simple butter cookie recipe made into fancy cookie shapes using a cookie press.

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The Sugar Cookies that my grandma always makes are my absolute favorite to bake and share for our Christmas Cookie trays. We always add a new cookie into the mix and this year it’s Spritz Cookies with almond flavoring and festive sprinkles.

Platter of decorated spritz cookies.

Spritz Cookies are made using a cookie press or a piping bag for festive shapes that can be decorated in so many ways. The dough comes together in one bowl and no chilling required.

Ingredients for cream cheese spritz cookies.

Ingredients Needed for Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

  • Butter ~ Salted butter, softened.
  • Cream Cheese ~ Block style, full fat cream cheese, not the soft spreadable cream cheese.
  • Egg Yolk 
  • Almond Extract ~ Optional, if you don’t like almond flavor, just use vanilla.
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Sugar
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Sprinkles ~ Sanding sugar, jimmies or candy sprinkles.
  • Chocolate Chips ~ Optional for chocolate drizzle or dipping.

Tray of Christmas cookies.

Step By Step Directions for Spritz Cookies

Collage making cream cheese spritz cookie dough.

  • In a mixer bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until fluffy.
  • Add the egg, almond extract and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • With the mixer on low, slowly add the sugar.
  • Spoon flour in a bit at a time until mixed thoroughly.

Using a cookie press to make spritz cookies.

  • Add the desired shape to the cookie gun and fill with cookie dough.
  • Using a cool, clean, unlined baking sheet, press cookies about 2 inches apart. Parchment paper or greasing the sheets will keep the cookie press from working correctly.
  • Brush the cookies lightly with water and add sprinkles if desired.
  • Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Collage of baked spritz cookies with sprinkles and drizzled chocolate.

  • Remove from oven and cool on the cookie sheets.
  • Wash baking sheets in between batches.
  • Dunk cookies in melted chocolate or drizzle using a piping bag. Add sprinkles if desired.

Tray of decorated spritz cookies.

Do You Have to Have a Cookie Press?

No, you do not have to have a cookie press for spritz cookies. The dough can be piped with a piping bag and large star tip. Add 1 tablespoon of milk with the egg to the cookie dough to make it easier to pipe.

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How to Use a Cookie Press

I purchased an OXO Cookie Press and it is so simple to use. It comes with multiple discs for different patterns and it’s also super easy to clean. The end unscrews for disc placement and the other comes off for filling.

After filling the cylinder, you add the lever end. The non slip end holds the cookie press in place and you pull the lever. It’s seriously easy. I adapted this recipe from the recipe book included with the cookie press.

Storing Spritz Cookies

Store cookies in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

Tray of spritz cookies, plate of 3.

More Cookies to add to Your Holiday Baking List

  • Old fashioned Molasses Cookies are always at the top of my most requested list for my cookie trays. They are crisp around the edges with chewy middles.
  • Grinch Cookies are made with pistachio pudding mix and decorated with candy hearts for a fun and festive cookie that everyone will love.
  • Chocolate Chip Biscotti is a crunchy cookie that is loaded with chocolate chips, perfect for dunking in hot chocolate or coffee.
  • Lemon Curd Cookies are a classic buttery thumbprint cookie filled with lemon curd.
  • Cut Out Sugar Cookies with Icing are fun to decorate with the kids and this classic recipe comes from my husband’s grandma, so you know they are amazing!
  • Need more ideas? Check out all of our Cookie Recipes!

Close up of tray of spritz cookies with sprinkles.

Add this soft and tender Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies Recipe to your baking plans. These bite- sized cookies are a great addition to holiday goody baskets and cookie trays and everyone loves them.

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Yield: 4 Dozen Cookies

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Spritz cookies decorated with chocolate drizzle and sprinkles.

Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies are a fun and easy cookie to bake for Christmas cookie trays. A simple butter cookie recipe made into fancy cookie shapes using a cookie press.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, softened
  • 3 ounces softened full fat cream cheese
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Assorted sprinkles, melted chocolate for decorating

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a mixer bowl, beat the butter and cream cheese until fluffy. 
  3. Add the egg, almond extract and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  4. With the mixer on low, slowly add the sugar. 
  5. Spoon flour in a bit at a time until mixed thoroughly.
  6. Add the desired shape to the cookie gun and fill with cookie dough. 
  7. Using a cool, clean, unlined baking sheet, press cookies about 2 inches apart. Parchment paper or greasing the sheets will keep the cookie press from working correctly. 
  8. Brush the cookies lightly with water and add sprinkles if desired. 
  9. Bake cookies for 10 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.
  10. Remove from oven and cool on the cookie sheets. Use a metal spatula to loosen from the baking sheet and move to a wire rack to decorate.
  11. Wash baking sheets in between batches.
  12. Drizzle with melted chocolate and sprinkles if desired.

Notes

To make without a cookie press, mix 1 tablespoon of milk into the dough when adding the egg yolk. Place in a piping bag using a large star tip.

Store cookies in an airtight container up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

48

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 53Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 23mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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