Chocolate Orange Cookies

We both love chocolate cookies as they are, but sometimes it is funny to experiment and make new variations of old recipes. As christmas is coming up, I wanted to try a version with orange as it reminds me of my childhood where my mom had oranges with cloves hanging in the windows.
Last year I bought a few tablespoons of orange purée and it was very expensive, so I decided to try and make my own this year. It turned out to be great and will definitely recommend that you make it yourself (it is very easy). Putting my home made orange purée into these cookies has been nothing less than a hit and I am without doubt going to make them for christmas 🙂

 

Ingredients (16 cookies)

1/2 cup bittersweet chocolate (I prefer Amedei Toascano Black 70%)

1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips (— // —)

1 tbsp. butter

1 egg

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla sugar

1/3 cup flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. orange purée

 

Melt chocolate and butter together slowly in a heat proof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Be careful not to get any water into the bowl, as it will ruin the chocolate.

In another bowl whisk together egg, sugar, vanilla sugar and orange purée. Whisk until combined and add the melted chocolate (before adding the chocolate, make sure that it is not warmer than room temperature, otherwise it will ruin the batter).

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Combine until smooth before shifting in flour, baking powder and salt. Whisk again until combined and then add the chocolate chips (if your chocolate chips are large, it is good idea to chop them roughly, before adding them to the batter).

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Put teaspoonfuls on a baking tray, and bake at 350F for 12-13 minutes.

And VERY IMPORTANTLY – don’t forget to lick the bowl, spatula and spoons so that nothing goes to waist 😀

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Bon Appétit!

Ingredients (16 cookies)

100 g bittersweet chocolate (I prefer Amedei Toscano Black 70%)

50 g bitterweet chocolate chips (— // —)

1 tbsp. butter

1 egg

85 g granulated sugar

1/2 tsp. vanilla sugar

40 g flour

1/4 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. orange purée

 

Orange Puree

This is by far the easiest thing I have ever made!! And tastes even better than the expensive two tablespoons I bought last christmas. And the best thing is that you get all the antioxidants from orange peel AND it is totally organic – what a great deal!

I have frozen a majority of the portion for christmas treats, and used a bit for chocolate orange cookies which tastes nothing less than FABULOUS!!

 

Ingredients (2 cups)

4 organic oranges

 

Wash and dry the oranges carefully before cutting the top and bottom off. Cut the oranges in half and remove all seeds (if any) and the stem. Cut the oranges into smaller pieces and place them in a hand blender. Blend until the purée has the wanted consistency.

Place the purée in an air tight container and fridge if you are going to use it within days. If not, divide in smaller portions – use an ice cube tray if you have one – and freeze until use 🙂

Use in chocolate orange cookies, christmas treat or in your christmas gravy!

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Bon Appétit!