Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12 Days of Goodies: Day 2 - Buttery Orange Cookies with a Chocolate Drizzle

These tender cookies are sure to be a hit on your holiday cookie tray. Unlike some cookies, these aren't overly sweet. They have a hint of orange, and the drizzle of chocolate on the top hits just the right note for sweetness and flavor combination. This was a new recipe for me this year, and it's one I'll be sure to return to and use again.

I love the combination of chocolate and orange (i.e. those chocolate oranges that you smash and then eat the segments), but if you're not a fan, feel free to leave out the orange zest and substitute almond or vanilla extract. Even peppermint extract might be a nice touch! I used milk chocolate for the drizzle, but if you like semi-sweet or bittersweet, or even white chocolate, go with it! You can adapt this cookie many different ways to suit your tastes.

Buttery Orange Cookies with a Chocolate Drizzle (recipe slightly adapted from Taste of Home Christmas Cookies 2012)
1 c. softened butter
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. orange zest
1 tsp. orange extract
1/4 tsp. salt
2 c. flour
1/2 c. sugar
1/2-3/4 c. chocolate chips (I used milk chocolate, but you can use your favorite)
1. Preheat oven to 350 and line baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Cream butter and powdered sugar until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes.
3. Beat in zest, extract and salt.
4. Add flour and mix until combined - this is a stiff dough.
5. Drop dough by Tbls. onto prepared baking sheet. Dip tops of dough in sugar, and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
6. Bake cookies 10-12 minutes, or just until set - they shouldn't be brown.
7. Once cookies have cooled, melt chocolate chips, and use a fork to drizzle the chocolate over the tops of the cookies. Alternately, you could dip half the cookie in chocolate, although you'll need more chocolate chips for this.
8. Place in the fridge or freezer until chocolate sets and hardens - 20-30 minutes.

Hugs and cookies,


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