Spiced Spritz with Browned Butter Glaze

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I originally found this recipe in the 2012 Land O Lakes holiday cookies publication.  One reason I love this publication is that it has great tips, like what to do when you want to make spritz cookies and don’t have a cookie press.  Did you know you could use an icing bag with a large star tip and pipe a 2-inch circle?  Me neither!  Another thing I love is that these cookies make amazing gifts, and are a great winter version of those wonderful buttery spritz cookies.

Cookie Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place butter in large bowl and beat at medium speed for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add sugar, pie spice, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Continue beating, scraping the bowl occasionally, until well mixed.
  5. Add egg and vanilla, beating well.
  6. Add flour and beat until well mixed.
  7. Place dough in press and press cookies onto cookies sheets, 2 inches apart.
  8. Bake 5-8 minutes.  Edges of cookies should be set, but not browned.
  9. Remove to wire rack and cool completely.
  10. Once cookies are cool, melt butter for glaze in heavy saucepan over medium heat.  Continue cooking, stirring constantly and watching closely until butter just starts to turn golden (3-5 minutes).
  11. Immediately remove butter from heat and cool slightly.
  12. Combine browned butter and powdered sugar in medium bowl.  Add vanilla and enough milk for desired glaze consistency.
  13. Drizzle over cooled cookies.

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