Chocolate Orange Cookies

Do you enjoy gooey oozy chewy-round-the-edges-squidy-in-the-middle cookies?

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Thought so.

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These little orange chocolate numbers will fit the bill to a T.

All you’ll need is:

200g plain flour

6 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

8 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)

6 tablespoons granulated sugar

6 tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

zest and juice of half an orange (ish)

handful of chocolate drops/chopped chocolate (I used orange choocolate, use whichever you want though!)

Preheat the oven to 180°c/350°f/gas mark 4, put on your apron and get going!

 Mix your flour, cocoa powder, salt and baking soda into a bowl to break up any lumps and aerate it and set aside.

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Line your baking trays with baking parchment and grease lightly with butter/oil

(note to self, buy baking parchment! I used tin foil which just stuck to the bottom of the cookies, not ideal, so try to use baking parchment if possible)

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In a separate bowl, combine the butter and sugars. Ideally here you’d use an electric whisk but I am yet to invest in one, so used good old elbow grease and a whisk… I’m sure the cookies would have been better if I did use an electric whisk but can’t be too fussy when it comes to chocolatey bliss.

Takes 3-4 minutes with an electric mixer, so I’m afraid about 8-10 minutes of hand whisking is needed

Should be light and fluffy when you’re done with it..

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Add the egg and vanilla extract and mix for another two minutes

(You needed an arm workout, right?!)

Slowly add your cocoa powder/flour/baking powder/salt mix, whisking all the while until fully combined

Grab your chocolate bar (I used an orange chocolate fairtrade bar they were giving out free at uni)

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Chop it up into chunks.. I quite like big chunks in my cookies but it’s up to you

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‘Test’ your chocolate to check it’s free of poison, then bung it in the bowl

Add the zest of your orange (only about a quarter of the orange) and the juice.

I couldn’t tell you how much juice to add, I just added random amounts, mixed it up and tested it to see if it tasted orange-y enough!

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Stir in so the chocolate chunks are evenly distributed

Spoon the mixture onto your baking parchment, aiming to leave fairly big gaps between each cookie

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They spread out a lot so try not to make them *quite* as big as I did..

Bake until the cookies are set around the edges but still soft in the centre.. around 10 minutes.

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Remove from the oven and try to resist tucking straight in, let them cool for 10 minutes ish (or grab a spoon if you’re really desperate & no one’s looking)

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Pour yourself a glass of milk and tuck in!

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Katy-Jane x

I should just apologise for my slow posting at the minute.. been very hectic with assignments and dance rehearsals for our show next week (if you’re in Newcastle come see!! tickets on sale here!), and all that along with a pre-show diet hasn’t left much time or creativity for cooking.. should be business as usual after next weekend, in the meantime please bear with me!

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