In the lead up to Christmas I thought I would post a series on edible gifts that you can make for your friends and family for Christmas, and what better way to kick this series off than with chocolate - chocolate orange to be exact!
Chocolate orange would have to be one of my all time favourite combinations, as you may have guessed by the number of chocolate orange recipes I've shared with you. First there was a gorgeous Flourless Chocolate Orange Cake, followed by cute Mini Chocolate Mandarin Cheesecakes and finally a Chocolate Orange Layer Cake. Today it's Chocolate Orange Cookies.
Sadly Christmas is such a commercial holiday now days. Instead of buying a gift why not give something you've made yourself? What could be better than something you've made....especially when it contains chocolate! All you need to do is package these cookies up in a cute tin, or even wrap in cellophane and tie up with a pretty ribbon, and you have a beautiful, and delicious gift, that is sure to put a smile on anyones face.
These Chocolate Orange Cookies are a little different to your usual cookies in that it involves creaming eggs and sugar. The trick with them is to make sure that you whisk the eggs and sugar until they form creamy ribbons. Under whisk them and you will end up with one giant cookie puddle on your baking sheet - delicious, but not really gift worthy.
Will you be making edible gifts for your friends and family this year? What will you be making?
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Wicked Chocolate Orange Cookies
- 200 g of 70% cocoa chocolate chopped
- 60 g of butter
- 2 large eggs
- ½ cup of brown sugar
- ⅓ cup of white sugar
- t zest of 1 very large orange - if your orange isn' particularly big use 2
- ½ cup of plain flour all purpose
- ⅓ cup of cocoa
- ½ tsp of baking soda
- 200 grams of dark chocolate chips I used Lindt 70% cocoa chocolate chopped into chunks
- Preheat the oven to 170 degrees celsius (340 Fahrenheit).
- Melt the chocolate and butter and set aside to cool.
- Add the eggs and sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment and whisk until light and creamy and the mixture forms creamy ribbons.
- Fold in the melted chocolate and butter mixture. Note, it's important the chocolate mixture is allowed to cool before being added to the eggs. If it's too hot this will make the mixture too liquid.
- Sift in the flour, cocoa and baking soda and fold through the batter before adding the chocolate chips.
- Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto a baking sheet lined with baking paper and bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
Hi this sounds delicious!! Might try and make it next week!! I'm kinda a beginner so what would be the best way to melt the chocolate and butter! Thx!!
The best way is to use the double boiler method. Simply place a saucepan half filled with water on the stove top over a medium low heat. Once the water is hot, note it should not be boiling as it will burn the chocolate, place a heat proof bowl with the chocolate and butter over the saucepan and stir until almost melted. Remove from the heat and stir until it's completely melted.
I hope that makes sense 😀
Amanda Hughes says
Awesome cookies are awesome !!!
These sound great! I am making them this weekend! When should I add the orange zest?
Hi Kelly, add the orange zest as you are whisking the sugar and eggs. Let me know how the cookies turn out 😀
Kelly Matthiesen says
I made these on Saturday and they are AMAZING--so rich! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Terris@ Free Eats says
These cookies look devilishly decadent! I would love them with the cayenne pepper added!
I love the cayenne pepper addition too. It really adds a whole new level to these delicious cookies!
OK, what are the US Measurments for the grams of chocolate & butter?
This website should help you with butter conversions http://www.traditionaloven.com/conversions_of_measures/butter_converter.html but 60g of butter is approximately half a stick of butter. For the chocolate 200g of chocolate is about 7 ozs.
I hope that helps. Enjoy the cookies! 😀
Pairing orange with the chocolate is a magical combination. These cookies will be a delight for the holidays.
Chocolate and orange would have to be my all time favourite combination 😀
What a great idea. These look wonderful!
Thanks Carole 😀
a spoonful of yumm says
these cookies look fabulous 🙂
Katie @ Epicurean Mom says
These sound so decadent!! Can't wait to try them!!
Thanks Katie 😀
I agree! I love giving edible gifts. even if its just somethign small, its something you know they will use and it means more when you have gone to the effort, I think
I agree, it does mean you've gone to more effort, and I think people are always touched when you've gone to the effort of making something. 😀
Sara (Belly Rumbles) says
Handmade gifts are so wonderful, forget that they often taste better and are unique compared to store bought goodies. Chocolate and orange, such a wonderful combination, yum.
Oh wow, these look so chocolaty and delicious! Chocolate orange is absolutely the taste of Christmas for me...I always used to get an orange and a little bag of chocolate coins at the bottom of my stocking so by association Christmas isn't the same without lots of chocolate orange! Definitely going to make these, yum!
Let me know how you go with them. They are very chocolatey, just the way I like them 😀
Giving something you have made means so much more than a bought food item, for sure. I love the sound of these and they look wicked.
I agree, handmade gifts really do mean so much more than buying a gift. 😀
I was determined to give handmade treats this year, but with bubs it's been too hard. But had I had the time these cookies would have been perfect
Totally agree with you that holidays are way too commercialised now. I'm all for homemade gifts, especially the edible variety.
Indeed, they look wicked! I bet they are extremely addictive.
These look delicious, i'm such a sucker for the chocolate/orange combination. I might try these tonight!