04 April 2009

Chocolate Orange Cookies




















While I was making Cranberry Orange Cookies (a recipe I got from Elyse), I started to think about other variations I could make and once I had scoffed tasted a couple of the cookies, I realised this recipe was a keeper and I had to make them again.

It was the orange peel in the recipe that got me thinking. The orange flavour was quite subtle, so I thought it might be worth adding some orange juice to heighten the flavour and well one thing lead to another and I decided to add chocolate too. I didn't have any chocolate chips left, so I roughly chopped up half a large bar of dark chocolate.

Chocolate & Orange Cookies

3 cups Plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
100g butter, softened
100g cream cheese, softened
grated rind of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla
3 tbsp orange juice
2 eggs
150g dark cooking chocolate, diced into fairly large chunks


Preheat oven to 180c/350f/gm4

Sieve the flour, baking soda, and salt together, then set aside.

Cream the softened butter, sugar and cream cheese together until light and fluffy.

Add the orange juice, zest and vanilla and stir in. Next, add the eggs, one at a time, beating until just mixed in.

Add in half the flour mixture, stir and then add the chocolate chunks, before adding the rest of the flour. Make sure the flour is well combined, but do not over mix.

Place balls of dough (golf ball size) on baking sheets (I baked mine in batches), and squash down just a little. Bake for 11-12 minutes, until just golden around the edges. The cookies will continue to darken once removed from the oven.

Makes 16 cookies

I am entering this recipe in the blog event - For the Love of Chocolate hosted by Poornima over at Tasty Treats.

The idea behind this event is to cook a dish that has chocolate as a flavour or ingredient.

The rules are here and entries can be made until the 30th of April 2009. Plenty of time for everyone to get entries in and support this lovely new blogger.

28 comments:

  1. Chocolate? Orange? Together? Lead me to it!!!!!!

    P.S. Belated Happy Birthday - what's that you are? 21? 22?

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  2. Thanks lynn, but my lips are sealed :)

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  3. Yum! I wonder how they'd taste with lemon or lime peeling in them....

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  4. u have done my favorite combination. i could eat anything with orange & choc.

    Thanx for the info. i will try the substitute, if i cannot make it work, I will do something else:-)

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  5. what a great combination! Looks gorgeous! hope you had a great birthday!

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  6. I think they would be really good with lemon or lime Davimack :)

    Hi Soma, it is a tasty combination without a doubt. I hope you dish works well :)

    Thanks Arundathi :)

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  7. Oh Holler, this looks like such a fabulous combination!!!! I can't wait to try these. I mean, chocolate is my favorite, truth be told. The orange/cranberry cookies were really for Todd. But, when you put some chocolate into the cookies, they become totally up my alley. Great play on the cookie!!

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  8. Hi Elyse, I am with you on the chocolate front, but Graham like Todd, preferred the cranberry and orange cookies.

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  9. These look awesome! I'm a huge choc chip cookie fan (homemade style can't be beat!), and the idea of putting the choc with the orange cookies was great! I haven't made cookies in ages. I'll have to give these a go :)

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  10. these sound very tasty - I am sure I would be scoffing these :-)

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  11. I love the idea of combining chocolate chunks and orange. Sounds delicious.

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  12. Chocolate and orange really is a perfect combination. They look great!

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  13. Ooh how delicious! They look and sound so good, love the choc orange combo!

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  14. Now you've hit on one of MY favorite combos -- chocolate and orange. I'll bet these were completely delicious.

    Happy belated birthday to you as well! You're wise beyond your years, I say, no matter WHAT those years are!!

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  15. These remind me of my favourite stocking stuffer.....a chocolate Terry's orange.

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  16. They look gooooood! Can I have the domed one right at the front please?

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  17. I LOVE citrus flavors in almost anything :) But I was wondering if I could exclude the eggs?

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  18. Sounds delicious! I have a couple of blood oranges at home right now that would probably taste great in these!

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  19. Chocolate and orange cookies a match made in heaven for me. They look gorgeous.

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  20. Orange and choc are such a great combination. Really. Wonderful cookies!

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  21. Chocolate and orange is the best flavour combo ever!

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  22. What a great combination of flavours! I am thinking I might make these for my friend Scott, as he adores orange chocolate and would be sure to like these.

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  23. I hope you do try them Sarah :)

    Thanks Johanna :)

    I am in favour of this combo always Andrea :)

    Thanks Ricki :0

    Thank you Pia :)

    Hi Anne, Mmmmm, Terry's Chocolate Orange, I am thinking :D

    Thank you Lo :)

    I am there Val :)

    Sorry they are gone CC, my work collegues scoffed them :)

    I am sure it could be adjusted A & N. I think Ricki from Diet, Dessert and Dogs" is the best one to ask about changing it. She would know immmediately how to adapt it and would be happy to help.

    Oh, lucky you Apples, I love blood oranges :)

    Thanks Rosie and Duo Dishes :)

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  24. Chocolate and orange are a match made in heaven and my son would adore these cookies!

    Maria
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  25. Oh my goodness! These look amazing. :)

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  26. Mmm orange and chocolate are such a great combination. These cookies look delicious!

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  27. Chocolate and orange cookies sound good!

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