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RECIPE

Orange Chocolate Cookies

Ingredients:

Cookie:

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons juice of orange
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon orange extract
  • 2 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate:

  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter

Preparation:

For the Cookies:
In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and sugar with your mixer on low speed.

Then, add the egg, orange juice, zest, and extract. Mix on low until combined.

Add the flour and baking powder and mix until a dough forms.

Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes. Set up a cookie press with your desired shape (try a shape with ridges or grooves for easy decorating with the chocolate. Once chilled, load a cookie press with dough and press out cookies onto an ungreased baking sheet.

Preheat your oven to 400˚F. Bake the cookies for 10-12 min or until the edges are lightly golden brown. Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack.

For the Chocolate:
In medium saucepan over very low heat, slowly melt the chocolate and butter. Stir until it’s completely combined; the mixture will be thick, not glossy.

Let it cool to room temperature – the chocolate will gloss as it cools.

Spread a thin layer of chocolate on the bottom of each cookie, and let them cool until the chocolate hardens. Then turn the cookies over.

To pipe chocolate stripes on tops of the cookies, pour the ,remaining chocolate into a gallon size plastic food storage bag and cut off a very small tip of one of the bottom corners of the bag.

Turn the cookies over, and pipe chocolate stripes on top of each cookie. Let the chocolate harden before storing the cookies.

Rachael Ray