Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Orange-Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

These cookies look like chocolate chip, but they're not. They're Orange Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips from the February 2003 Bon Appetit. Have I mentioned how much I enjoy the combination of orange & chocolate? I think I started drooling when I saw Chocolate Dipped Clementines at How Sweet It Is. Too bad we ate all our clementines. Chocolate-Orange Milanos? Yum! I love chocolate in combination with orange, or mint, or coffee. Chocolate just seems to taste that much yummier when paired with another flavor.These are one of my 'more favorite' cookies, but sadly, for being such a favorite, I'm pretty sure these have not been made since Christmas 2008. Two years!! Time to fix that. SP whipped up a batch Friday afternoon while I was at Hyeholde afternoon tea. Shortbread. With chocolate. And orange peel plus orange extract. Plus a little whipping cream. Yum. The recipe calls for double chocolate chips but I don't think I've ever used double chocolate chips. I use either regular semi-sweet chocolate chips or Hershey's dark chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips.

We enjoyed some cookies Friday evening. Saturday after the Steelers victory. Sunday afternoon. Sunday evening after the Jets victory. We were enjoying a lot of these cookies!The downside to these super yummy cookies is that the recipe yields just 20-24 cookies. That's not a lot when you're a mini cookie monster. These cookies were not going to last too long! So Sunday afternoon, we made more cookies. This time, good old Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.Mmmm. I know some people don't think these are even remotely close to being a yummy chocolate chip cookie, but I think they're pretty tasty. I wouldn't say best. But certainly worth the time & effort. And so easy to make.Of course, I'm hard pressed to think of a chocolate chip cookie I haven't liked -- other than ones that involve some kind of nut. SP always asks if I want the nuts added, hoping I'll someday say yes since he enjoys the nuts in chocolate chip cookies. But I always say no. I always will say no.

Two kinds of cookies for desserts this week. And afternoon snacks. And maybe even for breakfast treats...!

Orange Shortbread Cookies with Chocolate Chips

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons (packed) grated orange peel
1/2 teaspoon orange extract
1 large egg yolk
3 tablespoons whipping cream
8 ounces double chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli double chocolate chips)

Position rack in center of oven; preheat to 350°F. Butter and flour large baking sheet. Whisk first 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, orange peel, and orange extract in large bowl until fluffy. Beat in yolk, then cream. Add flour mixture; beat until dough comes together in moist clumps. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop dough by generous tablespoonfuls onto baking sheet, spacing 3/4 inch apart. Using moistened fingertips, flatten each to 1/2-inch-thick round. Bake cookies until golden, about 18 minutes. Transfer to rack; cool. (Can be made 3 days ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.)

*This recipe calls for double chocolate chips, which have a deep, rich chocolate flavor because they are made with bittersweet chocolate. Regular semisweet chocolate chips can be substituted.

Yield: Makes about 20
Bon Appetit February 2003

1 comment:

  1. Ohh, the orange-chocolate shortbread cookies look so divine. I, too, am a sucker for nearly any chocolate pairing, but chocolate and orange is my particular favorite. I can't wait to try these. I'm just going to have to figure out a vegan substitute for the whipping cream so that my partner gets to partake as well. Thanks for sharing!

    And those Ghiradelli chips are amazing. I got some of their semi-sweet while shopping last week. Unlike some brands (ahem, Hershey's), they make true semi-sweets with no milk.