Sunday, 1 November 2009

White Chocolate & Orange Cookies

I've taken part in my first blog event which was the monthly bake from Sweet and Simple Bakes and made a batch of chocolate and orange cookies.

I started at about 9:30pm (after watching the semi-final of Masterchef: The Professionals) and had a batch of 24 ready by 11pm. They were very easy to make and delicious. In fact, you could even say it was a sweet and simple bake!

I took the majority into work and received universal praise. In fact, in less than an hour only two cookies remained and even they had been reserved!

These cookies have encouraged me to add cookies to my list of "perfect recipes". I want to be able to make delicious cookies that are just chewy not brittle and biscuit like (just like the ones from supermarkets but home made without all the dodgy additives).

The event recipe is on the SaSB blog, my version is below. I adapted the recipe slightly and reduced the amount of chocolate and also used a mix of white and dark chocolates.

Ingredients: 4oz butter, softened
200g caster sugar
1 egg
Grated zest of 1 orange
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ baking powder
¼ tsp salt
50g white chocolate, chopped
100g dark chocolate, chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
2. Beat the butter and sugar. Add the egg, orange zest and vanilla extract.
3. Chop the blocks of chocolate into cookies sized pieces (~5mm cubes) and stir into the butter mix.
4. Sift the dry ingredients together into the butter mix and beat together until well combined.
5. Roll into balls. Use your fingers to flatten onto a non-stick baking sheet 5cm apart.
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Cool for five minutes and transfer to a cooling rack


  1. Welcome to Sweet and Simple Bakes, we are thrilled to have you on board.

    Your cookies turned out great and I'm not surprised they didn't last long at work. My hubby bought the cookies to work too and his co-workers went nuts over them and are now asking when his bringing in more!

    Thanks for taking part and hope you will join us in our next bake which will be posted on the 3rd November on our S&SB blog.


  2. Your cookies look lovely, glad to hear they were such a hit.

    Welcome to S& SB!

  3. Welcome to the group. Your cookies look great. Yummy!!! :)

  4. Delicious cookies.. I like the combination of white & dark chocolate, however, I stuck to the recipe and use white chocolate.

  5. hi,these cookies sure are yummy arent they? me a first timer too & so v happy to be a part of sweet & simple bakes.

  6. Well done, they look great. My first time too - it's fun to see how differently they've all come out.

  7. Great job. The idea of mixing white and dark chocolate was really good.

  8. Your cookies look great! I love the idea of the white and dark chocolate together! I bet they were yummy

  9. Delicious looking cookies! So interesting to see how different everyone's turn out.

    The Bad Girl's Kitchen

  10. Reading the comments, it seems, we all agree that your use of dark and white chocolates is a great idea. Why didn't I think of that? It is so easy but it makes a difference. Kudos.

  11. I am going to take a cue from u - my next batch of cookies will be a mix of dark and white chocolates!


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