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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Spiced Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Is there anything better than a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie? The answer is yes of course...two warm, gooey chocolate chip cookies with a glass of milk nearby! 
These cookies were inspired by the flavors in a pepparkakor cookie (aka, swedish ginger cookie). Pepparkakors are a light, crunchy cookie full of orange zest and spice. I thought these flavors would be great in a soft chewy chocolate chip cookie, and I'm happy to report that I was correct :).

Who knew that orange and chocolate went so well together? It's one of those flavor combinations that doesn't sound like it would work, but it tooottaally does. If you really wanted to take these cookie to another level, use orange chocolate instead of chocolate chips. Woah. Game changer.

Spiced Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
1 1/2 sticks of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 egg & 1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tbs. orange zest
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1 cup chocolate chips (I used bittersweet)

1. Cream together butter and sugars. Add egg and egg yolk, combining well between each addition. Add vanilla extract and orange zest, scraping down the sides of the bowl if necessary.
2. In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.
3. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture. Once thoroughly combined, add chocolate chips. Cover bowl and let chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
4. Once you're ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Roll dough into balls, and bake for about 10 minutes, or until cookies are golden on the edges. Let cook slightly and enjoy!

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