Cocoa Spritz Cookies

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 1 hr 40 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: about 90 cookies
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Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (optional)

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Sanding sugar, for decorating

Directions

  1. Position racks in the upper and lower thirds of the oven; preheat to 325 degrees F. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt and cloves in a medium bowl. Beat the butter and granulated sugar in a large bowl with a mixer on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla until just combined. Reduce the mixer speed to low; beat in the flour mixture until just incorporated.
  2. Fill a cookie press with the dough according to the manufacturer's instructions. Press cookies about 1 inch apart onto 2 baking sheets. Decorate with sanding sugar.
  3. Bake, switching the pans halfway through, until the cookies are set, 15 to 20 minutes. Let cool 3 minutes on the baking sheets, then loosen with a thin spatula and let cool completely on the baking sheet.
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