Wednesday, September 1, 2010

chocolate and orange

I love chocolate and orange together, and often make a delicious cake using these ingredients, but for some reason had never thought to combine them in a cookie. One of the girls brought a freshly baked batch of these cookies to playgroup recently, and we all loved them. Soft and cakey* with an intense orange flavour and huge chunks of dark chocolate. The first time I made them however they turned out totally different, and were crispy* and shortbready like the condensed milk style chocolate chippie recipe. Nice in their own way but not the result I was after. I quizzed Sarah and found out her secret...she uses olive oil spread in her baking instead of butter. The batch today was perfect.

*for a comprehensive analysis of the different cookie 'camps' have a look at this post on Nessie's blog! Depending on mood I fluctuate between all three cookie camps...crispy, cakey and chewy.

orange chocolate chunk cookies

200g olive oil spread - need at least 65% fat content so avoid the 'light' versions (or sub for butter if you prefer crispy cookies...)
1/2 c brown sugar
2 c self-raising flour
zest of 2 oranges, finely grated
juice of 1-2 oranges
200g dark chocolate, cut into chunks

Beat the olive oil spread and brown sugar till creamy. Mix in the flour and orange zest, and enough juice to make a soft dough, more or less won't hurt. Finally stir in the chocolate. Roll into balls and place on a lined baking tray, flatten slightly. They don't spread too much, puffing up more instead. Bake for 2o minutes or so at 180 c until golden.


  1. Oh yum. I miss Jaffas. My sister gave me a condensed milk cookie recipe when I was home last time and I used it for sending to soldiers in Iraq, it travels really well. Must be a Kiwi thing, I'd never seen one before. Do you think half butter and half olive oil would work in this?

  2. Sue, am sure you could use half butter, half olive oil spread for a cookie halfway between cakey and crispy! Not sure about using actual oil though as it wouldn't cream up with the sugar so well. Let us know how you get on if you try it. Yes the condensed milk thing does seem to be a NZ thing, in fact sometimes they are called kiwi biscuits I think.


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