Spritzgebäck Butter Cookies (Piped Spritz)

Spritzgebäck Butter Cookies (Piped Spritz)

Spritzgebäck are a classic butter cookie popular in Germany and Scandinavia. The literal translation of "Spritz" means to "spray" or "squirt" which refers to the fact that these cookies are pressed or piped into elaborate designs.  And while they are commonly considered a Christmas confection I would happily accept a plateful of Spritz any day of the year. Buttery golden cookies with a delicate crumb and just the right amount of jammy centers.

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

Perfect with a cup of coffee and a drizzle of icing, this delicate orange cake is studded with whole cranberries and candied orange peels. A classic winter season combination. Bundt Cake is a easy yet impressive show piece, it looks tricky but the fluted bundt pan does all the hard work. Your biggest challenge is deciding what to do while it bakes, a whopping 70 minutes of baking time. This isn't a fast cake but it is a good one. I suggest making the most of your free time by whipping together a classic white or sweet orange icing (yes, please) and dancing to your favorite kitchen tunes. 

Candied Orange Peels

If orange-creamsicles dreamed of a winter season reincarnation, they would aspire to be these candied orange peels with creamy vanilla undertones. Make your own summer-sunshine dreams come true with a few Valencia oranges and a double dose of vanilla. While these are delightful to nibble as-is (hello, movie snacks!) you must promise me to add some to one of your favorite baked recipes. Use them anywhere dried fruits are suggested. I've had wonderful results when added to oatmeal cookies,  carrot cake, Irish soda bread, cranberry orange bundt cake, and even a savory chicken and sweet potato tagine.