Chocolate orange cookies served on a wire rack

Chocolate orange cookies

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(6 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins Cook: 15 mins plus 2 hrs chilling

Easy

MAKES 25

Top rich chocolate biscuits with candied orange peel to make these moreish bites. They make a great edible gift for Christmas 

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: Per cookie

  • kcal172
  • fat11g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs16g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre2g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.3g
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Ingredients

  • 225g butter, softened
    Butter

    Butter

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    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 80g icing sugar
  • 1 orange, zested and ½ juiced
    Orange

    Orange

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    One of the best-known citrus fruits, oranges aren't necessarily orange - some varieties are…

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 40g cocoa powder
  • 175g dark or milk chocolate, chopped

    Chocolate ganache

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    Chocolate ganache is a combination of chocolate and double cream. It's simple to…

  • 40g chopped candied orange peel
  • 5 strips sugared candied orange peel, each cut into 5 pieces
  • 1-2 tbsp milk

    Milk

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Method

  1. Beat the butter with an electric whisk until it is light and fluffy, then beat in the icing sugar a little at a time, adding the orange zest and 1 tbsp orange juice. Beat in the flour and cocoa a little at a time, then mix in the chocolate and orange peel and 1-2 tbsp milk.

  2. Divide the mixture into two, pat each into a rough log shape on a piece of non-stick wrap or baking parchment, then use the wrap to help you shape each piece into a log around 15cm long. Chill until firm, about 2 hrs (see tip, below).

  3. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Line two baking sheets. Cut ½cm-thick cookies from the dough and lay them on the baking sheets, leaving space so they can puff up and spread. Put a piece of sugared candied orange on top of each. Bake for 10-15 mins or until the cookies are puffed. Cool on the sheets for a couple of mins before sliding them onto a wire rack. Will keep for two to three days in an airtight container.

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