Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Chocolate-dipped orange shortbread cookies


Did anyone else get one of those chocolate oranges every year in their stocking for Christmas? There was always one in their for me to dig out on Christmas morning when I was a kid. So, I always associate the flavor of orange + chocolate with the holidays. Sarah over at Fantastical Sharing of Recipes announced that this month's Fantastical Food Fight would be shortbread cookies. In the past I've made a couple shortbread cookies, including one of my all-time favorites - Rosemary Christmas Tree Shortbread Cookies. After thinking for a bit, I thought incorporating the chocolate and orange flavor I remember from my childhood stockings would be perfect! I was right. The buttery shortbread is brightened by the addition of fresh orange juice and zest and then given a boost of extra yumminess by being dipped in chocolate. They look pretty and taste great!

I used these lemon shortbread cookies as a guide for this recipe. It will make approximately 2-1/2 dozen cookies. These cookies are a terrific addition to your holiday cookie platter! Don't forget to check out the bottom of this post for other shortbread cookie recipes.


Chocolate-dipped orange shortbread cookies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
2 teaspoons fresh orange juice
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
about 8 oz semi-sweet chocolate (sub milk or dark, if preferred)

Using an electric mixer, beat together the butter, sugar, orange zest, and juice until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and mix until combined. Use your hands to bring the dough together (it will be crumbly). Divide it in half.

Place a couple pieces of plastic wrap on the counter. Bring one half of the dough onto the middle and use your hands to bring it together into a log shape. Roll the plastic wrap around the dough (add another piece if needed). Roll on the counter top to smooth it out trying to make it as even as possible. You want to diameter to be about 2 to 2-1/2 inches. Twist the plastic wraps together at each end (like in the above photo). Repeat with the other half of the dough. Refrigerate for 3 hours.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

Unwrap the dough and slice it into 1/3-inch cookies. Place on the baking sheet. Bake for about 9-10 minutes, until the edges just start to turn golden. Let sit on the baking sheet for another minute and then remove to a cooling rack.

When the cookies are cooled, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (or on very low heat in a small saucepan stirring constantly). Dip each cookie in the chocolate about 1/3 to 1/2 of the way. Place back on the wire rack (place a baking sheet under it to catch any drips). Let the chocolate completely harden.

Store cookies in an airtight container. They are more flavorful after a day or two.


What was I cooking one year ago?: peppermint white hot chocolate
Two years ago?: chocolate chip snowball cookies
Three years ago?: spaghetti squash patties w/ cilantro-lemon yogurt
Four?: spelt eggnog pancakes
Five?: sweet & spiced glazed mixed nuts
Six?: cranberry almond couscous salad
7?: roasted red pepper dip

10 comments:

  1. Chocolate and orange are such a wonderful combo! These shortbread cookies look great, Amy.

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  2. I still adore those chocolate oranges so I know I would love these cookies.

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  3. These sound great. It's hard to beat orange and chocolate together!

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  4. Looks yummy! What a great flavour combination!

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  5. These look and sound delicious and perfect for the holidays!! Love the flavor combination so much and nice that the flavor develops over time!

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  6. Hi Amy, Merry Christmas to you. The short bread look good, orange and chocolate are great combo. :))

    Best regards,
    Amelia

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  7. I love the flavor of orange and chocolate, such a good combination. I hope you are enjoying your Christmas day.

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  8. Shortbread cookies are the best, and orange and chocolate are a great combination. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!

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  9. Oh what a great idea! My husband loved those chocolate oranges.

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  10. Those look amazing! I love orange + chocolate!

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