Monthly Munchies – Cherry Chocolate & Masa Spritz Cookies
It’s time for Monthly Munchies again! Today is staff meeting day at my office, so I’ve once again brought a basket full of goodies to keep everyone feeling sweet.
This month’s selections both went together very quickly and easily. Of the two, I surprisingly like the Masa Spritz cookies better. I really thought I’d love the Cherry Chocolate cookies, but although quite good, they just weren’t as “wow” as I thought they’d be, and the Masa Spritz cookies are so light, buttery and addictive, I could see myself eating an entire pan full in one sitting. So they’re my favorite this month.
The Cherry Chocolate cookies come from an Epicurious.com recipe, which I followed exactly. The only thing I did differently was to use a one tablespoon cookie scoop instead of the 2 tbsp size they recommend, so I got about double the amount of the original recipe. These are rich and chocolatey, but I think that the milk chocolate (and I used some good chocolate – E. Guittard couverature milk chocolate) flavor is just lost. You really can’t taste it at all, even when you bite right into a chunk of it. So if I did these again, I’d probably swap out for semi-sweet instead and just let them be the rich chocolate cookies they are.
The Masa Spritz cookies were inspired by the French Cornmeal cookies recently seen on the Cooking Books blog. But I wanted to see if the fussiness of the original recipe (switching utensils mid-mix, etc.) was really necessary or if I could get a good result with a simpler method. I also rounded out the measurements when I doubled them, rather than adding the odd teaspoons and such that the original recipe had. And finally, since I was already messing with the recipe, I messed with it some more and used cake flour instead of AP, and I was out of regular cornmeal, so used masa harina (corn flour used for tortillas and such) instead. Whew! Fortunately, it all worked out wonderfully.
I don’t know if the end result is anything at all like the originals, but these are light, delicious and easy to make. I used a cookie press, but you could certainly use a piping bag, a cookie scoop or just a spoon. Heck, you could just pinch off little bits and roll ’em in your hands. The dough is easy to work with, not sticky and you just need to get it onto the cookie sheet and into the oven! I’d love to try these again using lime zest instead of lemon.
Let me know if you try these and how they go for you. Enjoy!