Every year I buy extra of the Terry’s Chocolate Oranges to put in the werewolves’ stockings even though they will never eat them all. I do it because my husband and I are crazy for those! I can easily eat a whole one myself. I wanted to make a cookie that gave me the same flavor. These cookies are completely my own invention as I could not find a recipe that I could even adapt to fit what I wanted. These are soft and cakelike with a definite orange flavor but plenty of smooth chocolate to balance. You will need:
1 cup of butter
¾ cup of sugar
½ cup of brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoon of orange zest
1 tablespoon orange extract (Penzey’s makes a terrific variety and they have online shopping!)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ cup cocoa
1 teaspoon espresso powder (or any instant coffee)
3 cups flour
½ cup of chocolate chips
½ cup milk
Cream together the butter and sugar then add in the cocoa, espresso powder, orange zest, and extract. Once this is all mixed together well then add in the egg, salt, and the baking powder. Note: If using an electric stand mixer do not turn it on high when adding the cocoa or you will end up with cocoa everywhere like I did. Low and slow on this part! Now you can mix in the flour, chocolate chips, and milk. Remove the dough to a piece of plastic wrap. Form it into a long log shape as best as you can.
Roll up in the plastic wrap and make sure it is even in width all the way. Place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350°. Cut your dough in half and place the other half back into the refrigerator so it can stay firm until you need it. Slice into about 1 inch wide pieces then place on a cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 15 minutes. Let sit on the cookie sheet for 3 minutes then cool completely on racks. These are so good they can be dangerous!