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Orange Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Orange Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes

Orange and chocolate is a classic combination, and one that I didn't think I would care for, until I tasted it. Turns out, bright citrus flavors marry beautifully with rich, dark chocolate, and in this case transform a traditional, plain-Jane sugar cookie into anything but. Kids love to help roll the cookies in sugar and flatten them with a glass. Serve with hot chocolate for a real taste treat.

by Alison Needham

What you'll need

  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 2 cups semi-sweet or dark chocolate chunks
  • 1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 2 extra large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar

Helpful Tip:

Look for bags of pre-cut chocolate chunks near the chocolate chips at your supermarket. Otherwise, buy a good quality dark chocolate bar and cut into chunks with a sharp knife.

Notes:

Yields 5 dozen cookies

How to make it

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugars with the oil until smooth. Add the eggs, zest, vanilla, salt, baking powder and cream of tartar to combine. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir in the flour until incorporated. The dough may be a bit dry and crumbly, but will come together when you pinch it with your fingers. Stir in the chocolate chunks.
  3. Place 1/4 cup sugar in a small bowl. Using your hands, form dough into walnut-sized balls and then roll in the sugar to coat. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Flatten dough with the bottom of a glass (the edges will crack a bit).
  4. Sprinkle the leftover sugar from the bowl over the cookies and bake in batches for 8 minutes for chewy cookies and 10 minutes for crisp cookies. They will be slightly golden around the edges, but still quite pale. Transfer to racks to cool completely.

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