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My mom bought me a cookie press when she came down to visit around Christmas last year. I was so excited! I was worried that it might get damaged in the impending holiday culinary insanity, so I put it safely away in the pantry and forgot about it until my mom and I started our Christmas baking this year. We wanted to try one of the more complex spritz cookie recipes for our very first batch, and this recipe for Dark Chocolate Drizzled Orange Cinnamon Spritz Cookies was just what we were looking for.
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated orange zest
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon shortening
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
- In medium bowl, combine flour, cinnamon and salt; blend well with wire whisk or fork. Set aside.
- In large bowl, combine butter and sugar; beat on low to medium speed until well blended. Add flour mixture, orange extract, vanilla, grated orange zest and egg; beat on low speed until well blended.
- Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough out onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake 7 to 9 minutes or until set. Immediately remove from cookie sheets to wire rack to cool.
- In small microwave bowl, microwave chocolate chips and shortening uncovered on High for 45 seconds; stir. Microwave another 10-15 seconds and stir until melted and smooth. Spoon into small resealable freezer plastic bag. Cut small tip off one corner of bag and drizzle over cookies. Let cookies stand until chocolate is set or place in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes to quickly set.
- Overall, I feel like spritz cookies are cookies that have to be enjoyed with something. Tea, coffee, warm holiday beverage of choice, but they need a little help getting the flavor party started. This recipe was a lot more flavorful than the spritz recipes I’ve tasted in the past; the chocolate, orange and spice made for a pretty delicious bite, but it was even better with a mug of spice tea.
- The recipe claimed to make 84 cookies, but my press only produced 57 so go into the baking process aware that you may need a double depending on your equipment.
- If you aren’t feeling up to the work involved in creating the pretty chocolate drizzle, I think the application of a semi-sweet chocolate chip to the center of each cookie (think tiny peanut butter blossoms) as they come out of the oven will work just as well.