Easy to make and fun to eat, cream cheese spritz cookies are a Christmas classic that are a fantastic addition to any cookie platter.

Small plate with several spritz cookies decorated with red and green sugar.

I’m finally coming through with a Christmas cookie recipe, and it’s a classic. With a little Rachel Cooks twist, of course! I tuck these away in the freezer for all the upcoming Christmas events.

You’ll need a cookie press for this recipe – I’ve had mine forever but only use it at Christmas. This is the one I have and I have no complaints about it, but there are a lot of different brands to choose from.

Overhead of several spritz cookies in a variety of shapes on a slate background.

Beyond the cookie press, these cream cheese spritz cookies are very simple. Lots of butter, full-fat cream cheese, sugar, flour. Paula Deen would be proud. You have to eat them while you’re sipping on your own homemade egg nog

I add my own twist by sprinkling in some nutmeg. I adore the flavor that nutmeg gives to otherwise simple cookies. I always add it to my sugar  cookie cut-outs. The nutmeg is what sets these apart from cookies you buy at the grocery store. It’s the ingredient that will have people asking for the recipe after they try one of these cookies.

Overhead of spritz cookies on rectangular platter.

Spritz cookies also a super fun cookie to have the kids help with because of the press and sprinkling on the sugar. I didn’t have my kids help because I’m the worst type-A mom ever, but for a mom (or dad!) with patience in the kitchen I’m sure it would be fun. 

Several decorated spritz cookies on rectangular white plate.

Fun twists on these Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies:

  • Add different extracts instead of vanilla. Try peppermint (1/4 teaspoon will likely be enough, it’s potent), almond, or lemon.
  • Add food coloring to make these cookies festive colors!
  • Dip into chocolate for extra decadence.

Cookies on plate, with other stacked around it, on slate.

Enjoy these fun cookies! Did I mention that they freeze beautifully? Cool them completely and store in an airtight container for up to a month. Take some of the pressure off by doing a little baking well in advance. I like to keep a log of slice and bake cookie dough in the freezer, too, like these crispy sand tart cookies, for easy last minute baking. 

More great Christmas cookie recipes:



Cream Cheese Spritz Cookies for Christmas

4.32 from 257 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 60 -70 cookies
Easy to make and fun to eat, cream cheese spritz cookies are a Christmas classic that are a fantastic addition to any cookie platter.
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  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened (2sticks)
  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened (full-fat is best)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • decorator's sugar, optional


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer and cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light in color and fluffy.
  • Add egg yolk and vanilla extract and beat until combined.
  • Add flour, nutmeg, and salt and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Using a cookie press, press the cookies out onto (unlined) baking sheets about an inch apart from each other. If desired, sprinkle with colored decorator's sugar.
  • Bake for 15 minutes -- they will still be light in color when baked.


  • Don't use parchment paper lined baking sheets for this recipe as it will make it very difficult to use the cookie press.


Serving: 2cookies, Calories: 74kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 8mg, Sodium: 27mg, Sugar: 7g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Dina says:

    Do you have to refrigerate befor loading press?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      No, you shouldn’t! It will be very hard to press through if the dough is chilled.

  2. Rose says:

    3 stars
    THere is no mention of baking powder/soda in the recipe and mine came out flat as wafers.

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      We make these every year and they aren’t flat. Did you use enough flour?

  3. Lori L Certalic says:

    Going to make these tonight, DON’T grease the cookie sheets?? Thank you :)

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Correct! If you grease the pan, the cookies won’t release from the cookie press. Hope you love them!

  4. Joan Wasdovitch says:

    I don’t have fresh nutmeg, can I use the ground nutmeg that comes in a container?

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      Yes, definitely!

  5. Liz says:

    5 stars
    These turned out sooooooo great!! Super easy and very yummy. Put a batch in the freezer to save for Christmas Eve. Thank you for another great recipe!

    1. Rachel Gurk says:

      I’m so glad you liked them! Thank you for taking the time to leave a review!