Gingerbread Spritz Cookies

This holiday season, I’ve been treating myself to new baking tools. While I did get essentials like trays and spatulas, I also decided to buy, as a Christmas gift to myself, a cookie press.

Gingerbread Spritz Cookies

But rather than make ordinary vanilla spritz cookies, I decided that spicy gingerbread was the way to go at this time of the year. And in a festive wreath shape to boot.

Now the concept of a cookie press has always appealed to the OCD part of me. The thought of uniform, perfectly-shaped cookies does get me a teeny bit excited.

Cookie press

In reality, using my cookie press for the first time was a little more tedious than I expected. I definitely made some beginner errors, like attempting to press cookies out on baking paper. (It’s possible, but way more difficult.) And I found myself scraping up and redoing some of the presses when the cookies came out malformed.

But are the results worth it? I definitely think so. These wreath-shaped cookies are gorgeous.

 

INGREDIENTS
  • 250g unsalted butter, softened
  • 185g dark brown sugar (the darker, the better)
  • 1 egg
  • 320g flour
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice (opt.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Makes about 8 dozen cookies (of this shape).

DIRECTIONS

Step 1: Preheat your oven to 190°C (375°F).

Step 2: Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy. Beat in the egg. Sift in the rest of the ingredients and mix to combine.

Step 3: Transfer dough into the cookie press and press out cookies onto ungreased, unlined baking trays.

Pressed cookies

Step 4: Bake each tray for 12 minutes.

 

If you don’t have a cookie press, you can still make these cookies by treating the dough like regular drop cookies, i.e., portioning out the dough in tablespoon-sized balls. For a more conventional cut-out gingerbread cookie, you can check out this recipe I made last year.

These gingerbread cookies are spicy and crunchy, so once again, an excellent food gift because they’re hardy enough to be packed.

Wrapped cookies

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 



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