The cookies are pretty basic - they're based on the Nestle ones I grew up making with various modifications which came from looking at my cabinets and wondering what would happen if I added this or that ingredient. Out of all the variations I've tried, this is my favorite - very chocolately with a divine orange richness to it. Enjoy!
Orange Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Cookies
Makes about 5 dozen (if you don't eat too much of the dough)
First batch ready in about 30 minutes (15 prep, 10 cooking)
|2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour|
|2/3 cup baking cocoa (powder stuff)|
|1 tsp. baking soda|
|1/4 tsp. salt|
|2 sticks (1 cup) butter or margarine|
|1/2 cup white sugar|
|1 cup packed light brown sugar|
|1 tsp vanilla extract|
|2 tsp orange extract|
|2 large eggs|
|1 cup (6 oz) white chocolate chips|
|1 cup (6 oz) milk-chocolate chips|
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Unwrap the butter and put the sticks in a large, heat-safe bowl and put the bowl somewhere warm. I put it over the back burner which also serves as the heat exhaust for the oven. The goal is to get the butter about 1/4 melted, give or take some.
- In a medium bowl combine flour, baking cocoa, baking soda, and salt.
- Take butter bowl off (or out of) heat and beat in white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla and orange extract. Beat until creamy.
- Mix in the eggs, one at a time preferably.
- Gradually beat in flour mixture, a little at a time.
- Mix in chips.
- Drop by the spoonful onto ungreased cookie sheets
- Bake for 10 minutes (more for crispier cookies, less for moister ones) and let cool on racks (if you can stand waiting!)