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Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies on a white plate with clementines and cloves nearby

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Holiday Recipe

16 minutes

A twist on the Christmas classic, these clementine and clove spritz cookies are full of bright and warm holiday flavor.

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I’ve done a lot of hating on crunchy cookies over the past few weeks. It’s no secret that my preference is for chewy, gooey, soft cookies, but I do have a soft spot (hard spot?) in my heart for one crunchy cookie—the sweet, delicate, adorable spritz cookie.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

I think part of why I love spritz cookies so much is that they are just so darn fun to make. I pull out my cookie press exactly once a year, but it is still one of my favorite things to do around the holidays. I mean. It’s a gun. That shoots out cookies. How awesome is that?

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

The name “spritz” comes from the German word spritzen which means “to squirt,” which refers to how the dough is squirted out of the cookie press to form the cookies. The standard recipe for spritz cookies is buttery and sweet, and delicious all on its own, but I tend to like to dress up my spritz cookies with a little bit of festive flavor. This version uses two classic holiday flavors—clementines and cloves.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

I love having a couple of these cookies with a mug of tea. These are not decadent cookies. They are light, delicate, and just a little bit sweet. They’re the perfect cookie if you’re looking for a little bit of a treat, but don’t want to overload yourself with a sugar bomb.

Typically, you’ll find a lot of spritz cookies decked out to the nines with food coloring, sprinkles, and other candies, but I like to keep my spritz cookies pretty simple—I just sprinkle them with a bit of sugar right before baking. It gives them a really beautiful shimmer.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

We’re spending this weekend with my family celebrating Christmas—I’m leaving my computer at home and enjoying my family! I hope you have absolutely wonderful weekend!


Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Cook Time: 16 mins
  • Total Time: 16 mins
  • Yield: 4 dozen cookies 1x


A twist on the Christmas classic, these clementine and clove spritz cookies are full of bright and warm holiday flavor.



  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Juice and zest of 2 clementines
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the egg and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  3. Add in the cloves, juice, zest, and salt. Mix until well-combined. Add in the flour and mix until well-combined.
  4. Take a handful of the dough, roll into a log, and load into the barrel of a cookie press. Fit cookie press with desired die, and shoot dough onto ungreased cooking sheets. Sprinkle with granulated sugar or sprinkles. Then bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.
  5. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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Cassie Johnston

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  • Laurence SAYS

    I don’t have a cookie press. Is there a way to do this recipe without it? I am really excited to try a few of your cookie recipes next week!

    • Cassie SAYS

      Hmm. You could probably roll them thin and use cookie cutters. Although you might need to chill the dough first.

  • I’m actually not a fan of crunchy cookies either but LOVE spritz cookies. Does it get any better than an almost straight butter cookie? Orange and cloves are perfect together and now I’m dreaming of them in spritz cookie form. Pinned :)

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