Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies Recipe

Published on January 15th 2023 by Sarah Leadon.
Last updated on March 20th 2024
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We can thank Scandinavian and German countries for the great spritz cookies. The word spritz comes from the German term "spritzen," which means to squirt. The name cookies are squirted through a cookie press, hence the name spritz. 

This version of spritz cookies is made with a special ingredient: cream cheese. These cream cheese spritz cookies are delicious and easy to make. Best of all, these spritz cookies are the perfect Christmas gift, so you can share these delicious cookies with your family and friends. You can also bake some sugar cookies to add a little variety to your Christmas gift. 

*The nutrition information does not include the decorator's sugar.*

Why are my spritz cookies so hard?

Your spritz cookies could be hard because you added the flour and mixed it using a hand mixer or the paddle attachment of a stand mixer. Spritz cookies are extremely delicate, so it's easy to overmix the batter. It's best to mix in the flour with a spatula. 


Why are my spritz cookies sticking to the cookie press?

The spritz cookie dough may be too soft. Place the spritz cookie dough in the fridge for 3-4 minutes before pressing the cookie dough onto baking sheets. 


Should spritz cookies be decorated before or after baking?

If you want to decorate the spritz cookies with decorating sugar, do it before you bake the cookies. In contrast, if you want to decorate the spritz cookies with icing, decorate them after they have been baked and are completely cooled. 


How long will spritz cookies stay fresh?

Spritz cookies will last at room temperature for 3-5 days. However, you can also store them in the freeze for 1 month. Whichever method you choose, store the spritz cookies in airtight containers. 


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Time & Serves

Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
35 persons


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) Unsalted Butter, softened 


  • 4 oz. Cream Cheese, softened 


  • 1/2 cup Granular Sugar-Free Sweetener


  • 1 large Egg Yolk


  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract


  • 1 1/2 cups Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour 


  • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon 


  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt


  • Colored Decorators Sugar (optional)


Preheat the oven to 325 °F. 


Prepare oven for baking

Put butter, cream cheese, and sugar-free sweetener into a large bowl. Beat it with a hand mixer for 1 minute until it is fluffy. 


Prepare cream cheese, butter and sugar into mixing bowl

Mix the egg yolk and vanilla extract until combined. 


Adding egg yolk and vanilla

In a medium bowl, whisk the gluten-free all-purpose flour, cinnamon, and salt until combined. 


Prepare dry ingredients

Add the gluten-free flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix it in with a spatula until combined. Do not over-mix the spritz cookie batter. 


Mixing dry ingredients into wet ingredients

Transfer the spritz cookie dough to a cookie press. 


Prepare cookie press

Press the cookies out onto an unlined baking sheet, spacing the spritz cookies 1-inch apart.


Pressing dough using the cookie press

Sprinkle the spritz cookies with decorator sugar if desired. 


Decorating the Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Bake the spritz cookies for 7 minutes. Rotate the spritz cookies and bake them for another 8 minutes until they are lightly golden brown.  


Baking the Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Remove the spritz cookies from the oven. Let them cool on the pan for 5-7 minutes. 

Cooling the Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies

Serve & enjoy.

Serving the Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies
Sarah Leadon

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Sarah Leadon

Delve into the fusion of food and mood with Sarah. Discover the emotional journey within each recipe. Beyond the kitchen, she's an avid reader and music lover, lost in the rhythms of life.

More posts by Sarah Leadon