Hard on the outside, but soft, light and fluffy on the inside…
Me and cookies have a very strange relationship as when I first started baking a few years back I remember my first “baking disaster”. You never really forget when things go horribly wrong in the kitchen, but lets just say I have thrown away many cookie recipe disasters. It took me a while (years actually) before I felt the courage to attempt another cookie recipe. Knowing this you can only imagine how hesitant I felt about attempting a cookie recipe for this blog.
Nevertheless I am actually really pleased with how these turned out! Cookies as simple as they can be to make can be such a tricky thing to master. Never quite soft enough, or gooey, or crunchy – it depends completely on what you are looking for. Todays cookie recipe is inspired by my previous Chocolate Orange Cake. I love the whole chocolate and orange combo so was quite excited about what a cookie version might taste like. As the title suggests its a soft bake cookie – so expect the results to be light and airy in comparison to a more dense fudgy cookie. The trick I find to making a soft and light batch of cookies is in the amount of flour and baking powder you use. I chose to add quite a lot of flour to this batch which is how I received the light texture. Plus making sure you don’t over bake them is key.
- 2 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
- 8 tablespoons of butter
- 2 oranges (zest)
- 1/4 cup of coco powder
- 1/2 cup of caster sugar
- 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 egg
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 4
- Add the butter to a bowl and heat in the microwave until just melted
- Now add butter and both caster and brown sugar in a bowl and whisk (using an electric whisk) until golden brown and creamy.
- Add in the egg and vanilla and whisk until just incorporated – making sure not to over whisk the egg.
- now sift in all the dry ingredients. You may need to continuously add flour until dough becomes more firm and less wet.
- Grater 2 large orange and roll the cookie dough into the orange zests until evenly distributed.
- Add chocolate chips to the dough and roll the dough into small golf sized balls.
- Place on grease proof paper and bake for 8 – 12 minutes.
- Make sure not to over bake these cookies, even when they look too soft take them out as they harden while they cool.
- Allow cookies to cool for 20 minutes.
P.S I really enjoyed attempting cookies today! Let me know how you get on if you try out todays recipe. And let me know what some of your favourite cookie combos are – you know what they say sharing caring!