Reindeer Spritz Cookie Recipe –
These cute Rudolph cookies will bring a smile to young and old at your next holiday gathering! Reindeer Spritz Cookies are made using a cookie press. Spritz is traditionally a German butter cookie or biscuit formed by squirting the dough through a shaped disc with a cookie press. Kids absolutely love to use a cookie press.
We recently brought you our recipe for Christmas Tree Spritz. The Reindeer Spritz gives a nice contrast to the Christmas Tree Spritz to create a colorful platter together.
My kids actually prefer the chocolate Spritz used to make the Reindeer Spritz over the cream cheese version we used for the Christmas Tree Spritz. The Chocolate Spritz also cooperated better for us in the cookie press.
Chocolate Spritz Recipe
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 oz. unsweetened cocoa powder (about 8 tablespoons)
- 2 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- pretzels and red and white candies (if making reindeer)
Mix everything but the flour, and then add the flour slowly a little at a time. Bake at 375°F for 8-10 minutes.
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We once again used our baking stone. It seems to be the only way we can bake cookies without burning half of them around here. It does take a bit longer per batch than metal pans though. Whether you are using a metal pan or stone pan, do not grease the pan beforehand. The Spritz will not stick to a greased pan.
For the Reindeer Spritz Cookies, you use the cookie press disc that makes a heart. It’s the one that looks like a Y.
We normally use red hots for the nose and white chocolate chips for the eyes on these. This time we thought it would be fun to try the candy beads from Walmart. These are a hard candy, kind of like a Sweetart coated in coloring. This worked out fine on about 85% of the cookies, but the candies melted on the rest. We have no idea why this only happened on random cookies. Usually, the other cookies on every side of the failed cookie would be perfect.
Remember The House That Never Slumbers is not a showcase house, so we don’t want to show you only our presentable work. These are the poor reindeer that looked like they have some kind of eye infection. They still tasted great though!
The Chocolate Spritz recipe above can be used in a variety of ways. We experimented with some other options. We dipped some in white almond bark, leaving half the cookie white and half brown. We added colored sugar to some of those. The ones dipped in white with the red sprinkles would be a nice cookie for Valentine’s Day. You could also drizzle white chocolate over these for a classy chocolate cookie.
There are just so many cool ways you can use Spritz to make trays of edible artwork. What’s your favorite creation with Spritz?
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