Butter Rich Spritz Christmas Cookies

Hey there! I hope that your week has been a good one so far. We're almost to the weekend, friends! I know I promised you that I would have my Mommom Minnow's famous Christmas cookie recipe up on the blog last night, but I had one of those days where the time just got away from me. I'm sorry, guys! So, if you were waiting for her recipe, keep on reading. PS: I'm updating this blog post by linking up with a few awesome bloggers: Jacqui, Julie, and Audrey! You'll find links to their delicious holiday recipes at the bottom of this post. Make sure to check theirs out! 


First, let me tell you that Mommom Minnow was literally the QUEEN of baking Christmas cookies. I mean, she started the day after Thanksgiving and kept on baking until Christmas Eve. I remember going into one of the bedrooms in her house and there were just stacks of tins in there that filled up the majority of the room. I don't know how she did it honestly! Baking that many cookies is not an easy job. 

Sadly, Mommom Minnow passed away when I was in high school. So, since then my sister and I have really tried to keep her Christmas cookie recipes alive by making them each year. The one I'm sharing with you today is our family's all time favorite cookie. I mean, when I make these I literally have to hide the tins or else they won't make it to Christmas. So, without further ado, let me finally give you that recipe so you can whip up some of these delicious cookies and be the most popular person at your family's Christmas gathering :) 

Butter Rich Spritz Cookie Recipe

The Ingredient List:

  • 2 1/2 cups four
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 egg yolks, or 1 whole egg (I usually do 1 whole egg)
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla 

Mommom Minnow's Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Sift together 2 1/2 cups flour and 1/2 tsp salt.
  3. Cream 1 cup butter, and then gradually add your 1 1/4 cup powdered sugar. Cream well. 
  4. Blend in 1 whole egg (or two egg yolks), 1/2 tsp almond extract, and 1 tsp vanilla.
  5. Add your dry ingredients gradually and mix well. 
  6. Get out your cookie press, and add a small amount of dough into the cookie press. Press cookies onto un-greased cookie sheet. 
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for six to eight minutes. 

As you can see in the instructions, you will need a cookie press for this recipe - you can find them at most kitchen stores (I'm sure places like Bed Bath & Beyond and Target have them too). I will tell you to make sure that you get a quality cookie press, because a cheap one is just going to drive you nuts (been there, done that)! This is the cookie press that I've used for the past few years, and I've really liked it. The reviews for it are great, so other people must have success with it too!


Alie and I always use the Christmas tree cookie press cut out, and the wreath. We usually top them with red and green sprinkles as well as some colored nonpareil sprinkles.


Making these cookies is so special to us since it reminds us of our sweet Mommom Minnow. I can only hope that you'll enjoy her recipe as much as our family has throughout the years! I would absolutely love to hear from you if you give this recipe a try, or if you have a special family cookie recipe too. 

If you're looking for more holiday recipe inspiration, make sure to stop by Jacqui, Julie, and Audrey's blogs for some really delicious dishes and drinks! Their recipes look delicious. You can also link up with us by clicking the "link-up" button below the holiday recipe link-up photo!


Happy Baking!

PS: If you're wondering to yourself "Why did she call her Mommom, "Mommom Minnow"? My sister gave nicknames to both of our Mommoms. Mommom Minnow got her name because she had a creek in her backyard and she would take us down to it and we would try to catch Minnows with her. :)

Healthy Holiday Cookie Recipe

Hello there, friends! I hope that your Monday went wonderfully. It's hard to believe it's already December 5th - only twenty days until Christmas! With Christmas right around the corner, we know that we're going to be around loads of cookies and other treats as well. I really wanted to find a healthy cookie recipe that I could make for Christmas so I wouldn't feel like I only had unhealthy options. So, if you'd like to have a healthy treat on your cookie platter at Christmas that's extremely delicious, keep on reading!


These chewy cookies from Amy's Health Baking are the perfect sweet treat for the holiday season. The rich dark chocolate balances out the the tart cranberries, with a dash of cozy cinnamon flavor. These yummy cookies will stay fresh for at least four days if stored in an airtight container at room temperature. 

For this recipe you're going to need:

  • 1 cup instant oats
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp chopped dark chocolate

Once you have all of your ingredients you'll follow these directions:

1. Whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl. 


2. In a different bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, egg, and vanilla. Stir in the maple syrup. Add in the flour mixture, stirring just until incorporated. 

3. Fold in the cranberries and 2 1/2 tablespoons of the chopped dark chocolate. Chill the cookie dough for thirty minutes. 

4. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper for easy clean-up! 

5. Drop the cookie dough into 15 rounded scoops onto the prepared baking sheet. Flatten to desired thickness and width using a spatula. Gently press remaining chopped dark chocolate into the tops. Bake for 9-12 minutes. 


6. Cool on the pan for ten minutes before moving to a wire rack. 


Once the cookies have cooled off, go ahead and dig in! Believe me, you're not going to believe that these cookies are actually healthy :) My family already wants me to make more! 


Happy holiday baking!