Cookie Extravaganza: Spritz


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Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth spritz cookies are easy to freeze and easy to please.


One of my earliest memories is of my godmother, Dode Bjork, making spritz. She didn’t make them just for Christmas; she made them all year round.

Her recipe came from an exceptional Norwegian baker named Sigrid Lunde. My copy of the recipe is stained with butter and in her handwriting, written for me in the 1960s. I have my mother’s 1950s copper-toned spritz press. I’ve tried fancy electric ones, but nothing beats Mom’s Nordic Ware “Deluxe Cookie King Crank Type Cookie Press Spritz Gun.” I still have the original box. It’s slightly wonky, but the hand-cranked action makes the perfect spritz cookie.

This is my go-to cookie for all occasions, from weddings to funerals, from Christmas to Easter. Buttery, melt-in-your-mouth texture, easy to freeze and easy to make, nothing says “holidays” better than spritz!


2 cups (4 sticks) butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
4 cups flour

Special equipment:
Cookie press (available at Scandinavian stores or specialty kitchen stores)

  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolk and vanilla, and mix until thoroughly combined.
  2. Add the flour and mix until no streaks remain.
  3. Chill for at least 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  4. Press through spritz-maker cookie press.
  5. Bake at 325°F until very lightly browned.


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This article originally appeared in the Nov. 27, 2020, issue of The Norwegian American.

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Julie Pheasant-Albright

Julie Pheasant-Albright is a baker standing on the shoulders of baking giants—her mother and godmother. She is the author of the book Early Ballard, a history of Seattle’s historic Norwegian neighborhood. She is also a member of several Norwegian organizations in Seattle.