German Spritz Cookies (Spritzgebäck)

These Festive German Spritz Cookies Are So Fun to Make and Taste Great!

Searching for a traditional German Christmas cookie to make? German Spritz Cookies are always a holiday hit!

These easy holiday cookies are made from simple ingredients and have a light, sweet flavor. The cookies are formed into all different shapes and sizes.

Because of the unique texture and design, these cookies look great on the holiday dessert table. In fact, you’ll find other spritz cookies across Europe like in Italy and Norway!

german spritz cookies dipped in chocolate on plate
German spirtz cookies – in all different shapes and sizes!

You might know these cookies as German “S” cookies. However you know them, our recipe is a classic German cookie recipe.

Looking for more holiday recipes? Try our German rum balls, candied almonds, vanilla crescent cookies, cinnamon stars, and mulled wine recipes!

They’re a popular cookie to make in the family home because they are just so simple. You can even get creative and dip them in chocolate.. making German spritz cookies a fun (and slightly messy) thing to bake with kids!

Another reason these cookies are popular to make with kids is that they can spell their own names. This is something Lisa (and her sister) did growing up.

She made spritz cookies as a kid with numerous family members and always jumped at the change to pipe out the letters in “LISA”.

german spritz cookies on floral plate on white counter
Getting the classic “star” shape can be tough without the right baking gear!

If you’re looking to make German spritz cookies at home, you need to have a think about how you will actually form them.

You can use a piping bag, cookie press, or a meat grinder to squeeze the dough into different shapes.

It can be a little bit difficult to find star-shaped tips for piping bags that are large enough for cookie dough.

Just try it with the largest star tip you have and see if it works. Also, it will be easier to squeeze out the dough through the piping bag if it is warm.

german spritz cookies on plate with green christmas branch
German spritz cookies – mostly dipped in delicious chocolate!

There are also other versions of the Spritz cookie recipe – some of which use ground almonds in addition to flour. These are often called German almond spritz cookies.

Our recipe is entirely made with flour. If you do the almond version, just remember that you’ll need to adjust the amount of flour you use!

As for storage, these cookies store well in a container with a lid and last for around two weeks. Enjoy our German Spritz cookies!

german spritz cookies on plate with green christmas branch

German Spritz Cookies (Spritzgebäck)

Yield: 45
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

These delicious German Spritz Cookies are a holiday classic! Made from a simple, easy-to-make dough, these fun cookies can be made into any shape and are dipped in chocolate for a little added sweetness. Spritz cookies are perfect for the holiday dessert spread or for making with creative kids!

Ingredients

The Dough

  • 3/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

The Chocolate Glaze (optional)

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (possibly more)

Instructions

  1. Add the soft butter, sugar, and vanilla extract to a large bowl and mix with your mixer until creamy. Add the eggs and mix again.
  2. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Give everything a quick stir and then add this flour mixture to the wet ingredients in small increments. You'll have to stop using your mixer halfway through and just use your freshly-washed hands towards the end.
  3. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for 30 minutes. If you are using a piping bag (the same kind of bag also used for cake/cupcake decorating) or cookie press, let the dough rest at room temperature. If you're using a meat grinder for this recipe, place the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes so it can chill.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line your baking sheet(s) with parchment paper.
  5. Prepare your piping bag, cookie press, or meat grinder. You'll want to use a large star tip with your piping bag or cookie press. The larger the opening, the easier the dough will be to push through. Also, the softer the dough, the easier it'll come out of the piping bag.
  6. Create the Spritz cookies with the piping bag, cookie press, or meat grinder. (We used a piping bag). Any shapes are allowed. Circles with an open hole in the middle, S-shapes, or straight lines are classic choices for Spritz cookie shapes. Some people also like to write their names with the cookie dough. Just make sure to create the letters large enough (and leave enough space in between) since the cookies will rise/expand a bit in the oven.
  7. Place the cookies on the parchment paper and bake them in the oven for 10-15 minutes until the ends are slightly brown. It takes exactly 12 minutes in our oven but since every oven is different, your baking time might vary slightly. When taking the cookies out of the oven they might still feel a tiny bit soft - that's fine. They'll harden once cooled.
  8. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet and place them on a cooling rack with the parchment paper.
  9. OPTIONAL: Once the cookies have cooled, you can prepare the chocolate glaze by melting chocolate chips either in the microwave, in a pot on the stove, or in a hot water bath. You can use any type of chocolate chips (depending on how sweet you want it to taste). We usually like mixing milk chocolate and dark chocolate chips. Once the chocolate chips are fully melted, carefully dip parts of the cookies into the melted chocolate and then place them back on the parchment paper to cool. You can get really creative here. Let the chocolate glaze harden for at least 2 hours before consuming.

Notes

  • Some German Spritz cookie recipes use fewer eggs than we use in our recipe. We use two eggs since it can otherwise be impossible to squeeze the dough through the piping bag. If you're using a meat grinder to shape the cookies then you can use one egg instead of two.
  • We found that it can be quite difficult to find tips for piping bags with a very big opening in North America. This is probably because it is far less common to use piping bags and tips for cookie dough. So, just try piping the dough with the biggest tip with a jagged/star edge that you can find.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 45 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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