Sunday, June 27, 2010

Cookie #14 - Chocolate Orange

My first flavor combination of this series is one of my favorite:  chocolate and orange. 
I have this fond memory of my father bringing home these little chocolates.  I was reluctant to try them at first, doubting that orange and chocolate would go together. After some convincing I popped one in my mouth and fell in love.  There's something about the way the citrus melds with the creaminess of the chcolate that is just out of this world.

For this cookie, I had to make some preparation a bit far in advance.  It involved making orange scented turbinado sugar.  I put about a cup of turbinado sugar (I used Sugar in the Raw) in a small resealable plastic container.  Into the sugar, I nestled about five 2" pieces of orange peel.  I sealed the container loosely, and set it on top of my fridge for a week.  Before I made these cookies, I poured the sugar from the container into a plastic baggie and broke up the clumps that had formed.  The result was a sweet, orange flavored sugar.

Using the chocolate wafer cookie recipe from yesterday, I added 1 tablespoon of grated orange zest to the dough the same time I added the butter.  After rolling the dough into a log, I let it chill in the freezer for about 30 minutes.  I then removed it from the plastic wrap and rolled the whole log in the orange sugar.  I rewrapped the dough and returned it to the fridge for another 30 minutes before slicing and baking as per the recipe.

The resulting cookie had a wonderful orange flavor, and the sugared edges added some crunch to the already crispy cookie.

1 comment:

TMTCO said...

I love chocolate and orange together! Another recipe that I am going to have to sample!