Monday, 12 December 2011

Chocolate, orange and cranberry cookies

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.

 adding the orange zest 

 I made sure every cookie had at least 1 chocolate puddle :)

I'm also submitting this to Vanessa's Let's Make Christmas Event as it would be a great Christmas gift

And finally to a cookie bloghop from mikesbaking #cookielove

An original recipe by bakingaddict
Makes 22 cookies of size shown

125g butter
75g sugar
1 egg
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. 


  1. They look yummy! What a great combination...all those things go perfectely! :-)

    I've just started the Chocolate Log Blog... I may have to enter one of the challenges too!

  2. laura - thanks! The flavours worked really well together so I was really pleased. Do join in the we should cocoa challenges - so much fun!

  3. Love the combination of chocolate, cranberries and orange - two at a time is all I've ever done; swinging three sounds heavenly!

  4. Laura at the art of cooking real food - the 3 ingredients definitely work well together.

    Gloria - thanks

  5. Yum! I'm definitely craving cranberries over the holiday season - maybe because I can't find any fresh or frozen to cook with in Australia. I can, however, get dried, so this might just be the recipe to get me over the hump.

    So happy to have stumbled across your lovely blog!

    Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)

  6. Yum! I'm definitely craving cranberries over the holiday season - maybe because I can't find any fresh or frozen to cook with in Australia. I can, however, get dried, so this might just be the recipe to get me over the hump.

    So happy to have stumbled across your lovely blog!

    Catherine @ The Spring (in Brisbane)

  7. Catherine - thanks for stopping by. I hope you can satisfy your cranberry craving with this recipe.

  8. These sound scrumptious!

  9. These look really delicious..of course the combination of sweet/citrus would be wonderful!

  10. What a brilliant new invention. It's very satisfying to come up with a new recipe. They look so pretty and I bet they taste fantastic. I'm really enjoying these festive WSC entries. Thanks for yours, they are just lovely.

  11. Haha, I bet these didn't last long! They look amazing, and the chocolate puddles... mmmmmmm!

  12. Your own recipe, cool! I've had no time at all to enter competitions or baking challenges.. maybe in January!
    Also just added myself to the 'blog hop' - never heard of that before, where did it come from? Would be nice if it drove a few people to my site as well :-))

  13. yummychunklet - thanks!

    Brittany - the combination was absolutely delicious

    Choclette - Thanks! I should try creating my own recipes more often. Thanks for hosting WSC.

    Charles - lasted less than an hour!

    Caroline - Do enter in Jan, its good fun! blog hops are cool- so many recipe ideas in 1 place.

  14. Yeah for me red velvet just tastes of nothing! it's not chocolate-y enough...I'd rather pick an actual chocolate cupcake over a red velvet! Your cookies look so yummy, what a great festive flavour combo and I'm loving the massive chunks of choc you used! They look like Ben's Cookies style!

  15. These look yummy! I love the fact they have big chunks of chocolate in, my kind of cookie!

  16. Dei biscottini appetitosi ^_^
    Lieta di averti trovata, ora ti seguo!
    Buona giornata

  17. I do like the sound and look of these, Perfecto.

  18. Beautiful flavour combination, so good for this time of the year!

  19. cupcake crazy gem - thanks I love using chunks of chocolate in cookies :) Ben's cookies are my favourite!

    Lottie - thanks! see above

    Sonia m - Thanks for dropping by
    grazie per aver visitato il auguriamo che questi biscotti

    Cakeboule - thanks! :)

    Laura@howtocookgoodfood - thanks, they are quite festive :)

  20. This is really a great recipe! I never know what to do with cranberry . But hey thanks to you, now I'm gonna try to bake these lovely cookies.

  21. What a perfect combination! These cookies look very yummy!

  22. Chocolate and orange is such a nice holiday combination. We went to Hotel Chocolat while we were in London, and it was magical!

  23. i'm yet to bake with cranberries this winter - I imagine they'd taste really nice with the chocolate and orange. Yum

  24. Best combo! I love LOVE LOVE chocolate and orange!!!! Add cranberries YUM YUM ~

  25. These look gorgeous and all those flavours are so evocative of Christmas. Yum!

  26. lostinausten - Do let me know how you get on. I love cranberries :0

    Zoe - thanks!

    Cookie Sleuth - Yes Hotel Chocolat has some good stuff. Can't wait to hear about your London adventure.

    Caked Crusader - They go really well together.

    Daisy - Thanks! They were really, really good :)

    Thelittleloaf - Thanks, very Christmassy indeed :)

  27. What a lovely gift, and what good use have you put it to!!:) It was a really flavorful combination for your cookies, and I am sure it tastes awesome;)

  28. This is such a mouth watering preparation,can't wait to try it

  29. They sound so festive! And cranberry and orange is such a nice combo together! :D

  30. What a GREAT flavour combination! I LOVE the look of these cookies and they are so seasonal!

  31. Glad you put some of the chocolates to good use. I bet these cookies were delicious as I loved the flavour of these buttons.

  32. Christy - thanks it really was awesome :)

    Loveforfood - thanks, do let me know what you think.

    Lorraine - definitely a great combo!

    Karen - Thanks :)

    Purelyfood - thanks again for the chocs, the cookies were really good!


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