Darálós keksz – Spritz cookies, meat grinder cookies

by | Dec 22, 2016 | Breads, buns & biscuits

Spritz cookies or Spritzgebäck is a type of German Christmas biscuits made with flour, sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. These simple cookies can be flavoured with ingredients like chocolate, nuts and cocoa. When made correctly, the cookies are crisp, somewhat dry and buttery.

The Hungarian name of spritz cookies is darálós keksz (meat grinder cookies), which implies that we use a meat grinder and a special cookie shaper set instead of a cookie press to form the cookies.

The dough comes together very, very quickly and is so easy to work with. Creaming the butter and  sugar is the first step to produce light and crispy cookies. It’s important to add the eggs gradually, one at a time, and cream the mixture until egg is fully incorporated.

Meat grinder with special cookie shaper

Creaming can be done by machine but the flour should be mixed in by hand; this method helps you avoid overdeveloping gluten and prevents the dough becoming tough and dense.

Spritz cookies are great any time of year, but they’re especially nice around the holidays because you can decorate them with melted chocolate, royal icing or colorful sugar sprinkles. They make a great gift to give friends, family and neighbors.

Spritz cookies - Darálós keksz
Darálós keksz – Meat grinder cookies – photo: zserbo.com
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