Nothing could be better than a tray of these buttery soft, vegan Spritz cookies, in the cutest pressed designs. Festive & fun and so easy to make.
How adorable are these Spritz cookies!?
Once you try them, you’ll be making them all the time, no matter the holiday. They’re soft, tender and simply irresistible. Not to mention, SUPER easy to make!
I love them, my kids love them, but honestly, I made these for my Dad because he loves them more than anyone else! They are his most requested cookie during Christmas holidays and I’ll happily bake him a batch over buying pre-made cookies in a tin.
What is a Spritz cookie?
Spritz cookies are traditional Christmas cookies in Scandinavian countries. They are simple butter cookies, shaped using a cookie press to make fun designs. The word “spritz” is actually taken from the German word spritzen which means “to squirt.” This refers to pushing the cookie dough through a cookie press.
Is a Spritz Cookie the same as a Butter Cookie?
Both butter and spritz cookies are soft, not too sweet, melt in your mouth cookies. But where the difference lies is that your typical spritz cookie contains egg which makes the dough softer and more easily pressed out of the cookie press.
However, because we are making vegan spritz cookies and omitting the egg anyways, our version is sort of a hybrid of the two. Think of it as the best of both worlds!
What is a Cookie Press and How do I use it?
I received a cookie press from OXO and just had try my hand at using it. Once I figured it out, the cookie making process was a breeze! Simply select a metal stencil, like a snowflake or tree, and place it in the bottom section. You then spoon cookie dough into the top. Hold the cookie press upright, flat against the baking sheet and press the lever to push the cookie dough through the metal plate. Then lift up to create adorably shaped cookies. (Check out this video to see it in action)
*Use cool baking sheets! The trick to making this work well is to press the cookies out directly on a baking sheet without parchment paper or silpat. And the cooler the sheet, your cookies will spread less when baking AND press out more easily.
*Also, don’t try this with store-bought dough….it won’t work.
*No Cookie Press? Use a pastry bag fitted with an open star tip and use this danish cookie recipe, but add a little bit of milk to make it pipe-able. 🙂
Decorate Your Spritz Cookies!
Serve your spritz cookies plain or decorate the cookies, using sprinkles of choice before baking. You can also add food coloring to the cookie dough and create colorful wreaths, flowers or Christmas trees. Another fun idea is to decorate baked cookies with a drizzle of melted vegan chocolate chips.
The final cookies are purely amazing and deserve a spot on your holiday cookie tray! They freeze beautifully and can be shipped if you are in need of a last minute Christmas gift! These will definitely be a hit for you this Christmas!
Can I make Danish Cookies gluten-free?
This recipe should also work with a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend if you need gluten-free Spritz cookies. I haven’t made these this way, but I have used Bob’s 1:1 Gluten free flour blend with my shortbread cookies with wonderful results!
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Let’s Bake Vegan Spritz Cookies
I hope you love this allergy-friendly Spritz Cookie recipe as much as I do! If you make it, let me know down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others may find it!
Happy cookie baking everyone!
- 14 tablespoons vegan butter
- 9 tablespoons confectioners sugar
- 2.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon corn starch mixed with 2 tablespoon water
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon dairy free milk
- 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°. Have sheet pan ready.
- Mix together vegan butter and powered sugar to create a soft buttercream. Then add flour, corn starch slurry, vanilla extract and sugar. Add milk last to create soft but firm batter.
- Spoon cookie dough into the top of cookie press *or use piping bag with start tip). Hold the cookie press upright, fit against the baking sheet and press the lever to push the cookie dough through the metal plate, then lift up to create adorably shaped cookies.
- Add sprinkles if desired.
- Bake 7-10 minutes, checking to make sure they are lightly crisp. You may need to turn the pan halfway through depending on your oven.
- Let cool 10 minutes on cooling rack. Pipe on frosting, add sprinkles or drizzle with melted vegan chocolate.
*Do not use silpat or parchment paper on baking tray.
*Can be made using a piping bag and start tip if you do not have a cookie press.
*Sub all purpose flour with 1:1 GF blend if needed. Adjust quantity of milk to achieve desired texture.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 60 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 50Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
Nutritional information is only an estimate based off of using an online calculator. Numbers will change depending on brands used.