Spritzgebäck is a type of German and Alsatian-Mosellan Christmas biscuit or Christmas cookie made of flour, butter, sugar and eggs. When made correctly, the cookies are crisp, fragile, somewhat dry, and buttery. The German verb spritzen means to squirt in English. As the name implies, these cookies are made by extruding, or "squirting", the dough with a press fitted with patterned holes (a cookie press) or with a cake decorator, or pastry bag, to which a variety of nozzles may be fitted. In the United States, the name Spritzgebäck is often shortened to spritz becoming known as the spritz cookie.[1]

TypeBiscuit / Cookie
Place of originGermany, France (Alsace and Moselle)
Main ingredientsflour, butter, sugar, eggs
Traditional holiday cookie plate with green tree-shaped spritz.

Spritzgebäck is a common pastry in Germany and served often during Christmas season, when parents commonly spend afternoons baking with their children for one or two weeks. Traditionally, parents bake Spritzgebäck using their own special recipes, which they pass down to their children.

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  1. ^ Dede Wilson (11 October 2011). Baker's Field Guide to Christmas Cookies. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. p. 146. ISBN 978-1-55832-628-6. Retrieved 19 April 2012.

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