Gluten Free Spritz Cookies

Celebrate the holiday season with all your friends and family with these delicious gluten-free Spritz cookies!

Gluten-free Spritz Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

No one in my family needs to eat gluten-free, so I don’t typically buy the ingredients necessary to bake that way.  Recently, my good friend Rachel of the blog Glitter & Bow decided to change her diet and eat according to her blood-type.  One of the changes she implemented was cutting out gluten.

This made things (selfishly) hard for me this Christmas because I love giving the gift of baked yummies as gifts.  I gifted her a loaf of gingerbread, but sadly she couldn’t enjoy any of it.  Her husband however did, so it didn’t go to waste.  I knew I needed to bake my friend something she could eat and enjoy! Spritz cookies have very few ingredients, so I thought they’d be perfect to try out as gluten-free.

Gluten-free Spritz Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

My friend Deb had given me a bag of Cup 4 Cup gluten-free flour a while back and I had yet to bake with it, so I thought this was the perfect time to do so.  These cookies cake out almost perfect!  I had to adjust the baking time down after the first batch in the oven because they bake very quickly.

I also think next time, I’ll double the amount of almond extract I use.  I love a spritz cookie that packs a huge flavor punch.  But don’t let that deter you from making these spritz, they were so delish!  I could barely tell the difference in texture and flavor!

Gluten-free Spritz Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

A little more about Cup4Cup from their website

“Our founder, Chef Lena Kwak, developed Cup4Cup while serving as Research and Development Chef in the kitchen of the famed French Laundry in Yountville, CA. She and her mentor, Chef and Owner Thomas Keller, knew they had stumbled upon something special when a guest tasted Lena’s gluten-free brioche and cried with joy because she hadn’t tasted bread in seven years. They knew this was a product that had to be shared.

Today, Cup4Cup isn’t just great-tasting gluten-free flour, it’s a great-tasting flour for everyone. Our name comes from Cup4Cup’s ingenious ability to replace all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour (with our new Wholesome Cup4Cup) in traditional recipes, cup for cup, which makes it simple to translate your favorite recipes for everything from cookies to biscuits, cakes to quick breads, and never know the difference.”

Gluten-free Spritz Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

You can also connect with Cup4Cup on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

I also wanted to try the recipe with almond flour, since I had baked with it before and thought the almond flavor would be awesome.  The almond flour I used was a German brand, which is a lot less expensive than what you can buy in the states.  The almond flour spritz spread a lot when baking, had a cakey texture, fell apart and just were not pretty.  I won’t be sharing that recipe today.  :)

So, since the almond flour did not work at all in this cookie recipe, I think I’ll just stick to using Cup4Cup in the future!  It’s an amazing alternative to all-purpose flour for our gluten-free friends and family!

Gluten-free Spritz Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Giveaway!

And to get you excited for gluten-free baking, Cup4Cup is giving away 2 of their amazing products to one JavaCupcake reader!

One person will win:

To enter, simply fill out the information below!  Giveaway open to those with USA mailing addresses only.  Winner will be chosen Jan. 30, 2014.

5.0 from 3 reviews
Gluten Free Spritz Cookies (with gluten-free flour)
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • ½ cup (8oz or 113g) unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup (70g) granulated sugar
  • 25-27g egg yolk (about 1½ egg yolks), lightly beaten
  • ½ tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp heavy cream or whole milk
  • 185g Cup4Cup Original Gluten-free Flour Blend, sifted
  • Wilton Leaf Green gel food colorin
  • Wilton candy holly leaves & red balls
  • Cookie press with wreath cutout
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the egg yolk, cream and extract and mix until combined. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  4. Slowly add the gluten-free flour and mix until completely incorporated. Add 2-4tsp more flour until the dough no longer sticks to the paddle attachment.
  5. Fill the cookie press fitted with the wreath cut out with the dough and chill for 10 minutes in the freezer.
  6. Press the dough onto a baking sheet. Do not line or grease the baking sheet - the cookies will not stick to it if you do.
  7. Place the holly leaves and red balls on the each wreath.
  8. Bake for 4 minutes or until the bottom begins to brown.
  9. Cool on the baking sheet for a minimum of 5 minutes before removing carefully to a wire rack to cool completely.
Notes
Helpful Tips:
Measure all ingredients carefully and by weight. This will ensure the proper consistency of the dough to make the perfect spritz cookie.

If the dough is sticking to the cookie press, try these tips..
-Add a teaspoon of flour at a time and mix into the dough until the dough no longer sticks to the beater.
-Chill the dough until firm.
-Do not line the baking sheet with any paper or grease. The dough needs the surface of the baking sheet to stick to.

Make sure to allow the cookies to almost cool completely on the baking sheet before removing them. The gluten-free flour is very fragile and the cookies will break if you try to move them too quickly.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies

Kick things up a notch for the holidays by baking these Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies!  A festive twist on a classic cookie perfect for your Christmas cookie plate!

Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

I’m super excited to be participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap for the fourth year in a row!  Check out 2013’s Apple Snickerdoodles, 2012’s Candy Cane Crinkle Blossoms and 2011’s Grinch Cookies!

This year I’ve taken my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and gave it a special holiday twist!  I added a few spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and decorated them in festive red and green colors!  A touch of sprinkles on the top brings it all together!

Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

Sometimes, it feels as though Christmas cookies need to be super fancy and creative in order to be made during the holidays.  Not true!  I love these chocolate chip cookies any time of the year because they’re simply perfect!

10301299_835946469769198_604575516916539613_n

The 4rd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, hosted by Lindsay of Love & Olive Oil and Julie of The Little Kitchen brings together food bloggers from around the world in celebration of all things cookie. Last year we had over 620 bloggers participate and raised over $14,000 for Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. That’s a lot of cookies doing a lot of good!

For more info or if you want to participate next year, visit The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap‘s website!

Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

This year my Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies went to The Chocolate Cult, Sweet Potato Bites and NY FoodGasm!  I hope they enjoyed these cookies as much as I did!

Since it’s a swap, I also got cookies too!  I received Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt from Sophia at NY FoodGasm (which were my FAVORITE – I didn’t share these at all with my family!).  And I got Salted Chocolate & Caramel Shortbread Cookies which my husband immediately stole and took to work to share with his soldiers from Heather at Majorly Delicious! Finally, were Oatmeal Lace Cookies from Marjory at The Dinner Mom – delicate and delicious! They were all so yum!

I can’t wait until next years swap!

5.0 from 2 reviews
Easy Holiday Chocolate Chip Cookies
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 7-8 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 4½ cups (590g) all-purpose flour
  • 2tsp (10g) baking soda
  • 3tsp (10g) corn starch
  • 1tsp (5g) salt
  • ½tsp (2g) nutmeg
  • 1tsp (3g) cinnamon
  • 1 cup (200g) light brown sugar
  • 1½ cups (325g) granulated sugar
  • 24Tbsp (340g) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2Tbsp (25g) vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs + 2 egg yolks (155g total)
  • 16oz bag of holiday colors chocolate chips
  • Red, green and white nonpareils (sprinkles)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, corn starch, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugars until no more clumps remain. Add the melted butter and vanilla and whisk until smooth.
  3. One at a time, whisk in the eggs and continue to whisk until completely incorporated.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and whisk/blend until smooth and no clumps remain. The dough will be thick and sticky.
  5. Add the holiday chocolate chips and fold until evenly distributed.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for 2-3 hours or until the dough is firm. Alternately, you can chill the dough in the fridge overnight.
  7. Once the dough is cold, preheat your oven to 350F degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  8. Roll a 1in ball of dough in your hand and flatten slightly. Press the top of the ball into the nonpareils until lightly covered. You don't want too many sprinkles on top, so brush off any extra. Place the dough on the prepared baking sheet.
  9. Bake each tray for about 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden. Do not overbake! The cookies will puff up during baking but will collapse while cooling.
  10. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Store in an air tight container for up to 3 days.

Holiday Baking Guide

Holiday-Baking-Guide-2014-CollageWhether you’re looking for a basic sugar cookie and buttercream recipe or a unique dessert to wow your family, The JavaCupcake Holiday Baking Guide will help you discover recipes perfect for all occasions!  Get inspired!

NOTE:  Not all of these are JavaCupcake recipes.  Some come from a few of my favorite food bloggers from around the world.  Enjoy!

Tips & Tricks

Cookies

Christmas Tree Peanut Butter Blossoms | JavaCupcake.com

Cupcakes

Christmas Cupcakes 2011-58

 

Cakes

Pumpkin Spice Latte Layer Cake | JavaCupcake.com

Biscotti

Biscotti by JavaCupcake.com-3

Truffles & Fudge

Easy Peanut Butter Swirl Chocolate Fudge | JavaCupcake.com

Breakfast & more

Apple Fritters  | JavaCupcake.com

Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes

September 11, 2001 is a day that changed the face of America forever.  Today, on the 13th anniversary of the attack on America at the World Trade Center in New York City, let’s take a moment to remember those lives lost and to thank the First Responders who selflessly put themselves into harms way to save those they could.  Let’s not also forget the military men and women who, since 9/11, have put their countries safety first and have fought vigilantly to bring the terrorists who attached us to justice.

Sign up for my newsletter and never miss another recipe or post… sign up here!

Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

There is no way that a cupcake can ever be enough to thank the first responders for what that did on 9/11 and in the weeks following.  There is no way a cupcake could should ever be used to celebrate 9/11.  But, maybe this cupcake could serve as a reminder of all the great things that America is, was and is still to become.

Because really… what’s greater in American than apple pie?

Let these Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes serve as a beacon of light, love and joy on a solemn day and remind us of what is great in America.

My Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes are a light cinnamon cupcake filled with apple pie filling and topped with a light whipped cream.  Simple, easy and so delicious.

Patriot Day Apple Pie Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

Thank you to all those First Responders on 9/11.  Thank you to the men and women in the military who fight to keep us free.  And to those who lost their lives…. You will NEVER be forgotten.

Greaseproof cupcake liners are from Sweets & Treats Boutique.

Apple Pie Cupcakes
 
Prep time
Cook time
 
Serves: 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ¼ sour cream
  • 3 egg whites, room temperature
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups cake flour, sifted 3 times
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 2½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1⅛ cup sugar
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, soft & at room temperature
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable shortening
Apple Pie Filling
  • 3 large tart apples, cored and diced small
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • ¼ -1/2 cup sugar (depending on the sweetness you want)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Whipped Cream Topping
  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a small bowl , whisk together the egg whites, egg, vanilla extract, ¼ cup of the milk and sour cream. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the cake flour three times. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves,baking powder, salt and sugar and sift two additional times.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the flour mixture with the butter and shortening on medium speed for about 30 seconds or until it looks finely clumped.
  5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the remaining ½ cup milk and mix until just combined. It will be thick. Scrape the sides of the bowl again.
  6. Add the egg mixture in three parts, mixing for 20 seconds on medium speed and scraping the sides of the bowl between each addition. NOTE: DO NOT OVER MIX the batter. You want it to be smooth with all the ingredients incorporated.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 17-19 minutes, rotating pan after 12 minutes. A toothpick will come out clean when they are done.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Apple Pie Filling
  1. In a frying pan on medium high heat, melt the butter. Add the diced apples and stir until coated with butter.
  2. Sprinkle over the sugar and cinnamon and stir until coated.
  3. Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  4. Cook over medium-high heat until the apples begin to soften and their juices begin to come out, stirring often. NOTE: You want the apples to still be slightly firm, so try not to cook them too long. The sauce around the apples will also need to thicken during this time. This will take about 15 minutes, give or take 5-10 minutes.
  5. Once you've reached your desired tenderness in the apples and the sauce has thickened, remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
Whipped Cream Topping
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream on high speed for about 1 minute.
  2. With the mixer still running, slowly add the sugar and vanilla.
  3. Continue beating until the whipped cream is stiff.
Assembly
  1. Core the center of each cupcake out.
  2. Fill generously with the apple pie filling.
  3. Top with a swirl or dollop of whipped cream.

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Celebrate this lucky holiday with these festive, fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these festive and fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

A few years back I made green velvet cupcakes topped with Bailey’s Irish cream frosting for St. Patrick’s Day.  It was way back in 2009, the super early days of blogging.The cupcakes turned out really amazing, but my blogging skills lacked just a little bit.  So, if you’re interested in a little giggle… go check out that post!

These cupcakes, however are a LOT better and this post will be more up to my current day standards of blogging.  Pretty pictures.  Nicely written recipe.  Ya know, the works!

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these festive and fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

So to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, I wanted to use that famous lucky cereal with those marshmallows.  You know, Lucky Charms! But, I didn’t want my cupcakes to be like every other Lucky Charms Cupcakes I’d seen on Pinterest.  So, I took what I liked from a few different recipes and combined them to make these!

The bulk of the recipe comes from The Novice Chef.  I really love how she made cereal milk by letting the cereal just hang out in the milk.  You know, like what’s left in the bowl after you eat all the marshmallows and throw out the cereal bits from your Lucky Charms?  That deliciously sweet cereal milk is what’s is used in this recipe for the moisture.  Genius if you ask me.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these festive and fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

I was actually out of vanilla extract, but I did have maple extract.  I thought it worked perfectly because the maple added a more breakfasty flavor to the entire cupcake.  Perfect combination with the Lucky Charms.

After baking, I did notice that the cupcakes that had less cereal in them puffed up really high.  Some even had a massively big dome on them.  So, if you want a bigger dome, put LESS cereal in your batter.  And to be honest, if I make these again, they will probably only get about a cup of cereal, at the most.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with these festive and fun Lucky Charms Cupcakes | JavaCupcake.com

I’m serving these cupcakes up to the kids at my daughter’s middle school today… a lucky treat for them!

Happy Baking!

Lucky Charms Cupcakes
 
Prep time
Cook time
 
Serves: 2 dozen cupcakes
Ingredients
Cupcakes
  • 1¼ cup milk
  • 2½ cups Lucky Charms cereal, divided
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
Frosting
  • 2 large egg whites
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line cupcake pans with liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup Lucky Charms cereal and the milk. Allow to soak for 20-30 minutes. Strain out the cereal & discard. Measure out 1 cup of the milk and discard the rest.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar, oil and maple extract and whisk until completely incorporated.
  5. Add the flour mixture in three parts, alternating with the cereal milk. Begin and end with the flour. Mix until the flour is about 90% mixed into the batter.
  6. Gently fold 1½ cups Lucky Charms cereal into the batter so that it is evenly distributed.
  7. Fill cupcake liners ⅔ full and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in pans for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Frosting
  1. In a double-boiler over medium high heat, combine the egg whites, sugar and cream of tartar with a whisk.
  2. Constantly whisk the mixture until the sugar has dissolved and the egg whites have become foamy.
  3. Pour the egg mixture into the bowl of your stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, whisk the eggs on high until stiff peaks form.
  4. Mix in the vanilla extract.
  5. Using a star tip, pipe frosting onto cupcakes
  6. Garnish with Lucky Charms Cereal.
Notes
Recipe originally from The Novice Chef

Sweet Potato Cupcakes

These Sweet Potato Cupcakes aren’t your ordinary cupcake! They are filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar then are topped with a marshmallow frosting and are sure to please the sweet potato-lover in your life!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting | JavaCupcake.com

I am in love with sweet potatoes.   Seriously.  I could probably eat them several times a week with dinner if my family would let me!  hehe  Typically, I just roast them with a little olive oil, salt/pepper and a few assorted herbs.  My husband wants me to add honey – but I think they’re sweet enough without!  And… as a matter of fact, I’m eating sweet potatoes with my lunch as I write this post – left over from last night’s dinner! HA! :)

As the holiday’s went on, I noticed sweet potatoes being made into casseroles, pies, donuts and all kinds of delicious goodies.  BUT – I did not sweet a sweet potato cupcake.  So of course, I needed to make one!

Since I had huge success with the pumpkin cupcakes, I thought… why reinvent the wheel?  Why develop a completely new recipe when I’ve already got one that I could adapt for these sweet potato cupcakes!  So… that’s exactly what I did!

Of course, you can’t top sweet potatoes with anything other than marshmallows!  I topped these cupcakes with a light and fluffy marshmallow frosting that’s super simple to make and looks like a white cloud on top of the cupcakes!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes with Marshmallow Frosting | JavaCupcake.com

I hope that you can set aside some time to make these sweet potato cupcakes before the holiday season is over!  They’re really worth the effort not only because of the unique flavors but because they are actually really quite delicious!

Oh… now that I think about it, you should make these for your New Years Eve party!! YES!  You could totally decorate them with fun colors and use liners like the green ones I used from Sweets & Treats Boutique!! YES! Do it!!!  Your friends will be WOWed at your NYE party!

Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Cupcakes
 
Prep time
Cook time
 
Serves: 18 cupcakes
Ingredients
Sweet Potato Cupcakes
  • 1⅔ all-purpose cup flour
  • ½ light brown sugar, loosely packed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sweet potato puree (I used canned with no added spices)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup vegetable oil
Marshmallow Frosting
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar (sifted before measuring)
  • 1 7oz jar marshmallow fluff/creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream
  • pinch of salt
  • sugar pears or sprinkles, for garnish
Instructions
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cupcake pan with liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugars, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt until combined. NOTE: Make sure all the brown sugar chunks have been broken up.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the sour cream, sweet potato puree, vanilla extract and oil and whisk until smooth. NOTE: No lumps of sweet potato or sour cream should be left after whisking.
  4. Pour the wet mixture into the dry flour mixture and fold together with a rubber spatula until all the dry has been incorporated into the wet. NOTE: Scrape the bottom and sides of the bowl to sure everything has been combined. DO NOT OVER MIX.
  5. Fill cupcake liners ¾ full. Once all the liners have been filled, tap the pan on the counter 2-3 times help settle the batter into the cups and release any air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 17-19 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Leave cupcakes in the pan for 2-3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Marshmallow Frosting
  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the vanilla and marshmallow fluff and beat on high for 1 minute.
  3. Add the heavy cream and beat on high for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  4. Toss in the salt and mix until incorporated.
  5. Using a large open star tip, pipe swirls of frosting onto each cupcake.
  6. Garnish with sugar pearls or sprinkles

12 Days of Cookies – Day 12: Peppermint Chocolate Cookies

Crisp chocolate & peppermint cookies covered in smooth white chocolate and topped with peppermint candy make these Peppermint Chocolate Cookies the perfect Christmas treat!

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - peppermint & chocolate cookie covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies | JavaCupcake.com

We’ve finally made it to the end of 12 Days of Cookies!  It’s been such a fun month sharing with you some of my favorite Christmas and holiday cookies that I’m almost sad to see it end!

Ha! Just kidding.  Making 12 types cookies all at once was hard and very time consuming!  But, the pay off was oh-so-delicious! And I was able to share holiday boxes filled to the brim with these cookies with Emily’s teachers and office staff at her school.  They, of course, loved it and ranted and raved over how delicious they all were!  It’s quite something to see a box with a dozen different kinds of cookies and know that one person made them!

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - peppermint & chocolate cookie covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies | JavaCupcake.com

This final day of cookies brings you one cookie with two classic holiday flavors.  Chocolate & peppermint.   You really can’t go wrong with this combination.   The cookie is a crisp and crunchy dark chocolate & peppermint cookie that’s similar to cookie part of a Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie.  It’s then covered in creamy white chocolate and garnished with crushed peppermint candy.  These delicious Peppermint Chocolate Cookies will surely please the kids and grown-ups in your family!

Although my cookies are hardly”perfect” looking – I quite like the messiness of them.  I think it makes them look homemade, real and like I really put heart into making them.   I think they’re perfect!

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies - peppermint & chocolate cookie covered in white chocolate and sprinkled with crushed peppermint candies | JavaCupcake.com

If you’ve missed out on any of the cookies in the 12 Days of Cookies, make sure to check out the main page where you can see photos and links to all the cookies!  If you have made any of these cookies, I’d really love to see them!  Post a picture on my Facebook wall or send me an email!  It really warms my heart knowing that my recipes have added some joy to you and your family this holiday season!

So… from my family to yours, I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Peppermint Chocolate Cookies
 
Cook time
 
Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 30 peppermint candies, crushed
  • 2 pounds white chocolate, coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar on high for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add egg and egg yolk and mix until well incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of the bowl.
  5. Beat in the peppermint extract.
  6. In two parts, add the flour mixture and mix on medium speed until just incorporated.
  7. With your hands, form the dough into a large disc and cut in half. Wrap each half in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour or refrigerate for 4 hours.
  8. Onto a floured surface, roll out the dough to ⅛" thickness.
  9. Using a 2" round cookie cutter, cut out discs of dough. Place the cut dough onto the cookie sheet and freeze until firm - about 10-15 minutes.
  10. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the cookies are dry to the touch and are not soft in the center. Remove to a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Line a baking sheet with wax paper.
  12. In a double broiler, melt the white chocolate until smooth.
  13. Dunk cooled cookies in the melted white chocolate until completely covered. Tap off the excess chocolate and scrape off the excess chocolate from the bottom of each cookie. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  14. Sprinkle the top of the chocolate covered cookies with crushed peppermint candies.
  15. Refrigerate until set. Store in an air tight container for up to 2 weeks.
Notes
Recipe from Mimi's Kitchen

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes!

Daily-Photo-Collage-day-12

12 Days of Cookies – Day 11: Lemon Ricotta Cookies

Cake-like cookies made with fresh lemon and ricotta then topped with a tart lemon glaze make these Lemon Ricotta Cookies an irresistible holiday treat!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

I can’t take credit for this recipe.  In fact, I had never heard of Lemon Ricotta Cookies before I made them this holiday season.  When preparing for this series, I asked several of my friends what their favorite family Christmas cookies were and these were the only ones I’d never heard of before!

The recipe comes from my friend Sarah.  Miss Sarah as my daughter calls her.  Our husband’s work together and are both deployed to Afghanistan with 2nd Cavalry Regiment right now.   It’s comforting to have a friend whose husband is doing the exact same thing mine is… it’s like having someone who can understand exactly what you’re feeling about a subject that very few people know anything about.  That’s a quality to find in a friend when you’re the spouse of a soldier.

sarah-betsy

This picture was taken shortly after our husband’s left for Afghanistan.  Sarah and I got together with a couple other ladies to put together a big football themed care package for our husbands and the rest of their platoon.   Usually when Sarah and I get together it’s for coffee and for our kids to play… she’s got two little ladies who like to come over and play with my little Matty.   Kids get to play, Mommies get to relax and chat.  Win win.

If I can recall what Sarah told me… the recipe for these Lemon Ricotta Cookies came from her Grandmother.  Sarah let me borrow the recipe card with the hand written ingredients and directions and I took great pride in keeping her family heirloom safe and sound while I made these cookies.

These cookies are very soft and almost like little pillows of cake.  Pillows of cake covered in sweet yet tart lemon icing.  They are packed full of fresh lemon flavor and the ricotta really adds a richness that compliments the cookie perfectly.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies | JavaCupcake.com

For such a simple looking cookie, this recipe really packs a punch when it comes to flavor.  Out of all the cookies I made this season, these lemon ricotta cookies I think are going to be one I make every year.  A real winner.

Thanks to Sarah for sharing this recipe with me!  I’m really honored to be able to share this recipe with my readers!

Enjoy!

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 15oz whole milk ricotta
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • water
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the sugar and lemon zest and mix until the oils of the zest have incorporated with the sugar - about 1 minute.
  4. Add the butter and cream for 2 minutes.
  5. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  6. Add the ricotta and lemon juice. Mix until just combined, you want to see a few chunks of ricotta in the batter.
  7. Fold in the flour and stir by hand until incorporated.
  8. Drop 2 Tbsp of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. 12 drops of dough should fit on the sheet.
  9. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.
  10. Leave on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the powdered sugar, half the lemon juice and zest until smooth. If the glaze is thick enough to spread at this point, do not add any more juice or the water. If it's too thick add more juice until it's a consistency you like. After the juice is gone, add water until you reach your desired consistency. Adding too much water/lemon will make the gaze too runny, so start with a small amount.
  2. Spoon ½ tsp of glaze on the top of each cookie and use the back of a spoon to gently spread over the cookie.
  3. Let set for 2 hours before serving.

Lemon Ricotta Cookies
 
Prep time
Cook time
 
Serves: 3-4 dozen cookies
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 15oz whole milk ricotta
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
Glaze
  • 1½ cups powdered sugar
  • the juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • water
Instructions
Cookies
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F degrees. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer, add the sugar and lemon zest and mix until the oils of the zest have incorporated with the sugar - about 1 minute.
  4. Add the butter and cream for 2 minutes.
  5. Mix in the eggs, one at a time, scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  6. Add the ricotta and lemon juice. Mix until just combined, you want to see a few chunks of ricotta in the batter.
  7. Fold in the flour and stir by hand until incorporated.
  8. Drop 2 Tbsp of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet. 12 drops of dough should fit on the sheet.
  9. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. DO NOT OVER BAKE.
  10. Leave on the cookie sheet for about 2 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely before glazing.
Glaze
  1. Spoon ½ tsp of glaze on the top of each cookie and use the back of a spoon to gently spread over the cookie.
  2. Let set for 2 hours before serving.

Want more cookies?

Check out the main page for the 12 Days of Cookies and you’ll find the links to all the recipes! Next cookie will be posted tomorrow!

Daily-Photo-Collage-day-11