Beautiful, natural colored and flavored Blood Orange Spritz Cookies are a springtime orange treat.
I am not a big fan of food coloring. I can usually taste it, especially red. Natural muted colors are pretty and taste better.
These cookies use blood oranges for a pinkish orange hue to the cookie and bright pink to the icing. They practically scream spring!
Do you need a cookie press?
Use your favorite cookie press shape to make these. I went with the springtime flower.
If you do not have a cookie press, drop the dough by tablespoonful onto a cookie sheet leaving about two inches apart. Frost with the icing after they have cooled.
What are blood oranges?
If you aren't familiar with blood oranges the outer peel has a slight blush to it, and the inside is a bright red. The taste is one of the strongest sweetest orangy oranges you have ever tried.
Feel free to use your favorite orange or other citrus fruit instead. I am sure they would be equally lovely with lemons or limes as well.
- 1 blood orange
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup butter (cut into slices)
- ⅔ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- Zest the orange with the fine side of a grater. Slice the orange in half and juice both halves.
- In a mixing bowl combine butter, sugar and 1 tablespoon orange zest. Beat until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
- Add egg and 2 tablespoons of orange juice, mixing until combined.
- Slowly add flour until incorporated, scraping bowl periodically.
- Fill cookie press with dough using your favorite shape. Press out cookies approximately an inch apart on a baking sheet.
- Bake until just turning brown at edges. About 10 minutes.
- While cookies cool, prepare icing. In a small bowl add 1 cup confectioners sugar and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Stir to combine. Add more orange juice until you get your desired consistency.
- Add a drop of icing in the middle of the cookies, or drizzle over the top.
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Until next time, happy eating.