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Decadent Orange and Chocolate Cookies


People certainly do love fruit and chocolate together, with chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate-covered cherries, and chocolate-covered bananas topping the list of common faves. Another match made in heaven: chocolate and orange. With this recipe for easy-to-make, delightfully sweet and citrusy cookies featuring real orange flavor, a touch of vanilla, and indulgent dark chocolate, you’ll enjoy every fruit-flavored bite!

Servings: 24 cookies


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup butter, room temperature
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup candied orange peels, diced
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips

Instructions:

  1. Blend the butter, sugar, and vanilla extract together.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, orange peels, and orange zest, and combine it well with the butter mixture.
  3. Form the dough into logs, wrap them in wax paper, and chill for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 300°F, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Cut the logs into ¼-inch slices, and bake until they start turning light golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Place on a baking rack to cool, about 20 minutes.
  5. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir, and then heat for 30 seconds; repeat until the chocolate is melted.
  6. Dip each cookie halfway into the chocolate, and place on wax paper. Sprinkle
    extra orange zest for added flavor, and let cool.

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Serve these cookies on a glass tray for an extra touch of elegance at the holidays. For more delicious holiday ideas, visit www.americanlifestylemag.com/recipes.