Yesterday, I got to celebrate with one of my best friends at her bridal shower. We had a tea party, and because her sisters are far craftier than I will ever be, it seriously looked like something off of Pinterest. There were finger sandwiches, and mismatched China sets, and individual tiered wedding cakes for each guest, decorated with babies breath all around. Seriously, Pinterest would have been jealous.
Now, as I said, I’m just not that talented. What I can do, however, is bake. And so, I made a few batches of cookies to be displayed on tiered platters with lace doilies. In keeping with the tea party theme, I wanted to avoid plain old chocolate chip cookies for something a bit more elegant. From the start, I knew that these orange spritz cookies would fit the bill!
Much like the Christmas Tree Cookies I shared in December, these spritz cookies are one of my husband’s family recipes. They are really simple to throw together, with the exception of battling with the cookie press. The orange flavor is bright and sweet, and pairs perfectly with the butter cookie base. They are crunchy and light – ideal for pairing with a cup of hot tea! So whether you’re planning a tea party of your own, or simply want a tasty cookie, this is the recipe for you!
Orange Spritz Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 3 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp freshly grated orange zest
- 2 ½ cups gluten free flour, with xanthan gum
- ½ tsp. salt
- ¼ tsp. cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- Whisk together flour with salt and cinnamon.
- Cream shortening and cream cheese well. Gradually add sugar, until the mixture is light and fluffy.
- Beat in egg yolk, vanilla extract, and orange zest until thoroughly mixed, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.
- Slowly beat in the flour mixture.
- Fill press, and press onto cookie sheet. Top with sprinkles if desired.
- Bake 12 – 15 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes on the tray before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
Yields 6 – 7 dozen