If you ever thought spritz cookies are only enjoyed during the Christmas time you will be delighted that these melt in the mouth cookies are a staple at the famous German coffee hour.
The recipe featured in this blog is very versatile and you can make a large variety of different cookies. They are delicious as is but you also can fill them with almond or walnut butter, jam, hazelnut spread or nougat.
How are spritz cookies called in German?
Spritz cookies are called "Spritzgebäck" in German.
How to pronounce "Spritzgebäck" in German?
Listen to this audio file to hear how to say "Spritzgebäck".
Spritz Cookie Variations From The Recipe Below
With this recipe you can make an amazing variety of cookies and nobody will notice that they are made from just one dough.
Piping different shapes make them look unique and the decorations add an additional layer of variety. Get inspired by some of the shapes shown in the photos like circles, rosettes, crescents, sticks or the German classic shape "S".
In the case of spritz cookies plain is a classic, traditional way. It is easy to make, perfect to store and the buttery taste is not in competition with other flavors like jam or chocolate.
If you want your cookies to look a bit more elegant, then dip the ends or one half of the cookie into chocolate. Use either dark, milk or white chocolate. Caramel dipping or colored frosting are a great touch too.
Sprinkle the dipped end of the cookies with glitter, sprinkles, coconut flakes or ground nuts to make the cookies even a little bit more special. Make sure to add the toppings while the chocolate or frosting is still wet.
Filling your cookies with jam, nougat or hazelnut spread brings an even more luxurious twist to these buttery treats. Either "glue" two of the cookies together with your choice of filling or pipe some in the middle of an rosette.
Authentic German Spritz Cookies Recipe
Make sure to look at the tips above on how to make an amazing variety of the spritz cookies.
German Spritz Cookies
- 6 ⅔ sticks butter soft
- 2 ½ cups powdered sugar
- 2 tsp. vanilla powder or 2 tsp. extract
- 1 pinch of salt
- 3 egg whites large, room temperature
- 6 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- Make sure to place butter out of the fridge ahead of time so it will be soft and smooth.
Allow the eggs to come to room temperature outside of the fridge.
- Whisk soft butter until soft and creamy.
- Sift powdered sugar and add with vanilla powder or extract to the bowl. Cream together until
- Separate the eggs and whisk the egg whites lightly.
- Add the egg whites and a pinch of salt to the bowl and mix well.
- Sift the flour and add, one spoonful at a time, to the bowl. Mix until everything is well
- Fill into a piping bag with a large star tip or every other tip you prefer.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Pipe rosettes, the character “S” or other shapes of your liking.
- Bake in pre-heated oven on 340°F for about 12-15 min.
- Allow to cool for a couple of minutes on the baking sheet and then transfer the cookies to a cooling rack.
- You can enjoy the cookies as is or decorate them with melted chocolate, sprinkles or fill
them with jam.
How to Store Spritz Cookies?
Store in an airtight container or tin. The cookies will keep several weeks but they probably will not need to as you will eat them faster.