My family has been making these classic Christmas tree spritz cookies, a kind of German butter cookie, for as long as I can remember! I have lots of fond memories of making these cookies with my grandmother and my mom while growing up.
Each year we always left these cookies for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, on a plate that was painted like a snowman's face, along with a glass of milk for dunking the cookies. It wouldn't be the holidays to me without these little green Christmas tree cookies, and I continue to make them every year!
You will need a special cookie press in order to make this recipe, which has differently little disks to press out different shaped kinds of cookies. My grandmother would sometimes make cookies in both the tree shape and a wreath shape, and the best part was always eating the raw dough rejects that came out of the press looking imperfect, and then sprinkling on the nonpareils or sanding sugar just before popping them into the oven.
These are great dipped in milk or a cup of warm hot chocolate.