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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  • Cookies look great Ben. Glad you’re happy with your new camera!

  • Felicidades por la nueva adquisición! que envidia me das!!!!!

    Yo sigo con mi vieja camarita!! jeje!

    Y de las galletas, se me antojaron muuucho!


  • Ben, your pics just keep gettin’ better and better! You are the MAN!

  • Perfecto! Anything with orange and chocolate leaves me weak in the knees.

  • Hah! When you look at your stats, I’m the one who’s been open to your site all day. I left a window open and just found it. Hopefully that will be some kind of good luck charm, no? Your cookies are LOVELY! And they sound so delicious. I love chocolate & orange! As far as blogging for business goes, good luck to you. I try to keep a balance of working and visiting, but somehow the visiting seems to always be shortchanged, but I continue to work on it. Otherwise, something quite enjoyable turns into work.

  • Beautiful pictures! and congrats on the camera!!! 🙂

  • Beautiful picture of the chocolate drizzling. It’s always fun to find great deals isn’t it?

  • being a true sore loser, i feel like kicking my laptop’s monitor every time i see a bunch of beautiful looking cookies. STOMP STOMP STOMP!

  • Boy oh Boy, Ben, do I know JUST how you feel! LOL! 🙂

    I am sorry to hear about your event, but I know sometimes you have to let go of some of the things that you love because they just aren’t justifying the time spent. But you will get back on track soon, I am sure! Glad to see you are back! 🙂

    Those cookies look great! Love the chocolate drizzle!

  • Ben, after those lovely lights you bought at a bargain price from e-bay now this camera? The pictures are stunning. Hey, we have a group about photography in BloggerAid. When you find time why don’t you come over and give us some useful tips, pleaaaase.
    Orange and chocolate are like heaven. I can imagine this lovely taste.

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