Buttery spritz cookie dough with chocolate inside–how can you go wrong? It’s been so long ago that I don’t remember where we got the idea to tuck a little chocolate bar between the layers of delicate spritz dough, but they’ve been a special occasion favorite for years. At some point our family decided to call them Pillow Cookies because of their shape. We only make them during the holidays, and they are a must-have on Christmas Eve.
Spritz cookies can be made into beautiful shapes, limited only by the type of plates that come with your cookie press. Our cookie press is a vintage set that we found at a thrift store. It works better than a modern, rather expensive brand of cookie press that we tried. Note the type of cookie press plate to use:
Spritz Pillow Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla or almond extract
Miniature milk chocolate candy bars
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Unwrap and break candy bars into sections. You can also use regular or giant-size candy bars, but be sure to get candy bars with scored sections for ease in breaking them up. There will usually be no shortage of eager volunteers to do this job.
Mix butter and sugar. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Dough will be crumbly at first, then will stick together more as you mix. Load dough into cookie press, then screw on the lid.
Form long strips of dough on cookie sheet. Place mini candy bars at intervals on the dough strips.
Cover candy bars with a top layer of dough.
Use a kitchen knife to cut between candy bars.
Use the knife or your fingers to scoot the cookies away from each other to leave space between them on cookie sheet.
Bake 6-9 minutes at 400 degrees (in my oven, 6 1/2 minutes is about right. If they brown too much, they get hard rather than delicately crisp). Remove cookies to a rack to cool.
If you eat them while they’re warm, the chocolate is almost liquid. They freeze well, but usually there aren’t enough left around our kitchen to worry about that.
Try a batch and let us know how you like them!