[dropcap]J[/dropcap]anuary gloom- ugh. I’ve hunkered down at home, my feet encased in fluffy slippers with the kettle bubbling away constantly. Winter in England just has this awful doldrum about it- the sky looks like porridge and I can’t walk anywhere without burrowing my chin down into my scarf. Sniffly red noses just aren’t my thing. Can you tell I’m just not a winter person? I do try- I embrace all the cold weather comforts and I adore the snow but give me hot summer sunshine any day. On yet another gloomy morning, I found myself reaching for the flour and butter for some cosy baking time.
Chocolate and orange is possibly my favourite flavour combination. I guess gorging on Terry’s Chocolate Orange wedges over Christmas has given me the taste for it again, so I decided to whip up something Terry like! Hence, Orange Chocolate chip cookies:
You’ll need to preheat your oven to 170c and gather the following ingredients:
1 cup of plain flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of caster sugar
1 packet of chocolate chip cookies
the zest of 1 orange
a handful of walnuts (optional)
I use cups because I find it so much easier and less time consuming than measuring out grams on the scale. Also, my measuring scale is at the top of the kitchen cupboard, which means standing on a chair to reach it. Short girl problems. So, for me, cup measurements are a god send.
Zest your orange and set aside. In a bowl, measure out the dry ingredients- sift the flour, salt and baking powder into a bowl and set that aside too.
In another bowl, add the butter and sugars and stir until creamy. Add the vanilla and orange zest, give it a mix, and then add in your chocolate chips. I had leftover walnuts from Christmas, so I added those too, just to be a sassypants. I slowly added the flour and stirred it all together with a wooden spoon.I usually pop the cookie mix into the fridge for about 30 minutes to chill- it’s a little trick I read about to ensure a crispy result!
Place some baking paper over a tray and with a teaspoon, dollop the cookie mix onto the sheet. A heaping teaspoon is all you need- trust me. I always have to fight the urge to add more, but once they’re baked, they’re just the right size. Place the sheet into the oven for 12-15 minutes. Once they’re done, let them cool.
As they cool down, they’ll crisp up and you’re left with a crunchy biscuit! One of the best parts about baking is the smell wafting through the house- an extra brownie point for winter baking! So as much as I struggle with winter, at least the comfort factor is ramped up with these. With a mug of tea, I’ll get through this gloom 🙂