Over the past couple of weeks, every Tuesday i’ve been so excited to settle down with a cup of tea and pop SU2C Bake Off on the telly. I bloody love bake off and every time it’s on I fancy myself a star baker. The other day (cannot remember what day, life is currently just one continuous blur) I dusted off the apron and decided to make some cookies out of the chocolate we had left in the cupboard. When I announced I was making chocolate orange cookies, nobody looked impressed. They all literally ate their words however, because all 16 were gone pretty damn quick. I find baking really calming so, if you’re in need of an activity to ease your stress/anxiety this quick recipe is one you could try !!
You can substitute the chocolate orange for any chocolate you fancy. I also know that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and the shops aren’t exactly stocked to full capacity/ people may not have access to a shop. So feel free, if you’re struggling to find any of the below, to get up an alternate recipe and work with whatever you’ve got!!
125g of unsalted butter
100g of granulated sugar
100g of light brown sugar
1 medium egg
1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional)
25g of cocoa powder
175g of self-raising flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp of bicarbonate soda
1/2 tsp of salt
Chocolate Orange (two would be fab)
1 | Switch your oven to 180/190 degrees (fan oven)
2 | Get two baking trays and line them, so that the cookies don’t get stuck to them later on !
3 | Mix together your butter and both sugars, I tend to use the trusty electric whisk but good old arm strength is just as good !!
4 | Add in your egg and vanilla extract, keep mixing it all in
(I often crack my egg and beat it in a separate bowl, just in case a little bit of shell sneaks in)
5 | Add in the rest of your dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, bicarbonate soda, salt) you can either add one/ mix/add another OR take the impatient person alternative (as I do) and dump it all in and afterwards mix it altogether.
6 | Break up 1 whole chocolate orange, crumble each segment up, and then fold that into the mixture (which should now be pretty thick and stodgy)
7 | Spoonful the mixture onto the baking tray, I got 16 out of the batch when I did it but, quantity will depend on how big or small you want your cookies !!
8 | Stick in the oven for 12 minutes OR…
Alternate | Stick them in for 10 minutes, get them out and place one segment from another chocolate orange onto each cookie. Once they’ve all got a bit of choc laid on top, stick them in for another 2 minutes.
BIG TIP | Really take care with cookies in the oven !! At 12 minutes they could still feel a bit squishy but, once you’ve left them on the side to cool they will firm up. Anymore than 12 minutes risks burning them, you don’t want a batch of burnt cookies.
I’m so jealous of anyone getting to make these over the next few days, I’m contemplating making another batch already BUT i’m at a huge risk of then making them a daily part of my diet. If you give these a go, give us a cheeky tag in your photos on instagram (@navigating_twenties) !! Sending you lots of love, Al x