old fashioned spritz cookies


These cookies taste like so many memories for us: childhood, Christmas, baking with family, visiting grandparents.  We first came across these delicious morsels when we purchased a FUN GUN (which is now known as a cookie press). We called them Fun Gun cookies, and we LOVED making these cookies! We used to make them with orange extract. But now, we make them with orange or vanilla extract, depending on our mood at the time! These are delicate, bite-sized, perfectly sweet cookies with a hint of cream cheese, and they are addicting! Invest in a cookie press like this one from Wilton.


old fashioned spritz cookies

  • Author: Salt and Share
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 23 minutes
  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • ½ cup shortening
  • 3 oz cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract (can substitute orange extract)
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • decorating sugars


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cream shortening and cream cheese, add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Sift flour and salt together. Add in three additions. Using a cookie press, form cookies. Sprinkle with holiday sugars prior to baking.
  3. Bake 6-8 minutes. Cool on racks before serving.

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