Monday, December 9, 2013

Orange-Scented Chocolate Chip Cookies

Here are some cookies great for the holidays- just add orange flavor to a chocolate chip cookie.  Years ago, I used to make a version of this recipe using white chocolate, and I really love that combo.  They're similar to these lemon-white chocolate cookies on my blog from forever ago.  My boys helped me make these and loved it.  Unfortunately, I only had clementine tangerines and used their zest, but it wasn't good and strong like a regular orange.  So if you have one, use that!  
Orange-Scented Chocolate Chip Cookies
adapted from Cooking Classy

3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract
1 Tbsp orange zest (from an orange)
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I used 1/2 cup mini's)

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. 

2.  In the bowl of an electric or stand mixer, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in eggs 1 at a time, mixing after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, orange extract and orange zest. Slowly add in dry mixture and mix until well incorporated. Gently stir in milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. 

3.  Drop cookies by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet and bake 9-11 minutes. If cookies have not flattened at all, may wish to mash down slightly with the bottom of a small juice glass.  Allow to cool on cookie sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
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