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Chocolate Spritz Cookies Recipe for Cookie Press

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Chocolate Spritz Cookies Recipe

© 2012 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
Use your cookie press to make fast work of chocolate spritz cookies for holidays or special occasions. They are called "spritz" cookies because of the way they squirt from the press. Once you have baked the cookies, you can decorate them with icing, sprinkles, jimmies, or dip them in chocolate. The peppermint flavoring is optional.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces (2 squares) unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Silver, gold, white, or colored nonpareil candy decorations, optional

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar together until mixed well. Add egg, milk, vanilla, and peppermint extract, if using, and beat until incorporated. Stir in melted chocolate until combined.

In a separate bowl, combine flour and salt until mixed. Add flour gradually to the wet ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined.

Using a cookie press, force cookie dough onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Decorate with nonpareil candies, if desired. Bake spritz cookies for 8 to 10 minutes until done. If you need to bake cookies in batches, be sure the cookie sheets return to room temperature before pressing the next batch.

Cool chocolate spritz cookies completely before storing.

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen cookies
Photo © 2012 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.

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