This is the time of year when I start thinking about Christmas Cookies. It might just sound a bit bonkers, as it isn't even Halloween yet, but I do start thinking about Christmas baking and all that it entails early on. For the record, I love Christmas!!! I am not one of those people who starts to decorate in November, puts a blow up Santa on the roof or has my shopping done midway through August. But I am a kid at heart when it comes to Christmas.
What goes well with Christmas? Cookies, of course. Which brings me to these delightful bites of orange and chocolate goodness.
Earlier this morning, while walking the dogs. We actually only have one family pooch, but we are babysitting another pooch for a friend. For those of you who have two dogs and walk them together, by yourself, how do you do it? I have been walking them for 3 1/2 weeks now and come back absolutely exhausted every time. I think my arms have grown longer. Sometimes, I think that is a real thing.
In the midst of untangling dogs and trying not to trip over them, cookies came to mind. Which is exactly what I got into after recovering from my morning walk.
On of my absolute favourite chocolates of all time, is Terry's Chocolate Orange. You know those chocolate balls of orange segments. I could easily eat a whole one. Easy. They are divine! Like many Christmas chocolates, they are available all year round now. However, I associate them with Christmas and nothing else. Like Bailey's Irish Cream. I love that stuff. But keep it only for December then another bottle doesn't visit my house until the following December. I am strange like that. So the chocolates, like the Bailey's, only make an appearance at Christmastime.
Which finally brings me to these very simple cookies. Or biscuits, as many of you may call them. These are just a basic chocolate chip cookie with the addition of orange zest, juice, and essence. Boy, does it every change the flavour.
I am a long time fan of the basic chocolate chip cookie. Who isn't? I have been making the same recipe since I was 12. More than 3 decades, ah old. It is a recipe that never disappoints and now my daughter has taken it on as her go to baking recipe. They are great.
These cookies bring that holiday flavour with the orange. There is something about the chocolate and orange combo that is hard to beat. Well, for me anyway. If you do happen to feel like diving into a whole Terry's Chocolate Orange, why not give these easy cookies a try. Leave the chocolate ball to Christmas.
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes 4 dozen (approximately) / Prep time: 10 minutes / Bake time: 8 - 10 minutes
1 Cup/225 grams of butter
3/4 Cup/150 grams of brown sugar
1/2 Cup/100 grams of white granulated sugar
2 Cups/250 grams of plain flour
2 Cups/350 grams of chocolate chips
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon orange essence
Zest of one orange
2 Tablespoons orange juice
½ teaspoon of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, orange zest and salt. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat the butter on high speed for a minute or so. Add the brown sugar, granulated sugar, egg, orange essence and orange juice. Beat until mixture is combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Stir in flour mixture until combined. Fold in chocolate chips.
Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 7 or 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and while still warm, slightly flatten each cookie gently with the back of a spatula. This is something I only started doing a few years back, and the result is a much more dense and chewy cookie.
Let cool a few minutes before transferring the cookies to a wire rack. Once cooled completely can be stored in an airtight container for about 4 days.
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