Chocolate Dipped Orange Cookies

12:57 PM

Chocolate and orange just go together so well. I can't really describe why but they just do! Okay chocolate really just goes with everything but still.

The texture of these cookies isn't super crisp but isn't super soft either, it's in between and I love it. They're not super sweet so they won't upset your stomach like some other cookies do. Due to their interesting flavor, kids probably won't be a fan of them but there is nothing wrong with an adult's only cookie.

My family actually ate all the other cookies before I could get some pictures of them. I was only left with two for my little photoshoot here!



Yield: Makes 9 large cookies (Double the batch for a bigger yield
Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour (or for GF's like me, GF flour ;))
  • 2 Tbs cornstarch 
  • 1/8 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 stick of butter (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar (or to us non professionals, powdered sugar)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tb orange liqueur OR 2 tbs orange zest 
  • a splash of orange juice
  • 3 ounces or so of chocolate chips or melting chocolate
  • Optional: orange food coloring (or 1 drop of red and 14 drops of yellow)
Directions: 
1. preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, cornstarch, and baking powder. If you're using unsalted butter, also add a pinch of salt.
3. In a separate bowl, with an electric mixer, cream together the butter and the confectioners sugar until it's fluffy. Beat in the yolk, orange flavoring of choice, vanilla, and orange juice. Stir in the dry mixture and mix well. If the dough is a bit too moist, add a tablespoon or so of flour to it. Add food coloring if you'd like.
4. Spoon small balls of dough onto a well greased baking sheet. The dough will be very soft so space the balls out very well because they'll spread.
5. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes until they're golden brown. Place them on a baking rack or brown paper bag to cool. Melt the chocolate after the cookies get out of the oven according to the directions on the wrapper. I'm not very good at melting chocolate so I'm probably the last person to ask for advice on this step. 
6. Once the cookies are cooled, either dip an end of each cookie into the chocolate or spoon on a bit of chocolate and spread it around.


NOTES:
-Orange liqueur obviously has a more strong and alcoholish flavor to it. I used this and the flavor did mellow after a day. Orange zest is a bit bitter so this definitely needs to be coupled with a hearty tablespoon of orange juice
-These go excellent with a strong cup of black coffee
- I love chocolate and I recommend using dark chocolate to coat these 

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