Christmas Spritz

Pale green trees lightly flavored with almond evoke memories from my youth where crunchy sugar bits greeted me atop the spritz my mom lovingly baked every Christmas. They are now a favorite of my own children.

My dear friend, Jennifer, who is a superb baker insists spritz require a “special touch” and  has abandoned her efforts to make them. This leads me to believe my cold winter kitchen contributes to my success. The dough stays firm and does not become soft and uncooperative in the cookie press.

Whatever the reason I’m just happy they turn out.


  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/4 cup sifted flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • dash of salt
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  1. Cream butter, adding sugar gradually. Mix until it turns light and fluffy.
  2. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Add almond extract.
  4. Add dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Bake @ 400 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned on edges.