It's been a while since I've made some cookies and I decided to experiment a little. I quite like the combination of chocolate and orange but rather than use the usual chocolate buds and orange zest I thought I'd try different forms of these flavours - namely Roasted Cocoa Nibs and Glacé Orange Slices.
Cocoa Nibs and Glacé Orange Cookies
125 grams softened butter
200 grams caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
200 grams self-raising flour, sifted (or use 200 grams plain flour mixed with 1 teaspoon baking powder)
40 grams roasted cocoa nibs
40 grams glacé orange slices, finely diced
Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F.
Place the butter and sugar into a bowl and beat until creamy and the sugar is incorporated.
Add the egg and vanilla bean paste and beat until combined.
Toss a spoonful of flour into the diced glacé orange and mix through - this helps separate the small dice and will stop it from clumping.
Stir the rest of the flour gently through the mixture using a spoon and then add the cocoa nibs and glacé orange - stir until just mixed through.
Use a small ice-cream scoop to form the cookies - leave space around each for spreading.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden.
Let them sit on the tray for a minute before moving them to a wire rack to cool completely.
This is one experiment that I can say was a complete success. The nibs give you that chocolate flavour but without unnecessary sweetness, it's a more adult taste and the orange perfumes the whole cookie.
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