Baby Sea Turtles, a Volcano, & the Perfect Spritz Cookies

I HAVE to share… My family and I were able to escape our frigid New York weather for Valentine’s Day this year. It was WONDERFUL! 🙂

Besides being relaxed and warm, we were able to enjoy the sunset from the top of a volcano,

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and release baby sea turtles into the Pacific Ocean each night after sunset. (When the sky was free from pelicans, hawks, and vultures! :/ )

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Amazing!!

Before we left on our trip, I did squeeze in a Valentine’s Day dessert (of course!). This is a simple and amazing recipe for what I think are the perfect spritz cookies. When working as a chef years ago, the father of one of my daughter’s best friends made thousands of these cookies. (TWENTY thousand in a weekend for a single event to be exact- I am happy he is still willing to make them!) He has since made them with his kids and their friends (including my lucky daughter!) and I have been the fortunate recipient of not only warm cookies but also the fabulous recipe. I’m happy to share it this week with my friends at Fiesta Friday #57 at The Novice Gardener. By changing the cookie press shape, they are perfect for any occasion! We ate most of them plain but sandwiched some of them with dulce de leche or Biscoff spread. Yum! 🙂

Perfect Spritz Cookies

  • 8 oz butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 3 oz (6 T) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees on convection.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream butter and cream cheese on medium speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add sugar; beat to combine.
  4. Add egg yolk and vanilla; beat well.
  5. Add salt and cinnamon; beat to combine.
  6. Slowly add flour and mix on low speed until incorporated.
  7. Using a cookie press, pipe onto parchment-lined cookie sheets.
  8. Bake for 11 to 12 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on a wire rack.

One Year Ago:

Two Years Ago:

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About Josette@thebrookcook

I live in Stony Brook, New York on Long Island. I love garlic and baking. My hobby (and love) is to try new recipes. My favorite recipe resources include The New York Times, Food and Wine, Bon Appetit, and Martha Stewart Living. Enjoy!

22 responses to “Baby Sea Turtles, a Volcano, & the Perfect Spritz Cookies

  1. Lucky you for that beautiful vacation ☺️. You sure had a good time.
    A very good n doable recipe :).

  2. Wonderful vacation and those baby sea turtles, how fantastic that you helped release them when it was safe for them. The cookies look great.

  3. Yum! These are so good for my tea right now. 😀

  4. I love spritz cookies and made a bunch over the holidays. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime. Your pictures remind me of good times on the Big Island (my brother lives there) and being so close to the crater 🙂

  5. Oh how precious, lovely those baby sea turtles, what a wonderful opportunity to have experienced that. Those cookies are gorgeous 🙂

  6. Cookies looks yummy, but baby turtles!? What a holiday!! The picture of those little baby turtles paddling away is like an ad for a dream holiday. My eyes are turning green….

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  9. I love Spritz, and seeing the baby turtles was such a treat! 🙂

  10. Where did play with turtles? Everyone loves baby turtles. Oh and the cookies look great.

  11. Seems like you had a great time. Love the little turtles! Lovely cookie recipe 🙂

  12. Very cute cookies. Looks like you had a fun time during the vacation. The turtles look soo cute. 🙂

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