White Chocolate and Orange Cookies

08Jul07

Yesterday was a typical Melbourne winter’s day… it was raining, the wind was almost icy and so bloody cold! I felt like baking a batch of cookies and wanted to bake something I had never baked before. A cookie that wasn’t too heavy and sweet; a cookie that would be perfect with a cup of hot milky tea. Searching for a cookie that would be easy to prepare (I really couldn’t be bothered with a cookie dough I had to roll out and cut shapes out of) and a cookie that would satisfy my craving for white chocolate.

After flicking through a couple of cookbooks and food magazines, I found a recipe for White Chocolate and Orange Cookies. We all know dark chocolate and orange go very well together. So why not white chocolate and orange?

Luckily, all ingredients I needed were ready to go in my fridge or in my pantry, with the fruit bowl on the kitchen bench full of sweet navel oranges (my parents have had this recent interest obsession with fruit).


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White Chocolate and Orange Cookies

(adapted from a recipe in ‘500 Cookies‘ by Philippa Vanstone and Susannah Blake)

125g unsalted butter, softened

200g caster sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 large egg

Grated zest of a large orange (about 3 teaspoons)

200g plain flour

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

175g white chocolate chips

  1. Preheat your oven to 180°C. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper (it makes life so much easier! – no cleaning necessary!)
  2. Cream the butter and sugar using a hand-held mixer until light and fluffy (or a wooden spoon if you’re feeling energetic – I like to take the lazy option).
  3. Add the egg, vanilla essence and mix well. Add orange zest and thoroughly mix (if using a hand-held mixer, use a spoon or spatula at this stage – don’t use your mixer as the zest gets stuck in the beaters and it’s a pain in the bum to remove it all).
  4. Sift all dry ingredients into the butter mixture and add the white chocolate chips. Mix until just combined.
  5. Roll tablespoons of mixture into balls and place on baking tray about 4cm apart. Squash the dough balls down slightly with your hands.
  6. Bake for approximately 9 minutes or until light golden brown. Remove from baking sheet immediately and let them cool.
  7. Try not to eat them all at once! :)

Makes approximately 18.

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The underlying flavour of the orange zest complemented the sweet white chocolate perfectly.They were so good to munch on with my big cup of tea, sitting on the couch with a cosy blanket and reading the Saturday paper.

I ate about half a dozen. I felt sick afterwards for eating so many at once, but I don’t care. They were good!

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4 Responses to “White Chocolate and Orange Cookies”

  1. I love white chocolate cookies (usually with pistachios, after a Nigella Lawson recipe), but I have never thought of pairing white chocolate and orange. This seems like an odd yet delicious combination.

  2. Made some yesterday with the kids. Delicious. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I just baked these, they’re cooling off now, but already licking the bowl was a joy! Will let you know……

  4. They were fantastic. The recipe is now firmly printed out and at easy reach in the kitchen. Thank you!


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