Chocolate Orange Cookies

baked cookies

Is there anything more delicious than cookie dough? If there is, I've yet to find it. It takes a lot of willpower not to just make the dough and eat it straight out of the bowl. But, when cooked, these are equally, if not more, delicious as their raw form. The chocolate is a bit melty, the dough soft and chewy (but not too chewy), and the edges delightfully browned.

I used a Lorraine Pascale recipe for Choc Chip Cookies, and I'm pretty pleased with how they came out. Super simple and super tasty, these will definitely please a crowd and satisfy your sweet tooth. Paul certainly seemed to like them, eating half the batch himself in under 48 hours. I hope you like them too!

You'll need:

  • 110g unsalted butter, softened (just leave it out of the fridge for a few hours before you start baking) 
  • 200g light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract - the good stuff)
  • 200g plain flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 whole Terry's Chocolate Orange, chopped into pieces

Makes 12 big cookies.

chocolate chunks

1. Preheat the oven to 190 and line two baking trays with greaseproof paper

2. Cream together the butter and sugar in a large bowl. It's a bit tough going with a hand whisk, so use an electric one if you have one (you lucky devil, you!)

3. Stir in the egg and vanilla and mix well. Don't worry if it looks weird, it will all come together in the end.

4. Add the dry ingredients and the zest. Mix until it looks like cookie dough. It'll be a bit of an arm workout as the dough is pretty stiff.

5. Fold in the chocolate chips. It should look something like this:

chocolate chip cookie dough

 

6. Divide into 12 balls. Place the balls onto the baking trays, making sure they're evenly spaced and have enough room to spread out whilst their cooking. Squish down a little bit so they're flat on tip.

7. Bake for 10 minutes. When you remove them, they will still be soft, but will harden up when they start to cool. If they're hard when you take them out of the oven, they'll be chewy when cool, so don't leave them in much longer than 10 minutes, even if you're worried. They should have a slightly cracked appearance. Use a knife to separate the cookies where they've stuck together to make it easier later, and leave to cool on the trays.

8. Enjoy!

chocolate orange cookies