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Have you been spending more time in your kitchen than any other room in your house?  Do you find yourself seeing strange shapes, like stars, angels, and snowmen?  Are your face, hair, and clothes covered in a generous dusting of flour?  Do you have a colorful selection of sprinkles that would make a rainbow jealous?  Then you’ve probably been busy making Christmas cookies!

Perhaps you’ve been making one of the most popular and traditional of Christmas cookies, the spritz.  German in origin, the spritz, or spritzgebäck, is a pressed cookie with a rich and buttery flavor.  Spritz presses come with discs of  varying designs, such as trees, wreaths, and flowers.

Late 19th Century Spritz Press

Late 19th Century Spritz Press

The discs are stored at the end of the press.  Due to age, the end is unable to be opened; however, several of the discs can be seen here.

The discs are stored at the end of the press. Due to age, the end is unable to be opened; however, several of the discs can be seen here.

This cookie press is likely from the 1940s-50s.  This press has a turn handle.

This cookie press is likely from the 1940s-50s. This press has a turn handle.

These vintage cookie cutters are unique.  An axe is at the left.  In the center are the playing card symbols: a spade, heart, club, and diamond.  A moon shaped cookie is at the right, as well as a biscuit cutter.

These vintage cookie cutters are unique. An axe is at the left. In the center are the playing card symbols: a spade, heart, club, and diamond. A moon shaped cookie is at the right, as well as a biscuit cutter.

Want to make your own spritz cookies?  Get inspired from these beautiful cookies here: Spritz Cookie Recipe

Happy Holidays from Midway Village Museum!  Time to get baking!

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