|Photo from Taste of Home|
We like making pressed cookies at Christmas time. I've worn out several cookie presses, in fact. The first one or two presses that I had were metal and I really liked them. But when it came time to replace them all that was available was plastic. (I apologize for the blurry picture.)
I'm now on my second plastic cookie press and I really don't like it. The press is larger but very similar to the one pictured above, and the cookies it produces are too big. Spritz should be delicate. These are not. So, as much as we enjoy various flavors of spritz, I decided not to bake any this year.
Then a few days before Christmas my sister-in-law (who is also my Avon lady) stopped by. As I browsed through the Christmas catalog, I noticed a plastic cookie press much like the one I have. I commented that I was in the market for a new one, but that it wouldn't be plastic. She then told me that she had found a vintage, unused, cookie press, still in its original box, at the dump.
Christmas Tree Spritz
|At last! Perfectly delicate spritz Christmas trees!|
|I wish he had added some sprinkles to these, but he forgot. I dipped a few of them in melted chocolate -- a nice flavor combination with the lemon.|
As it turned out, there was a mistake of some sort in the recipe -- using just 1 egg yolk made the dough very crumbly -- far too crumbly to work in a cookie press. So he added the egg white as well, and that made the difference. The flavor was wonderful, and we've amended the recipe. Here it is if you are interested:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/2 cup butter. Gradually add
1/2 cup sugar, creaming well.
1 egg and
1/3 cup molasses; beat well.
sifted dry ingredients gradually; mix thoroughly.
a small amount of dough through a cookie press onto ungreased baking sheets, using any plate to make desired shape. Decorate with sprinkles or colored sugar if desired.
at 400º for 6 to 8 minutes.
Makes about 4 1/2 dozen cookies.
|Again, these would be prettier with red sugar or colored sprinkles, I think.|