Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chocolate Spritzes

Today I'm excited to be sharing another traditional Christmas cookie in my family.  Like the Christmas tree cookies, this recipe came from the grandma that I never got to meet and has been passed down in my family.  Even though I don't like chocolate, I have always made these for my mom and grandpa each year.  They are a nice treat and something different to try from the traditional Christmas sugar cookie.  Since they are press cookies, you get a fancy looking cookie, without a lot of time or effort - double win!  Just one thing to be careful of, whatever you do, do NOT chill this dough.  It is a thick dough to begin with, and chilling will make it too thick for a press. (Yes I did find this out the hard way, and yes, I did break my favorite electric cookie press).
I hope you enjoy these sweet treats as much as my family has.  Happy Holidays!

Chocolate Spritz Cookies
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 squares unsweetend chocolate (or substitute 6 TBSP cocoa powder and 2 TBSP oil)
  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Sprinkles *
*I got the tree sprinkles in a large batch at the grocery store one  year.  Any type of shape sprinkle will work.  Before we had the trees, we used pastel flowers for years.

Cream the Crisco and sugar together.  Add in the egg and milk and beat well.  Mix in the chocolate (I always use Nestle Cocoa and the oil).  Slowly incorporate the flour and salt.  Mix well.
Using the flower or pinwheel design in a cookie press, press the cookies onto a silicone baking mat on a cookie sheet. Press a sprinkle into the center of each flower/pinwheel.
Bake for 8-10 minutes at 375 degrees.

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  1. Danielle, I already love your spritzes because of the wonderful family story that comes with them! So sweet for you to continue the tradition for your mom and grandpa. You're right- they make very impressive cookies- they just look like Christmas!

    Love, Joy

  2. I've only had butter spitzes before but I love the switch to making them with chocolate. Love the tradition behind them!

  3. I have always wanted to make spitzes. I think pressing them would be a lot of fun! These look really yummy and are so special because of the story behind them. Thanks for sharing this great recipe at the Fill The Cookie Jar group.

  4. I love your recipe! I have never considering having a chocolate spritz before. That would be the perfect cookie addition to my plates :)

  5. We love these cookies in our family, my daughter loves to make them. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. I love spritzes, but I have not had any in years. Maybe I should make some...

  7. Looks so good. Presentation is really cute.

  8. I've seen these in an old fashioned cookbook and always want to give them a try. Thanks for the inspiration! Now that I know they taste good, I may have to whip some up. Now to get my hands on my Granny's cookie press! :-)

  9. Hi Danielle,
    Your Chocolate Spritzes look wonderful! Hope you have a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. I really like these cookie press cookies, but I don't think I've ever had chocolate ones. Yummy! And how sweet that it's a family recipe.

  11. These chocolate spritzes look so pretty!

  12. So very pretty! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.


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