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Chocolate Orange Cookies - Slice & Bake

 

Chocolate Orange Cookies - Slice & Bake
Makes about 24 cookies


The flavors of chocolate and orange are a classic holiday duo for well-deserved reasons! In this recipe, rich
dark chocolate is paired with light and bright citrus, resulting in a cookie that tastes so sophisticated, you’ll
be happy you if you chose to make a double batch!


Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
1-1/4 cups granulated sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure almond extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed orange juice
2-1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 tablespoon orange zest (about 1 medium orange)
4 oz dark chocolate chunks, finely chopped,
plus 16 oz dark chocolate chunks for melting
Coarse sugar for rolling, (such as sugar in the raw)
Flake sea salt
Additional orange zest for sprinkling
Additional orange zest for sprinkling


Directions:
1. In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugars
and beat on medium until light and fluffy. Add the egg and almond extract and beat on high speed until the
ingredients are fully combined, roughly 5 minutes. Scrape down the sides and the bottom of the bowl with a
spatula as needed. Add the orange juice and continue mixing for another minute.
2. Sift the flour in a separate bowl and mix in the salt and cardamom. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the
wet ingredients 1/2 cup at a time, mixing on low speed until fully incorporated. Fold in the orange zest and
the 4 oz of finely chopped chocolate until evenly distributed. Gather and remove the dough from the mixer.
3. On a floured surface, divide the dough in half. Roll each half into a log, about 2-1/2 inches in diameter, and
wrap in plastic wrap. Completely chill the dough (for at least 2 hrs, or for up to 1 week).
4. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350°F. Remove one of the dough logs from the refrigerator. Roll
the logs in the coarse sugar and use a sharp, serrated knife to slice the log into individual rounds, roughly
1/2" thick. Place the cookies on a large cookie sheet, roughly 2" apart and bake for 12 minutes, or until the
edges of cookies are just starting to brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for 2 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack.
5. While the cookies are cooling, melt 16 oz of chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave (careful not
to burn the chocolate if microwaving!). Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate to coat one half, and place
the half-coated cookie on a parchment paper, or a silicone-lined baking sheet. While the chocolate is still
warm, sprinkle the cookies with the flake salt and orange zest. Place the baking sheet in the refrigerator for
about 30 minutes to allow the chocolate set.
Store the cookies in the refrigerator to ensure the chocolate stays set.


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