Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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Posted on Dec 13, 2014 in Food

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies
Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

12 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Back to Her Roots

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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?

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

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!

Enjoy.

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

Total Time: 16 minutes

Yield: 4 dozen cookies

Clementine and Clove Spritz Cookies

A twist on the Christmas classic, these clementine and clove spritz cookies are full of bright and warm holiday flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Juice and zest of 2 clementines
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add in the egg and vanilla, and mix until well combined.
  3. Add in the cloves, juice, zest, and salt. Mix until well-combined. Add in the flour and mix until well-combined.
  4. Take a handful of the dough, roll into a log, and load into the barrel of a cookie press. Fit cookie press with desired die, and shoot dough onto ungreased cooking sheets. Sprinkle with granulate sugar or sprinkles. Then bake in preheated oven for 7-10 minutes or until the edges of the cookies just begin to brown.
  5. Let cool on cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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Mint-Chocolate Marble Cookies

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Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Food

Mint-Chocolate Marble Cookies

Mint Chocolate Marble Cookies

12 Christmas Cookie Recipes from Back to Her Roots

Mint Chocolate Marble Cookies

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.

Mint Chocolate Marble Cookies

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.

Mint Chocolate Marble Cookies

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.

Mint Chocolate Marble Cookies

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.

Enjoy!

Mint-Chocolate Marble Cookies

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 2 dozen cookies

Mint-Chocolate Marble Cookies

These twirly, swirly marbled cookies are a fun (and tasty) kitchen art project for kids and adults alike.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups butter (1 1/2 sticks), softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, divided
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6-8 drops green food coloring
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • Sprinkles for decorating, optional

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, scraping the sides as necessary. Add in the eggs, vanilla extract and peppermint extract.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together 2 1/2 cups of flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in two additions—mixing completely after each.
  4. Divide the dough in half. Place half of the dough back in the mixer, and add the remaining flour and mix to combine. Add in the green food coloring and mix until evenly distributed. Remove green dough from mixer.
  5. Place the second half of the dough in the mixer, add in the cocoa powder and mix to combine.
  6. Separate each color of dough into 3-4 pieces, and then mash and swirl the pieces together to make a marbled texture. Form the dough into two 2-inch wide logs. Wrap the logs in plastic wrap, and place in freezer for 15-20 minutes, or until solid enough to slice without squishing.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°.
  8. Remove the dough from the freezer, with a sharp knife, slice through the dough, making 1/4" rounds. Place the rounds on an ungreased baking sheet, decorate with sprinkles, if desired, and bake in preheated oven for 7-8 minutes.
  9. Let cookies cool for 1-2 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
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