I made these on a whim on Saturday morning, before everyone arrived for the exchange, and while I could still stand and work at the counter. When my mom arrived later on to bring drugs and survey the aftermath, these were her favourites (not knowing who had made them). I had Mike in mind, who adores those Terry’s Chocolate Oranges, but anyone who loves chocolate and orange together will love these. You could fancy them up with dried cranberries and white chocolate chunks and pecans, but I rather like the dramatic effect of pure dark chocolate and orange.
Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies
With thanks to Anna Olson for her chocolate chip cookie recipe – now the standard to which I compare all other cookies.
3/4 cup butter, at room temp
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup sugar
finely grated zest of an orange
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp. cornstarch
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
8 oz. (or more) dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped into chunks
1/2 cup candied citron (optional)
Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, beat the butter, sugars and orange zest until pale and almost fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt and stir or beat on low until almost combined; add the chocolate chunks and citron (if you’re using it) and stir just until blended.
Drop dough by the spoonful onto a parchment-lined (or buttered) sheet and bake for 10-14 minutes (depending on their size) until golden around the edges but still soft in the middle. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Makes about 1 1/2 dozen large or 3 1/2 dozen small cookies.