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Christmas Butter Spritz Cookie

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During the hustle and bustle of the holidays you can simplify your holiday baking workload by hosting a cookie swap.  Invite a group of friends, and have each person make enough of one kind of cookie to share.  At the party, sample the treats, then trade and package them in appealing assortments. Everyone leaves with finished gifts and plenty of new recipes.  And what a wonderful way to share healthy raw cookies that will warm the heart and fill the tummy.   Spritz cookies are a great cookie to make for this occasion.  You’ve probably consumed spritz cookies before even if you didn’t know that’s what they were called.  Don’t confuse them with sugar cookies or cut-outs.  They are dense, buttery, crunchy little biscuits (when baked) but this raw version of spritz cookie is more on the chewy side.

~ How to host a Cookie Exchange ~

Step 1 ~ Send out invitations 3-4 weeks in advance.  Seven to ten people are ideal.  Instruct your guests to bring a cookie to share, recipe cards, and pretty wrapping supplies for packaging up cookies to take home.

Step 2 ~ Choose cookies to bring.  Ask each person to bring a dozen cookies for each person attending, plus an extra dozen for sampling.  This will assure that each person will go home with several dozen cookies that they can share and give as gifts.   You can assign a particular cookie to the guests or just allow them to bring their “family favorite”…  there tends to be much more joy in that plus you usually learn some neat stories.

Step 3 ~ Create a display. Have folding tent cards ready along with extra pens.  That way each guest can write down what the name of their cookie is.  It might be a good idea to have them make a special notes on the card, such as; gluten-free, contains nuts, etc.   Create a display table with plates at different heights to further make the arrangement oven more enticing.   I will usually place a table cloth on the table, stagger different sized boxes on top and then drape a second table cloth over them.

Step 4 ~ Create a packaging station.  Each guest that brings wrapping paper, boxes, tins, ribbon, plastic wrap, gift tags, etc.  It’s a good idea to provide some extra white boxes, tape and ribbon for those who may forget or not be able to bring much.

Step 5 ~ Enjoy the feast!  Have each guest place a plate  of cookies on the table (this is that extra dozen I was talking about). Place the stack of recipes near each cookie.  Once the table is set, let the party begin!  Sample cookies, sip tea, laugh and cherish the time that you have with your loved ones.  When it’s time to trade, set out the remaining cookies.  Have each person browse the table and take their share of cookies and recipes cards.  Take all their goodies to the packaging table and have them wrap up their cookies.  Each person will leave with joy in their heart, a fully belly and warm memories!

 Now it’s time to get busy in making your raw Christmas Butter Spritz Cookie.  One quick thing before I let you go… I used butter flavoring in this recipe and if you are against using that you can substitute macadamia nuts for the cashews, since they can have a slight undertone of a buttery flavor, but it won’t be as strong.  Enjoy and many blessings.

Ingredients: yields 32 cookies (using a cookie press)

Preparation:

  1. If you make your own almond meal, be sure to remove the skins from the almonds if you want your cookie to be creamy white color.
  2. In a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, break down the almonds, cashews, and coconut into a flour – individually.
  3. Now combine the flours, coconut, salt, agave, vanilla bean seeds and extracts.  Process until it starts sticking together and forms a ball.
  4. Place the dough in the cookie press tube and follow the manufactures instructions.  It’s very easy.
  5. Dry at 115 degrees for approximately 8-10 hours. Or until desired dryness is reached.  This will keep up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.

Suggested Sous Chef Substitutions:

  • Butter flavoring ~ try additional vanilla extract instead
  • Cashews ~ replace with macadamia nuts

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Christmas Butter Spritz Cookie

  1. Roberta says:

    I love your ideas.Keep them coming. Love your sight

  2. Janel says:

    These cookies look lovely! I wondered if you knew that the butter flavor in this recipe and that you promote on your site has propylene glycol in it. This is a carcinogen and is in antifreeze. Could you recommend a substitute? I would love to try these.

  3. Beth Poetsch says:

    These look incredible. You are so talented and creative. Thanks for all sharing all of your hard work with us.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Beth, I appreciate your kind words. I hope my passion is contagious. :) If so, you have officially been warned. hehe Have a great day, amie sue

  4. Marlene says:

    What kind of container should I store the cookies in? If I can freeze them, what would be the best container to freeze them?

    • amie-sue says:

      Marlene,
      Store them in an airtight container. Make sure they are BPA free and made for the freezer. Place the cookies in the containers in single layers and put wax paper in between the layers so they don’t stick. amie sue

  5. Nancy says:

    I almost cried when I saw this! These are my all time favorite cookies, and I was missing them terribly this holiday season. I will have to nix the cashew flour and use macadamia, but I cannot wait to make these!

    Could I ask that you put an approximate quantity of what a recipe will deliver. I am the only raw food person in my house and I end up with tons of leftover items….and I am still experimenting with what freezes well, and what doesnt!

    Thank you so much!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Nancy :) You are too sweet. I hope you make them. I indicated above that I made about 32 spritz cookies. It will vary of course on the size of your cookies but that is a basic amount you can expect. :) Keep me posted if you make them… they are addictive! amie sue

  6. Jody says:

    Can I substitute coconut flour for the cashew flour?

  7. Barbara says:

    Can I make them without a cookie press tube? I don’t have one :-(

    • amie-sue says:

      Of course you can Barbara. You can roll the dough out flat and use cookie cutters, you can roll the dough into a long tube shape and cut into circles… the sky is the limit. Enjoy, amie sue

  8. Nicole says:

    Your website is literally the best raw website I have ever been to! I also love that you write everyone back. That is so great. Your desserts are so beautiful too!

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you so much Nicole. :) I do my best to answer every question that comes my way. I love the “community” that we have built here. Have a blessed weekend,amie sue

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