Spritz cookies are classic holiday cookies, and when you add cinnamon to them, they put even more Ho-Ho-Ho cheer into the holidays! Cinnamon Spritz Cookies are sure to be the next addition to your annual holiday baking repertoire.
Tis the season for holiday baking! I’ve always admired people who set aside hours at a time for several days in December to bake hundreds of cookies. I love baking, but don’t always have that kind of time. So I tend to opt for cookies that come together quickly, don’t require a long chill time, and recipes that will make several dozen cookies at once.
Spritz cookies are a longtime favorite holiday cookie, but this year I thought I’d spice things up a bit – literally. My kids love cinnamon, so I added cinnamon to one of my favorite go-to spritz cookie recipes that I’ve used.
The result? My kids approve! In fact, my son LOVES them, and told me they were even better than the last batch of cookies, which is a huge compliment since we recently made one of his favorites: my Soft Ginger Molasses Cookies recipe. The cinnamon definitely adds a fun twist to a holiday fave.
Since we can easily go into calorie overload with our baking this season, I sweetened these Cinnamon Spritz Cookies with Born Sweet® Zing™ Baking Blend. Honestly, I can’t taste the difference at all – and neither can my kids. Zing™ Baking Blend only has 5 calories per serving, and it bakes and browns like regular sugar.
There’s a handy conversion chart on the back of the package to take the guesswork out of it for you.
I think you’ll like how you can slim down your favorite holiday baking recipes with Zing™ Baking Blend, which is made with stevia leaf extract and pure cane sugar – nothing artificial! Interested in learning more? Be sure to visit the Zing™ Baking Blend website where you can find Zing™ Baking Blend in a store near you. Here’s a photo of the full package so you know what to look for.
SPRITZ COOKIE TIPS
Spritz cookies are made using a cookie press, and if you’ve never made these before, don’t let the specialized baking tool fool you: these are SUPER easy and fast to make.
However, there are a few tips that can help make things easier for you.
1. Make sure your dough is soft enough. Do a test run with a small handful of dough in the cookie press, and then make adjustments to your dough as needed – whether you need to add more flour because the dough is too runny or you need to add more liquid in the form of more vanilla extract because the dough is too firm.
2. Start with cool, dry, ungreased cookie pans. I place my pans in the refrigerator for about 5 minutes before I start pressing cookies out onto them.
3. Wash the pans between each batch. After each batch is done baking, allow the pans to cool slightly, then lightly wash off the residual cookie grease with some soap and water, dry, then place in the refrigerator for just a couple of minutes before pressing more cookies out onto the sheets. This helps the dough stick to the pan when pressing (but not when baking) and prevents the dough from spreading when baking.
4. Know that the first one or two attempts don’t turn out perfectly. The first time you try to press a cookie shape out onto the sheet pan, the dough may stick to the press. That’s normal! Gently guide the dough off, place back in the bowl, then press again. The dough should start sticking to the pan after the first or second time.
DECORATING SPRITZ COOKIES
These Cinnamon Spritz Cookies are a fabulous year-round treat on their own, without any decoration.
Around the holidays, however, feel free to add the traditional colored sprinkles.
Or, you could use my favorite decorating method for these cookies: place edible pearls in the color of your choice (found in most grocery store baking aisles) in a fun design on the cookies. My preference is for white edible pearls; I think they add some elegance to the cookies without detracting from the taste.
- 1 cup butter softened
- 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons Zing™ Baking Blend
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Mix butter and Zing until well blended.
- Slowly add vanilla extract and egg. Mix until well blended.
- In a separate bowl, mix flour and ground cinnamon, and salt.
- In 1 cup portions, gradually add flour-cinnamon mixture into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until all ingredients are fully incorporated. Don’t overmix!
- Use your cookie press to press out cookie dough in various shapes onto ungreased cookie pans.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 minutes each. Mine were done right at 7 minutes, but watch your oven carefully. The edges should just be slightly golden brown.
- Let cool at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. Store cookies in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
Like all spritz cookies, these make great holiday gifts. Be sure to gift some to the cinnamon lovers and/or cookie lovers in your life!
What are YOUR favorite cookies to give and get this holiday season?
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