The Betty Crocker Cookbook is a classic go to cookbook that has been passed down generation to generation and Spritz Cookies are classic cookies from it. Buttery and delicious and yet so few basic ingredients to make a classic, requested cookie.
Does your family have a classic cookbook that is passed down from generation to generation? My family’s is The Betty Crocker Cookbook. I have a copy that I got when I got married, over 25 years ago, and I have my Great Grandmother’s copy. I’m not sure how old her copy is but I LOVE IT!!!! Her handwriting is in it!!! Making notes on recipes and adding recipes to the end pages. Pages are stained and there are newspaper clippings and small pamphlet recipe books stuck in it!! I just found a handwritten recipe card for one of my favorite family recipes tucked inside (more on this next week) and I have had the cookbook for over 25 years and just discovered it!! The cover is missing but that just makes it more special. It is a connection to family and recipes we have always made and to the Nana that would play under the table with me when I was a teeny tiny girl.
The beauty of the Betty Crocker Cookbook is that they have changed with the times and updated recipes but remained true, providing good basic recipes that cross the generations. Spritz Cookies is in my Nana’s copy and in mine and it has been very slightly adapted to meet the changes in ingredients and cooking styles but is basically the same cookie. It includes basic Main Dishes, Meats including how to use/bake different cuts, Baked goods (it’s the go to for Apple Pie), and just about every basic, classic recipe you can think of. If you don’t have it in your collection add it.
Do you still use paper cookbooks or do you rely on computer and Internet for your recipes? I use both but love the connection a paper cookbook provides, stains on a page and notes on favorite recipes are a connection the computer just doesn’t have. So I will keep buying and staining and notating cookbooks plus I will be printing Internet recipes to create paper cookbooks from them too.
On to the cookie!!! Spritz Cookies are so simple, only the most basic ingredients- butter, sugar, vanilla extract, egg, and flour – and yet so elegant because they are made with a cookie press. Yet they are so easy to mess up by overcooking, you need to find that perfect balance between overcooked and undercooked and with a Spritz Cookie it can happen within seconds. Plus you have to master the rhythm of the cookie press, otherwise you will be frustrated by the whole process and not want to make the cookie again. But it is worth it, a perfect Spritz Cookie is a thing of beauty and I have been known to eat a few and I seldom eat a cookie without chocolate (ok, the ones I eat probably have chocolate sprinkles but….really Spritz are worth the effort).
Add the Betty Crocker Cookbook to your collection if you don’t have it and make Spritz cookies. They are a classic and delicious!!
- 1 cup butter, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 ¼ cups flour
- ¼ tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Mix butter and sugar until fluffy.
- Add in egg and vanilla.
- Mix in flour and salt.
- Place dough in a cookie press and follow directions to create desired shapes.
- Bake 6-9 minutes until set. Do not overbake.
- Immediately remove from cookie sheets and place on wire drying racks.
Place cookie sheets in freezer - cookie press will work so much better. The cookie press works best on a cookie sheet without parchment paper.