How many times do I hear myself say, "where is that big orange binder?" or "has anyone seen that big orange binder?" The big orange binder has been accumulating recipes, kinspiration & original recipe cards tucked into plastic sleeves for my entire-almost-forty year existence. "The Big Orange Binder" is an organization attempt. It's a recipe with a story neatly packaged in a place where I'll always be able to find the ever-elusive . . . Big Orange Binder.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Our Favorite Spritz Cookies

A holiday favorite in our house.  Middle loves to bake these and can spend an afternoon in the kitchen with a cookie press and a variety of sprinkles.  No, honey, there can never be too many sprinkles!!


1 cup of butter flavored crisco 
1/2 cup sugar 
1 egg     
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 1/4 cups flour

Variation:

1 cup soft butter, 3 egg yolks, ¼ cup chopped almonds, 2/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp almond extract; 2 ½ cups flour – oven to 400; bake 7-10
3 cups flour, 1 ¼ cups sugar, add 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder to flour mixture. 

Prep directions:
1.  Preheat oven to 375. Beat butter on medium speed, add ingredients (flour last).  Mix until dough is soft. 
2.  Fill cookie press with dough.  Press dough onto cookie tray 1 in. apart.  Decorate cookies. 
3.  Bake 10-12 min.  or until firm but not brown.  Cool 2 min.  on pan.  Move to cooling rack.  Repeat with remaining dough. 

Yield: 6-7 dozen cookies. 
Nutrients per serving ( 2 cookies): Calories 120, Fat 7 g, Sodium 70 mg, Dietary Fiber 0 g
Cook’s tip: For best results, weigh flour using Kitchen Scale.  ½ teaspoon almond extract can be substituted for vanilla. 


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