Soft Bake Chocolate Orange Cookies

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.

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  • 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

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  1. Preheat the oven to gas mark 4
  2. Add the butter to a bowl and heat in the microwave until just melted
  3. Now add butter and both caster and brown sugar in a bowl and whisk (using an electric whisk) until golden brown and creamy.
  4. Add in the egg and vanilla and whisk until just incorporated – making sure not to over whisk the egg.
  5. now sift in all the dry ingredients. You may need to continuously add flour until dough becomes more firm and less wet.
  6. Grater 2 large orange and roll the cookie dough into the orange zests until evenly distributed. 
  7. Add chocolate chips to the dough and roll the dough into small golf sized balls.
  8. Place on grease proof paper and bake for 8 – 12 minutes.
  9. Make sure not to over bake these cookies, even when they look too soft take them out as they harden while they cool.
  10. Allow cookies to cool for 20 minutes.
  11. Enjoy!

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! 

Natasha x 

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    26th April 2016 at 1:19 pm

    mmmmm, my mouth is watering! That looks amazing! Can’t wait to try the recipe x

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