Chocolate Cream Spritz Cookies
Recipe from Midwest Living

Mascarpone cheese makes these shaped cookies extra rich tasting. If you can't find it, use cream cheese instead.



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Ingredients
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    1 1/2  cups 
    butter, softened
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    1/2 8  ounce tub 
    mascarpone cheese or 1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
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    1/2  cup 
    granulated sugar
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    1/2  cup 
    packed brown sugar
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    1/4  cup 
    unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
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    1   teaspoon 
    baking powder
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    2   
    egg yolks or 1 egg
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    1   teaspoon 
    vanilla
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    3 1/4  cups 
    all-purpose flour
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    3/4  cup 
    semisweet chocolate pieces (optional)
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    1   tablespoon 
    shortening (optional)
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    Crushed peppermint candies (optional)

Directions
1.
In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and mascarpone cheese or cream cheese with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally.
2.
Beat in egg yolks and vanilla. Add flour gradually, beating after each addition until well mixed. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in any remaining flour.
3.
Force dough through a cookie press onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are firm. Transfer to a wire rack. Cool cookies on wire rack. Makes about 84 cookies.
Tip
  • Decorating Tip: If you like, in heavy saucepan, combine chocolate pieces and shortening; melt over medium-low heat. Dip part of cooled cookies into chocolate. Sprinkle with candies.
Make Ahead Tip
  • Cool cookies completely. The cookies keep in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. In a freezer container, arrange cookies in a single layer; cover with a sheet of waxed paper. Repeat layers, leaving enough air space to close container easily. Freeze up to 1 month.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 65, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 16, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 6, Monosaturated fat (g) 2, sugar (g) 3, pro. (g) 1, vit. A (IU) 97, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 0, Folate (g) 8, sodium (mg) 29, Potassium (mg) 11, calcium (mg) 10, iron (mg) 0, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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