Did you ever buy those chocolate oranges? They came in the shiny foil and when you whacked it on the counter top it broke into appropriately imprinted orange slices.
I think they were introduced around Christmas or Easter one year and we went crazy for them. I don’t know if they are still available, but I owe them all the credit for introducing me to the flavor combination, chocolate and orange.
I don’t want to be so bold as to say that it ranks up there with chocolate and peanut butter, but if I had to pick a fruit to go with my chocolate, orange just might be it.
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and while I know it isn’t everyone’s favorite holiday, I am adamant about the fact that one should, at the very least, embrace a holiday that focuses so heavily on chocolate. Forget the love, the pink, the hearts if you must, but my goodness, eat some chocolate!
I’m here to help you out with this recipe. A lot of chocolate, a little orange, some whole grains and raw sugar. Nice and simple, but the perfect way to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
½ cup unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup raw sugar
½ tsp vanilla
1 tsp fresh orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
¾ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup dark chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar, about 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the bowl and add the egg. Mix until incorporated. Add the vanilla, orange juice and orange zest, mix about 30 seconds more.
Add the baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Mix until the cocoa powder is distributed throughout the dough. With the mixer on low, add the flour a ¼ cup at a time. Mix just until it is incorporated. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon to transfer the dough to the baking sheet. Bake for 8 minutes. Allow to cool on the baking sheet 1 to 2 minutes and transfer to a cooling rack. Makes about 18 cookies.