Happy St. Nicholas Day!

Posted By Carla Neggers

December 4, 2020

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Happy St. Nicholas Day!

It’s a festive holiday celebrated December 5-6. It’s popular in many places, perhaps especially the Netherlands, where my father was born and raised. Here’s a quick article that explains a bit about its origins: “The tradition of receiving small gifts from St. Nicholas began with Dutch children, who put out their shoes the night before so St. Nicholas could leave the gifts in them.”

When I was growing up, my father would make spritz cookies throughout the Christmas season. My six brothers and sisters and I  all loved to help him (that’s my recollection and I’m sticking to it!).

I remember the wonderful, buttery smell of the spritz cookies in the oven and how I couldn’t wait to taste them. Both are still true. They’re simple to make and fun to decorate:

SPRITZ COOKIES

Equipment: Cookie-press or pastry bag
Ingredients
3/4 c. sugar
1 c. unsalted butter
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt (or less)
Directions
Blend butter and sugar together until smooth. Add two egg yolks and extract and blend. Sift or whisk with a fork the flour and salt, then add to the butter-egg mixture and blend until combined well.

Chill (at least thirty minutes).

Using whatever shapes you like, put the chilled dough through the cookie-press (or pastry bag) onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Re-chill the dough if it becomes too soft and sticks.

Preheat oven to 350 F. and bake cookies for about 10 minutes, until just golden brown. Let cool and decorate with sprinkles or enjoy plain.