Seeing as it's only a couple of days till December , I thought I should begin giving BakingBoutique's recipes a... FESTIVE theme. And I thought the perfect way to start that theme would be with cookies. But not ANY ordinary cookies... the CHOCOLATEY- ORANGE type ! I love this recipe probably because it has a lot of festivity AND because it's generally scrumptious as well as easy!
In order to make these delish, festive cookies, you'll need the following:
125g of dark chocolate (I used plain dark chocolate)
150g of plain flour (please do NOT use self-raising flour instead for this recipe)
30g of cocoa powder (preferably ones suitable for baking)
1 tsp of bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp salt
125g of butter, softened to room temp.
75g light brown sugar
50g caster sugar
Finely grated zest of one large orange
1 egg, cold
200g of white chocolate ( I didn't add white chocolate to my biscuits only because I HATE white chocolate but it might be different for you)
Heat-proof bowl (for placing and melting the dark chocolate)
Small pan/ microwave for melting the chocolate
Medium- sized mixing bowl
Large baking sheet
Ordinary spoon for stirring the melted chocolate.
Method to making these sweet treats:
Firstly, as always, pre-heat the oven to 170 degrees/ gas mark 3. Line the baking tray with a large baking sheet.
Once that's done, melt the dark chocolate in a microwave in 30 seconds blasts. An alternative
would be melting the chocolate over a pan of barely simmering water until melted completely. After that, remove from heat and leave to cool.
While the chocolate is cooling, place the flour, cocoa powder, bicarbonate soda and salt into the mixing bowl and leave aside.
From there, cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until light and fluffy. Tip: Don't over- mix- try and cream for roughly three minutes.
Add the cooled melted chocolate and beat combine.
Beat in the orange zest and egg, followed by the flour mixture. Combined together, stir in the white chocolate chunks( this is optional unless you LOVE white chocolate).
Roll the dough into small or large balls- it depends on the size you want your biscuits to be
and place onto the baking tray. Bake for about 15-18 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean in the middle of the biscuit.
Finally after waiting for 15 minutes, remove biscuits from the oven and leave to cool on the tray for 5 minutes before transporting them to a wire rack.
(optional) Just to make the biscuits look ESPECIALLY tasty and well...sweet, I added whipped chocolate butter-cream icing and sprinkles- yum!
And that's the recipe for making festive, ADDICTIVE chocolate-orange cookies!
Please do let me know how you got in making these cookies by e-mailing me to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by commenting below.
I hope you've enjoyed this week's recipe. Until now...