Sunday, June 13, 2010

chocolate spritz cookies




whenever my niece is over we bake something chocolate-y. even if i happened to spend too many hours making a giant chocolate cake a few days before...

recipe:

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

preheat oven at 375 F. cream together butter and sugars. add vanilla and eggs and mix well. sift flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into the wet ingredients and mix until combined. form logs from the dough and use in a cookie press. if you don't have a cookie press, you could still form logs from the dough and refrigerate them until they are stiff enough to slice. bake for 10 minutes. once completely cooled, you can decorate them with various icings.



note: this recipe makes about 75 spritz cookies and the process is very kid friendly.

base icing:

1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/2 tablespoon unsweetened soy milk
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

after mixing the icing ingredients together, i drizzled it on some of the cookies then topped some with toasted coconut and some with pink himalayan salt (my favorite of the combos).

spiced chocolate icing:

same as the base icing with an additional 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, and 1/4 tsp cayenne


clockwise from top left: dusted with cocoa and confectioner's sugar, iced and topped with toasted coconut, iced and sprinkled with pink himalayan salt, drizzled with spicy chocolate icing.

4 comments:

Alyssa said...

Hi, just stumbled on your blog, and love it! These cookies look great! Just wondering what sort of texture do these have? Are they crispy or more soft and tender? Thank you.

ck said...

hi alyssa,

they are more of a crisp cookie. they start out a little softer on the inside (on baking day), but they keep really well and develop more of an overall crisp without becoming too hard. traditional spritz cookie recipes have almost double the butter and sugar so their texture is a bit different. these are a little lighter and in my opinion nicer. hope that answers your question, and thanks for stopping by : )

ajcabuang04 said...

I have a cookie press and always wondered what shape the "plate" you used would make. Now I know it makes a heart!! haha. Looks great!

Would you mind checking out my blog? :D http://ajscookingsecrets.blogspot.com/

ck said...

hey aj,

my cookie press came with an image next to each plate that shows what the cookie would look like, so if you have questions about other plates, let me know.
i checked out your blog and it seems you've got quite the sweet tooth and a real passion for blueberries! i'm hoping to make a blueberry pie next week myself : )

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