I have a love/hate relationship with spritz cookies. I love them when I can actually get them to extrude correctly. Most of the time it takes about 10 or 100 tries before they come out right, and then the dough runs out and I have to reload and start the process all over again, thus the hating them part. They’re such a cute cookie, especially when you add a fun and bright color to the dough. Not to mention that they are the perfect size to eat and lose track of how many you’ve eaten because they’re addicting. I saw this version and knew that I had to try them since they were CHOCOLATE!!! Yes, please!!
What you need:
- 3/4 C. semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 C. packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour
For the glaze:
- chocolate chips or bar etc.
How you make them:
In a large microwave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add flour and baking soda and mix well.
Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
Using a cookie press fitted with the disk of your choice, press dough 2 inches apart . Bake at 375° for 7 minutes.
Cool completely. Meanwhile melt your chocolate, add a few drops of peppermint oil. Use a small amount of shortening (if desired) to thin the chocolate. Drizzle over cookies. Let dry.
I ran cross this recipe awhile back. I was intrigued because it uses a cookie mix. i typically don’t by them, but I liked the sound of the cookie and thought “hey that might be a nice quick cookie recipe to have on hand.” After making these cookies, I sent them to my husbands office, and forgot to take a single picture of them. Sorry!! Everyone at this office really liked the cookies!
Preheat your oven to 375º
1 pouch Betty Crocker snickerdoodle cookie mix
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon water
1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate chips
Beat together cream cheese and butter until smooth.
Open cookie mix.
Set aside cinnamon sugar packet.
Add water, egg and cookie mix to cream cheese mixture.
Stir until soft dough forms.
Add in cranberries and white chocolate chips.
Cover & refrigerate 30 minutes, then drop rounded spoonfuls of dough into cinnamon sugar.
Roll to coat.
Place two inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet.
Bake a 375º for 8-9 minutes until edges are set.
Cool one minute then transfer to cooling rack.
My husband loves thumbprint cookies, he grew up making them with his mom. I guess it’s a combination of the flavor and the memories. I’ve never been one for fruit/jam cookie, so it’s not one that I usually make. When I asked him what some of his favorite Christmas cookies were this was the first cookie he mentioned. Although the one that he grew up with wasn’t shortbread and the cookie was rolled in nuts before the thumbprint and jam were added. I found this recipe and thought I’d give it a try.
The ingredients are simple. All you need is…
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam (apparently this didn’t make it into the picture!)
For the glaze:
- 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 teaspoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- In a medium bowl, cream together butter and white sugar until smooth. Mix in 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Mix in flour until dough comes together. Roll dough into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on ungreased cookie sheets.
- Get a small helper or two to assist with step 4.
- Make a small hole in the center of each ball, using your thumb and finger, and fill the hole with preserves.
- Bake for 14 to 18 minutes in preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Let cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet.
- In a medium bowl, mix together the confectioners’ sugar, 3/4 teaspoon almond extract, and milk until smooth. Drizzle lightly over warm cookies.
Everyone enjoyed these. I hope you do too.
I am linking up with my friend Jackie, who asked me to participate in a top five for 2011 on her blog JackiesRandomThoughts.
So I typically share things about crafting and sewing. As I began to think about what I could do a top five list on, I quickly lost all ideas that seemed remotely interesting. No one really wants to hear a list like “Top things I thought would never happen that happened in 2011…1. I turned thirty, 2. I had a third child, 3. We bought a minivan” and so on, you get it not so exciting. I thought about books? No, my selections are not so interesting. Music? Too hard to narrow down. Cooking? Hmm…cookies?? Yes! How about favorite cookies or cookies that I really want to make?? That’s it! So, my top five list is…
Top five Christmas cookies that I want to make before Christmas 2011…
They’re in no particular order yet, because I haven’t tried them. I will be sharing the recipe and a picture with you over the next week or two as I make them. I will let you know my favorite once I’ve tried (and probably eaten way too many of) each one.