Sunday, December 18, 2011

Cookie of the Day Off and the Wonderous Mirro Cookie Press

Of all the cookies (all 3 of them so far) Spritz Cookies were the only ones that my mother ever made.  She would try a few new things now and then but these were an every Christmas kind of thing and they are for me too!  One of the interesting things about these is that they are made using the Mirro Cookie Press

This is of course not my own Mirro Cookie Press

Every year my mom and my brother Dan (I suspect the others eventually joined us but I for some reason don't remember them) and I would gather together in the kitchen and make these tasty cookies.  The only problem with them and the wonderful press is, the cookies look nothing like what they are supposed to and they still do not to this day.  A few years ago I misplaced the booklet that came with the cookies and have tried many other spritz cookies, none lived up to the ones we would make in the kitchen in Bayport (if there was any cookie dough left to bake).  Through the wonder of the internet all I needed to do was type in Mirro Cookie Press Spritz Cookie Recipe and viola!  So here it is in all its glory (and total lack of shape).

Not my cookies!
2 1/4 cups sifted all purp flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 cup shortening
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together.
With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until mixture has very small lumps. It will resemble pie crust but not as coarse.
Measure the egg in measuring cup - add water up to 1/4 total volume. Add egg and vanilla and beat mixture very well.
Fill Mirro press - form cookies on ungreased pan, bake (375degrees) for 10-12 minutes. Remove at once to cooling rack.
Shortening of course means butter to me!


  1. mmm, spritz cookies. I like the horse/dog/w/e one. And the camel. And the wreath. 'cause that one always looks more or less right.

    Which I guess is actually the one you're supposed to use to make starts, but always works better as wreaths.

  2. These remind me of the cookies my grandmother used to make. I'm not much of a cookie eater (I know, I'm a freak) so I don't remember the taste, but the look is just the same!

  3. They taste kinda like how something would if a shortbread cookie and a sugar cookie had a kid. Not crazy sweet, not crazy crunchy.

  4. You explain the taste exactly right J. When I went to make the cookies yesterday, almost everyone of my shapes is missing...I had to make candy canes. They taste good, just don't necessarily look right to me.

  5. Thank you Colleen, your last post has inspired Linda, she will be making new cookies, NUM NUM!!