Holiday dessert traditions have always been something in my life with some starting with my grandma or my mother so it is up to me to continue those traditions. Spritz Cookies is a holiday tradition I continue on with making it for Christmas every year now for the past six plus years. It is a butter cookie that when you add some food coloring and use a cookie press gives you great holiday shape cookies like wreaths or Christmas trees. They are a light and small cookie so very easy to just want to keep popping them down since are super delicious. Each year I fill one cookie tray which totals 80 to 90 cookies. Generally, the cookies are topped with red or green sugar sprinkles to give them a bit more color, it helps to use small sprinkles since is going on small cookies.
With the Spritz Cookies set up on the tray, I had my photo already setup so it was more of a matter of logo and layout design. For the logo, a playful and festive font was going to be the best choice for “Spritz” to match what kind of food item it is and a simple sans-serif for “Cookies” for contrast. The word “Cookies” was aligned perfectly under “Spritz” to where it did not go past the “Z” or bottom of the “P” in “Spritz”. A last touch for the logo was changing the dot in the “i” for Spritz to a star since this is a cookie that is pressed in different shapes like a star.
The second part to the design is the layout with the focus here was to create a holiday scene for the photo to appear through. Dividing the total image by three vertically, the left third was left blank for the logo and to contrast the photo while the right two third was the holiday scene. For the scene, the main part was a Christmas Wreath and a nice big bow with the background for it a two part wall that has lights along the left side. To make the scene work, it was used as a mask where the photo only shows through in the black parts. Masking is a great editing technique to hid parts of an image or to create a custom shape the image appears through.