Orange and Chocolate Cookies

Before I share the recipe for this cookies I want very fast to talk about a couple of things that are somehow related with this blog. First I finally got a DSLR camera for my food pictures. I am so excited because I got a great deal on ebay. A Canon EOS D60 6MP Digital Camera for only $156.00! It pays off to spend countless hours watching and hunting down deals on ebay, doesn’t it? Of course, the camera is not new and it didn’t come with a manual, lens or software, but that’s what the internet is for, right? I am a very happy cook and amateur photographer right now. I have spent a lot of time learning its functions and taking pictures of every item and cat in my house. LOL. I’ll always love film photography, but digital is so dang nice :)

In another topic, I have been a very bad blogger lately. Ever since I decided to try to make a living out of blogging it seems like the day doesn’t have enough hours to do everything I have planned. This is maybe because I am very disorganized and the days are so short! I have a lot of awards that I have received that need to be put up. I have been lazy in visiting my friend’s blogs and I haven’t kept up with the forum. So here I am announcing that the event I love baking has been closed. I didn’t have the time to promote it and it just fell in the pit of oblivion, besides I didn’t hear back from the sponsors, what a shame :( Maybe it will come back sometime, when I get my life in order! Does anyone want to work as my assistance? I’ll pay you with food and cookies :)

Now to the recipe. A bunch of blogging friends (Jerry, Sandy, Courtney, Kelly, Claire, Andrea and Judy) are having a cookie xtravaganza event where they are baking cookies for 12 days. Yummy! I was invited to participate, but the email ended up in an account I never check so I didn’t get ready for this fun event. However, their creations made me hungry for cookies and decided to make this orange and chocolate kind. I didn’t follow any recipes. I just tried to remember from the top of my head what ingredients cookies usually have in them and came out with this recipe:

Orange and Chocolate Cookies
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: Makes 12 Cookies
  • •1/2 cup butter at room temperature
  • •1/2 cup sugar
  • •1/2 tsp orange extract
  • •zest of one orange
  • •1 egg
  • •1¼ cups flour
  • •1½ tsp baking powder
  • •1/2 tsp salt
  • •1 tsp vanilla extract
  • •1/2 cup semi-sweet dark chocolate
  1. Cream butter and sugar until you get a smooth yellowish mix. Add orange extract, zest and egg. Beat a little longer.
  2. Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the butter mixture.
  3. Add vanilla extract and beat until all the ingredients are well blended.
  4. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  5. Form 1" balls with the dough and place on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the bottoms start to turn golden brown.
  6. While the cookies cool down, melt chocolate by placing it in a bowl over boiling water. Cover cookies with chocolate and let it harden before eating.

Even though I liked this cookies, they are a little bit to dry. Maybe I will use more butter next time. That should work, right? Are you baking cookies for the holidays? Should I expect some in my mailbox? LOL

¡Buen provecho!

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  • Wow your cookies have such a nice shape, mine always just go flat while they are in the oven.
    I am bookmarking this recipe.
    Looks so yumm andmust be delicious with the orange flavour

  • Hola querido :D. I think that getting organized is the first step in this blogging world!!! But it also requires time and then you let other things undone… and there we are… I’m also struggling with schedules and free time and gym time… it’s hard!!! Anyways, your pictures are surely stunning Ben! I can see the difference ;D Great job!
    Is it typical to bake cookies for Xmas in the States?

    Come and see what I have for you in my blog… not an award… suspense, intriga he, he

  • This is the kind of cookie Santa should find next to a glass of milk.

  • I love those cookies! Orange and chocolate was the first truffle flavor I’ve ever made, and it goes so well together in everything. (People say I use too much orange flavoring in things, though.)

    Nice deal on the camera! What kind of camera were you using before?

  • You are tempting us with all these goodies Ben. Isn’t it amazing how classic some of these cookies are?

  • I bet you are loving that new camera. Your cookies look great. Wish you could have joined us for the cookie extravaganza!

  • I just checked the link you gave and it is written the camera is 399.
    It could be i am wrong too.

  • First of all, great first shot of the cookies with chocolate dripping! While I’m not a baker, I am an eater (aren’t we all?) and I love the combination of orange and dark chocolate. I keep a candy bar in the fridge with those flavors and that’s my secret indulgence (breaking off a little square here and there).

  • Hi Ben!

    You’ve purchased an excellent camera worth the effort!… the result is on the screen gorgeous pictures!
    Orange and chocolate…these cookies are absolutely incredible …quite sinful :)
    Deserve a big stumble at stumbleupon!

    Gera .:. sweetsfoods

  • Congrats on the new toy Ben! I understand…life has a habit of getting in the way sometimes!…LOL! These cookies are really simple and I actually made a batch the other day using polenta with orange!

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