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Chocolate-Orange Yogurt Spritz Cookies

I added some fresh orange zest to the dough to give it a bright, citrusy scent, then dipped the finished cookies into rich, dark chocolate to add another layer of flavor and a beautiful finish.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 80 small spritz cookies
Author: The Kitchen Prep

Ingredients

  • 1 stick {8 tablespoons} butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ an egg -- beat the egg and only use half
  • ¼ cup Stonyfield Whole Milk Greek Yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoons orange zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3.5 ounces good quality dark chocolate {I used Lindt 85% cocoa}*
  • Special Tools: Cookie Press Non-stick baking pan

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. You will need an unlined, un-greased non-stick cookie sheet for the spritz cookies to properly release from the cookie press.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add beaten egg and yogurt; mix until fully combined. Add vanilla extract and orange zest and mix until incorporated. {It may look slightly curdled, and that's ok.}
  • Add flour, baking powder, and salt to the mixture and mix until a soft dough forms and everything is fully combined.
  • Scoop the dough into the cookie press with your chosen disc {I used the wreath design in this cookie press}. Pump the press a few times to get the dough going, then press cookies onto the ungreased cookie sheet.
  • Bake for about 7 minutes or until the edges become a light golden color. Remove from oven and cool completely.
  • Meanwhile, melt the chocolate until smooth. Line another pan or the counter top with a sheet of parchment paper.
  • When the cookies have cooled completely, dip each cookie half way into the chocolate, letting the excess drip off. Place cookies onto parchment paper and allow to set before serving or packaging.{You can speed this up by placing them in the refrigerator or freezer for a few minutes if desired.}

Notes

Adapted from Better Homes & Gardens, December 2017.