Baking Cookies for Daddy

Boy oh boy is Daddy going to be surprised when he gets home from work today, because Mommy and I baked him some Spritz Cookies and decorated them with red sprinkles and cinnamon pieces!    The snow this morning got us into the holiday spirit so we decided to make Daddy a big surprise! 

These are really easy to make as long as you have one of those neat cookie guns!  Mommy’s cookie gun is the hand pump kind, but they have other varieties in stores.  You just fill the cookie gun with your dough, select a shape, and then click!  Whala, flower shaped goodness! 

Now, we have to start on the decorating of the house!  Now where did we put all of those Christmas boxes?  Shhhh, don’t tell Daddy about the cookies, we want it to be a surprise!   Don’t those cookies look delicious? 

Here’s how you make Spritz Cookies, if you were wondering: 

1 1/2 Cups Butter, 1 Cup Sugar, 1 Egg, 2 Tablespoons Milk, 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract, 1 teaspoon Almond Extract, 3 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder.  Preheat oven to 375, thoroughly cream butter and sugar.  Add egg, milk, vanilla and almond extract, mix well.  Stir together flour and baking powder; gradually add to creamed mixture, mixing to make a smooth dough.  Add food coloring of your choice.  Do not chill dough.  Shape dough in small logs or spoon into your cookie gun, press cookies onto cool ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around edges.  (NOTE:  watch cookies closely!)  Makes 7-8 dozen.

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