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Spritz cookies dipped in chocolate and decorated with colorful sprinkles

German Spritz Cookies (Spritzgebäck)

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 16-20 cookies
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: German


These delicious German Spritz Cookies are a holiday classic. Light, buttery, and dipped in chocolate, you can make these spritz cookies in any shape you like. They’re a tasty Christmas cookie and fun to make with the whole family!


  • 1 cup (224g) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups (293g) all purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 13 tsp milk
  • 68 oz melting chocolate
  • Sprinkles, optional


To Make the Cookies

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until light in color and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. You should be able to see the mixture lighten in color and get a creamy texture and know it’s ready.
  3. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  4. Add the vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
  5. Add the flour, baking powder and salt and mix until the dough is just combined, then remove the bowl from the mixer and finish combining with a rubber spatula, if needed. Do not over mix.
  6. Add milk a teaspoon at a time as needed to get a pipeable consistency. The best way to test this is to put a little bit in a piping bag and see if it pipes. You don’t want to add milk if you don’t need it, because then the cookies will spread more.
  7. Pipe the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet. I used Ateco tip 825 and found that to be the best size. I recommend an open star tip, as opposed to a closed star. You don’t want it to be too big or your cookies will spread more. They will spread a bit in the oven, so do leave some space between each cookie.
  8. Bake cookies for about 10-12 minutes, or just before they turn golden on the edges. Timing can vary by oven as well as the size of your piping tip and the size of cookie it makes.
  9. Remove cookies from the oven and allow to cool on the baking sheet for 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

Decorate the Cookies

  1. To dip the cookies in chocolate, melt the chocolate according to the package directions.
  2. Dip part of each cookie into the chocolate and then shake off the excess.
  3. Place on parchment paper to dry and add the sprinkles of your choice, if desired.


Store cookies in an air tight container at room temperature. They should stay good for up to a week.