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.
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?
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.
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.
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!
A twist on the Christmas classic, these clementine and clove spritz cookies are full of bright and warm holiday flavor.
You know how when you were a kid, and you were playing with Play-Doh, it took pretty much every ounce of willpower you had not to swirl all the colors together and make a beautiful ball of bright colors? And pretty much the only reason you didn’t do it is because you knew your Mom wouldn’t buy you any new Play-Doh and by swirling the colors together, you were essentially making the Play-Doh totally useless for any future projects?
For all of you grown-ups who wanted to swirl your Play-Doh together as a kid, these marble cookies are for you.
I think this cookie would be such a fun kitchen “art” project for kids and adults alike. I love the mixture of green and brown (for mint and chocolate, obviously), but you could really mix up whatever colors make you happy. Just divide up the dough, color, and swirl until you’re happy with the results.
I think the best way to get optimal marbleization (is that a word?) in the final cookie is to roll the dough into a log, freeze, and then to slice them, although, admittedly, that isn’t nearly as fun as using cookie cutters. You can definitely roll them out and go at them with your favorite gingerbread man, but they won’t be quite as fantastically marbled.
As far as the taste of these cookies, they are little more than a flavored version of my sugar cookies. They’re soft, tender, fluffy and way delicious. The addition of cocoa powder to the chocolate dough really helps transform the cookies from just colored sugar cookies to a whole new idea. As you can see, I just dusted the cookies with colored sugar, so you could still see the marbling, but I think this cookie would also be an awesome candidate for dipping in frosting. I think if you dipped these cookies half in a bright, white frosting, it’d be such a nice juxtaposition to the (sorta crazy) colored swirls.
These twirly, swirly marbled cookies are a fun (and tasty) kitchen art project for kids and adults alike.