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Orange Spritz

If you stack the finished cookies in a tin or other airtight container, place waxed paper between the layers to protect the chocolate decoration.

  • yield: Makes about 2 dozen




  • 1/4 recipe Basic Sugar-Cookie Dough
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

Cook's Note

Transferring cooled cookies to a sheet of parchment paper before adding the chocolate keeps your work surface clean. When piping chocolate zigzags, use steady pressure and a fluid motion to yield the best results.


  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks on upper and lower thirds. On a piece of parchment paper, pat out dough to 1/2 inch thick. Sprinkle zest evenly over top; knead to incorporate.Transfer to a cookie press; pipe shapes, about 1 inch apart, onto ungreased baking sheets.

  2. Step 2

    Bake cookies in upper and lower thirds of oven, switching positions of sheets halfway through, until edges are light golden, about 15 minutes. Transfer to wire racks to cool completely.

  3. Step 3

    Set a small heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water; add half the chocolate to bowl, and stir until melted and smooth. Add the remaining chocolate; remove bowl from heat. Stir until smooth. Transfer chocolate to a pastry bag fitted with a very small (less than 1/16 inch) plain round tip, such as Wilton #1.

  4. Step 4

    Transfer cookies to a sheet of parchment paper. Pipe chocolate in a zigzag pattern over tops. Let stand until chocolate has set. Store in airtight containers at room temperature, up to 5 days.

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Reviews (1)

  • meadow1ark 23 Dec, 2008

    I'm wondering if there are errors in this recipe. The Basic Sugar-Cookie Dough calls for 2 TBS of vanilla. I used 1 TBS, and it was pretty strong. Then, for these cookies add a TBS of orange zest, too? I used 1 tsp of nutmeg and 1 tsp of cinnamon to counteract the vanilla. Then I used 1 tsp of orange zest and 1/2 tsp of orange extract. The dough tastes ok. In n n n n n ll bake it today. Doctoring a recipe this much is unexpected. Any thoughts?