Chocolate orange cookies

Happy Christmas Eve everyone!  I wanted to do some baking today, as we’re going to be pretty busy over the next few days, so I won’t have a lot of time to focus on blogging :-(.  It also gave me a perfect excuse not to wrap presents 🙂

Husband, Granny and I are off to the Christingle service at 5pm today.  This is a tradition for us every Christmas Eve.  It is a church service involving a nativity play, carols and a procession of children carrying candles placed in oranges (the orange representing the world).  This got me thinking…about chocolate orange cookies 🙂  I’m sure this wasn’t the message intended, but never mind!

This cookie recipe was a little bit of an experiment as it included bread flour as well as plain (all-purpose) flour.  The intention of the bread flour is to make the cookies extra chewy.  I’m sure there is a scientific reason behind this and I will endevour to find out for you 🙂  This is coupled with this recipe only using brown sugar, which makes the cookies become more chewy over the next few days.  The addition of orange chocolate and the wonderful smelling orange zest to the cookie dough takes these fairly ordinary chocolate chip cookies to another level!

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Ingredients (makes 16 large cookies or 32 small):

  • 125g soft unsalted butter
  • 225g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 125g plain flour
  • 25g cocoa
  • 50g bread flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 100g milk chocolate chips
  • 100g orange milk chocolate, chopped

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C/Gas 4.  Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.  Add the egg and beat again.
  2. Add the flours, bicarb, baking powder and orange zest and stir together to form a sticky dough.  Fold in all the chocolate.  Wrap the dough in cling film and chill for as long as you have patience! (at least an hour)
  3. Roll cookie dough into small balls and place on 2 lined baking sheets.  Bake for around 10 minutes.  Take cookies out when they look slightly underdone.  Leave for a few minutes on the baking sheet, before moving to the cooling rack.

Have a lovely Christmas Eve and holiday everyone.  A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 🙂  I’m looking forward to where Baking-Joy is going in 2013!

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3 thoughts on “Chocolate orange cookies

  1. Merry Merry Christmas. 🙂 I adore the combination of orange and chocolate! I’ve never put it into cookies before, but I have made chocolate orange brownies before. So good. I must try these!

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