Spritz cookies have always been a holiday tradition in our household for the Christmas season. I could eat a whole batch to myself when I was younger (let's be real, I still could). My great grandmother was 100% Swedish and I'm assuming it was her Scandinavian ancestry that gave us our traditional recipe we make each year.
Since adopting a Paleo lifestyle six years ago I have tried many spritz recipes and was never fully satisfied, but now my search can stop. I used my great grandmothers recipe, but switched two ingredients and now we have our new annual spritz recipe. These cookies are perfectly buttery and sweet with a hint of almond. The texture is so amazing that I don't miss a thing with this gluten-free cookie recipe; even the method of pressing them is the same. I made my own dye-free matcha and spirulina sprinkles to top my Christmas tree cookies. (see notes for instructions)
½ cup butter, room temp
¼ cup finely ground coconut palm sugar (see note 1)
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup (140g) cassava flour (I use Otto's Naturals)
Sprinkles (optional, see note 2)
In a medium size bowl cream together butter, egg, coconut sugar, salt and almond extract until it has the texture of frosting, about 3 minutes. Add cassava flour and mix on medium-high speed until dough forms, about 4 minutes. The dough is now ready to be placed in the cookie press (like this one). Press onto a baking sheet and top with sprinkles, if you choose. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. These cookies may look underdone when you pull them out, but they will set up just right; they can over bake easily.
*Note 1- You can use cane sugar for a Low-FODMAP cookie in place of coconut sugar, but it will no longer be Paleo "legal".
*Note 2 -
Spirulina Sprinkles - 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina for the green tree color. Spirulina can be found at any natural food store and is likely in the supplement section in bulk, or purchased online. It has many health benefits and is a much better choice than sprinkles made from petroleum dye. Cinnamon and coconut palm sugar mixed together make a great sprinkle substitute as well.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 8 minutes
Yields: 45-50 cookies (depending on the shape of press you choose)