White Chocolate Citrus “Chick” Cookies
Adorable edible chicks for spring celebrations! Our White Chocolate Truffle Citrus “Chick” Cookies are moist and zingy with a white chocolate truffle chick sitting on top.
Can you feel the buzz of spring fever in the air? The official start of spring is only two days away. I’m already planning hiking trips and picnics, as if the flowers were already in bloom.
We’re on the cusp of a season bounding with new life and possibilities. That always puts me in the mood to celebrate.
So today we’re celebrating the arrival of spring with cute White Chocolate Citrus “Chick” Cookies!
These sweet, little bundles are built on a tender, buttery citrus cookie made with creamy Land O Lakes® Butter, lemon, lime, and orange zest.
Using convenient Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter Half Sticks makes it easy to pull out the right amount of butter you need, while keeping the rest of the butter ultra-fresh.
I dunked the warm, aromatic citrus cookies in green and yellow sprinkles to give them the appearance of nests.
While the cookies are warm, the sugar sprinkles stick really well.
For kicks and giggles, I topped each citrus cookie with a white chocolate truffle chick. The chicks are much easier to make than you might think…
I used candy melts to pipe itty-bitty feet, beaks and wings onto wax paper.
Then, I dunked creamy white chocolate truffles in molten candy melts, sat them in the citrus cookie nests, and attached the body parts while the candy melts were still soft.
White Chocolate Truffle Citrus “Chick” Cookies are a fun spring project for the kids, and will make a show-stopping addition to your Easter table or class party.
I love the little yellow chicks for Easter, but the baby blue birds are marvelous for any spring celebration. They are only half-dipped to create the color variation.
Not only do these cookies look adorable, they are easy to make and taste amazing. That is certainly something worth celebrating.
But we’ve got something else to celebrate today…
Pin A Meal. Give a Meal. is underway! It’s a brilliant program that
Land O’Lakes takes part in each year, helping Feeding America® donate meals to the hungry. Every hungry family has a story to share. You can help change how those stories turn out… by pinning on Pinterest!
Each time you pin a specified image (including these images) your pin counts as 10 meals donated to hungry families across the country.
This year’s donation goal is 3.5 million meals through Feeding America®. You can pin this White Chocolate Truffle Citrus “Chick” Cookie recipe, or select your own recipe from Land O’Lakes to contribute even more meals!
To learn more, visit www.landolakes.com/pinameal.
Pretty incredible, right?
Please take a moment to pin these chicks (and some of the other recipes) on every Pinterest board on which they fit. Your simple gesture will have a HUGE impact on children and families across our nation, giving them something to celebrate.
This year, Land O’Lakes is offering another fun way to support Pin A Meal. Give a Meal. — A live online cooking event with Ree, The Pioneer Woman, and Becky from the Land O’Lakes Test Kitchen. The event takes place on Wednesday, April 1 at noon. ET. Ree and Becky will be cooking their signature Feeding America® recipes live through an online video stream from Ree’s ranch and answering your spring cooking and baking questions.
The best part? All day on April 1, for each recipe pinned from the Land O’Lakes Pin A Meal. Give A Meal board Land O’Lakes will double their Feeding America® donation from 10 meals per pin to 20 meals per pin.
Participating in the event is simple!
- RSVP by clicking the link here: landolakes.com/livecookingevent. A reminder will be automatically added to your calendar and you’ll be sent a confirmation email recapping all the event details.
- At noon on April 1, return to the same link where you RSVP’d and tune in for the live cooking event.
- Share your questions for Ree and Becky on Twitter using #PinAMeal and they may answer them live during the event.
- All day on April 1, pin recipes included in the Land O’Lakes Pin A Meal. Give a Meal program to help double the amount of meal donations.
I’ll be participating along with fellow bloggers Two Peas and their Pod, a farmgirl’s dabbles, Bake at 350, Fifteen Spatulas and The Little Kitchen. We hope you will join us!
Check out some of my friends’ recipe for Pin A Meal. Give a Meal.
Cheesy Hash Brown Cups with Bacon – A Farmgirl’s Dabbles
Sugar Cookie Bars with Strawberry Glaze – Bake At 350
Leek Gratin – Fifteen Spatulas
Brown Butter Pasta – The Little Kitchen
Spring Panzanella Salad – Two Peas and Their Pod
White Chocolate Citrus "Chick" Cookies
- 1 cup Land O Lakes® Unsalted Butter 4 Half Sticks
- 2/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- Zest of one lemon
- Zest of one orange
- Zest of one lime
- 1/2 cup green sugar sprinkles I mixed green and yellow
- 48 candy eyes
- 24 round white chocolate truffles I used Lindt truffles
- 1/2 cup orange candy melts
- 1 bag yellow candy melts or light blue
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside. Place the butter and sugar in the bowl of your electric mixer and beat on high until light and fluffy, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the mixer on low and add the vanilla and salt, then slowly add the flour. Scrape the bowl and beat in the citrus zest until well combined.
- Roll the dough into twenty-four 1-ounce balls (about 1 1/2 tablespoons) and arrange 12 on each cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, then quickly remove from the oven and use a pestle to press a crevice in the middle of each cookie. Place the cookies back in the oven for 6 to 8 more minutes.
- When the cookies are still warm, use a small spatula to lift and dunk them into a dish of sprinkles. Then place them back on the baking sheets. Cool completely before continuing.
- Place the orange candy melts in a freezer zip bag and microwave 1 minute at a time, squishing in between, until the candy melts are completely smooth. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and pipe tiny kisses (or triangles) for beaks, and little 3-prong feet onto wax paper. Make more than you think you will need, because some will break.
- Use the same method to melt 1/2 cup yellow (or blue) candy melts. Then pipe little wings onto wax paper that look like 3 flower petals. Don't be overly concerned with perfect beaks, feet, and wings. Move quickly for smooth flowing lines. Allow the parts to dry.
- Now melt the rest of the candy melts in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave 1 minute at a time, stirring in between, until smooth. For yellow chicks: Dunk one truffle at a time into the candy melts. Lift it out and place in in the center of a citrus cookie. Cover your fingerprints with the wings, then quickly add the eyes, beak, and feet before the candy melt dries. For the blue chicks: Dunk half the truffle in blue, and place in the cookie with the color line where the chick's forehead would be. Quickly add the eyes right on the line, and attach the wings. Then use the candy melt to "glue" on the beak and feet.*I found it's best to lay out all the parts for each chick before you start. That way, you have time to get everything on before the candy melt hardens.
*The Land O’Lakes Foundation will donate $1 to Feeding America® for every recipe pinned or repinned between March 2, 2015 and April 30, 2015. (Pin any Land O’Lakes recipe or submit any recipe pin at LandOLakes.com/pinameal). $1 helps provide 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks. Land O’Lakes guarantees a minimum of 3.5 million meals (monetary equivalent of $350,000).
Disclosure: A Spicy Perspective has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of Land O Lakes® Butter for their Kitchen Conversations blogger program. This blog post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.