It's a new month and therefore a new We Should Cocoa Challenge. December is hosted by Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog and she chose orange as the ingredient for this month. Chocolate and orange is quite a classic pairing and a few ideas ran through my head - cupcakes, cakes, brownies, cookies.... I finally decided that I would create my own recipe in the form of a cookie. I absolutely love cookies, probably more than cake! My inspiration came from this lovely bag of Orange Nice Spice Puddles from Hotel Chocolat - they were part of the Christmas Collection Gift Bag that I won from a giveaway hosted by purelyfood - thank you so much! :)
So on to the cookies. Well it's a basic sugar cookie with the addition of orange zest, fresh orange juice, dried cranberries and the orange puddles. The result - a really lovely and festive cookie. You can clearly taste the individual flavours which complemented each other well. The cookie was light with a slight crunch and smelled amazing! I'm definitely making these again. You can substitute the chocolate puddles for chopped chocolate or chocolate chips - I'm thinking bits of Terry's Chocolate Orange next.
I'm also submitting this to Vanessa's Let's Make Christmas Event as it would be a great Christmas gift
An original recipe by bakingaddict
Makes 22 cookies of size shown
Zest of 1 orange
Juice of 1/2 orange
150g plain flour, sifted
110g chocolate puddles as shown here
50g dried cranberries
- Preheat the oven to 180C.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the egg and mix well.
- Add in the zest of 1 orange and juice of 1/2 an orange.
- Sift in the flour and mix well.
- Finally stir in the chocolate puddles and dried cranberries with a spatula.
- Use a small ice cream scoop to place cookies on the baking tray spaced apart.
- Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes until lightly brown around the edges.
- Allow to cool on the tray for a few minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to cool completely.