Soft, buttery, literally melts in your mouth-DELICIOUS. I’m not talking about any ordinary Christmas cookie here. I’m talking about the Smacairz’s Spritz cookie.
For those of you that have been busy in the hustle and bustle of life, we are in the heart of cookie season. Here at the Dairy Farmers of Washington, we take this very seriously and we turn to the best bakers in the west (a.k.a Washington Dairy Farmers) to show us how cookie season is done.
Our state Dairy Ambassador, Alicia Smaciarz, had told me about her family’s tradition of baking Spritz cookies each Christmas and I knew I had to go see her baking skills in action. I was delighted to find out we’d also be baking with her Grandma Joyce and mom, Lana.
According to Grandma Joyce, the key ingredient to this cookie is real 100%, creamy butter. To achieve the perfect consistency and flavor, margarine just won’t make the cut.
This cookie isn’t the only unique tradition the family has around the holidays. While Santa puts most of our gifts under the Christmas tree, that is not the case at the Smaciarz’s house. Alicia recalls spending crisp Christmas mornings out in the dairy barns digging through mountainous piles of hay to find their gifts. And The Smaciarz’s always make it to church on Christmas, even if they have to milk the cows a little earlier than usual in order to be on time.
One of Lana’s favorite parts of the holidays is giving their workers special gifts. Last year it was warm, new coats, this year they are each getting a metal tub full of delicious and nutritious dairy products-including cheese and yogurt.
Enough of the small talk, it’s time to start baking!
First, cream together the butter and sugar, preferably with a stand or hand mixer. Remember to use real butter.
Next, add in the egg yolks, vanilla, and flour.
Once it’s mixed well, press the dough through your cookie press. You can use all different shapes. You can find a cookie press online or in a craft/baking store.
Place on a cookie sheet and add Christmas sprinkles, if desired. (We definitely recommend adding the sprinkles)
Bake at 400 degrees until set, not brown, usually 7-10 minutes. Do not overbake! Alicia’s dad, the biggest fan of these buttery, bite-sized masterpieces, can always tell if they’ve been in the oven too long.
Voila! According to these ladies, “It’s like a buttery knot in your mouth.” And boy are they right!
I loved baking (and tasting) with the Smaciarz’s family. I even got to meet the newest member of the farm, Peanut! She’s only a week old and is as soft and cuddly as she looks in the picture!
Ingredients: (1/4 of recipe)
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2/3 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ½ c flour
Mix ingredients together, press the dough through a cook press. Bake at 400 degrees until set, not brown. Usually takes 7-10 minutes. Add Christmas sprinkled is desired.