September 06, 2017

Chocolate Malted Spritz Cookies







Ingredients:
6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons malted milk powder
3 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa
pinch salt

powdered sugar for decorating

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375.

In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl using a hand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. In another bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. With the mixer running slow beat the dry ingredients into the butter mixture.


Using the OXO cookie press fitted with a disk of your choice (I used buttercup), press dough 1 inch apart onto ungreased, unlined nonstick baking sheets. Bake 8-12 minutes or until set. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.  Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired. 


Yield: 1 1/2-2  dozen cookies (this recipe can be easily doubled)


My thoughts:
My chocolate malt obsession continues with these cookies. They are super chocolate-y, crisp and have a light malted milk flavor. 

I had never used a cookie press before but it was so easy, I am a total convert! I think some families are spritz cookie people (aka cookie press cookies) and some families are cut-out cookie families. We always made sugar cookies (check out that circa 2004 recipe!) at the holidays so I was totally unfamiliar with spritz cookies. I can see why they are so popular, they are simple to make and pretty tiny but you can make a ton really quickly. Including baking and mixing. I made these cookies in about 30 minutes. 

A couple things I learned. Most spritz cookies don't use leavening in the recipe like baking soda or baking powder. Also, hold the cookie press flat on the ungreased, unlined, nonstick baking sheet to make the cookie so they don't come out too big and mishappen. 

It will be perfect for all those events that Matt helps run that always seem to require some sort of food donation for a potluck. I used the buttercup design that came with the cookie press but I also have the fall holiday pack which has shapes like leaves, pumpkins, and turkeys which will take me straight through to Thanksgiving! I wonder if they have any Hanukkah disks? 


A note from OXO, who sent me the cookie press in exchange for mentioning this worthy cause: 
Join the  Cookies for Kids' Cancer 4th Annual 50 State Challenge in support of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month this September. The goal is simple: inspire Cookies for Kids' Cancer events to take place in all 50 states to promote childhood cancer awareness and raise funds to help develop new, and less toxic pediatric cancer treatments.

Host a bake sale in your neighborhood, run a race, or throw a fundraiser at your school. You can join in the challenge by registering your event online today; if you mark that you were inspired by OXO when you register, we'll match proceeds from your bake sale up to our annual commitment.




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