Just a quickie, squeezed in-between long retail shifts, delightful social engagements, and walking two dogs – twice a day – while Sheila’s scampering around Scandinavia.

These are basic, butter Spritz cookies (cue the Sven-Ole arguments whether they’re originally Swedish or Norwegian or Danish) that sub out some of the butter for a healthy(?) glug of egg nog.

Dust with a little cinnamon and nutmeg, if you like, for a snickerdoodle mash-up; sprinkle with sanding sugar; or just leave ’em plain.

Happy holidays to one and all.

S’s and O’s are traditional in Norway. Why? No idea. My mom always
makes the O’s as wreaths. She knows best, so I do it, too.

Preheat oven to 350º.

  • 8 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • scant 1 cup granulated sugar (I figured the added sugar in the nog made up the balance)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup egg nog
  • cinnamon/nutmeg or sugar for dusting

Cream together butter, sugar, and vanilla for at least one minute until fluffy.

Yep. Spritzen means “to squirt.”

Add flour, salt, and 1/4 cup of egg nog. Beat on low. The dough will be really crumbly and shaggy. Stream in just enough of the remaining nog for the dough to hold together.


Use a pastry bag or cookie press with a star tip to pipe pretzel, S, wreath, or candy-cane shapes onto baking sheets. Dust with sugar or cinnamon and nutmeg.

I always have a devil of a time with the kooky shapes, so I usually stick
with the star tip. They are cool, though, aren’t they?

Bake for 14-16 minutes, rotating pan half-way through, until golden on the bottom.

Makes about 4 dozen cookies, depending on size.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Diane Crawshaw says:

    Sounds great. Hope I have time to make some!

    1. Susan says:

      How about I bring you a couple, and you save your egg nog for French toast?

  2. Happy holidays, Susan!! I’m sure you enjoyed the holidays, but I’m also sure part of you is happy for a slower season ahead. I surely am. Being in the hospitality industry during the month of December is taxing, and it all goes by way too quickly. I’m also with you on going with the simple star-shaped mold. I have got those down. I can never get the Christmas tree right. It’s either a big blob or little pieces that don’t quite fit together. I’ll get it one of these days! I hope you have a great NYE!

    1. Susan says:

      You, too! I’m in the wind-down, for sure. Like clockwork, I get a cold right after Christmas. Every. Year. Even though I know it’s coming, I can never seem to ward it off. Oh well. A few days in the slow lane is good, too, right? Cheers!

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