Sunday, February 9, 2014

Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies -- posted by Jessica

These yummy cookies were born out of a need to use up excess bisquick baking mix and one of those orange shaped chocolates that you smack on the counter and it is supposed to break into little orange shaped segments. Well, this one had gotten a bit melted so the segments would not break apart and needed some coaxing with a paring knife. So, I decided to just chop it up and throw it in cookie dough! The original recipe was a chocolate chip orange cookie from a holiday chocolate cookbook I have. I made a few changes and came up with this version. I noticed that the first batch to bake did not spread too much, so for the next batches, I flattened the balls of cookie dough slightly on the baking sheet with the bottom of a juice glass dipped in sugar. This helped them spread out a bit and gave them a pretty sparkly top! And the dark chocolate orange chips were really delicious! Chocolate (especially DARK chocolate) pairs so nicely with orange!

Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies

1/4 cup butter softened
1 Tb vegetable oil
1 cup brown sugar (I cut this down to 3/4 cup)
2 eggs
2 Tb orange zest *
1 Tb orange juice *
*I did not have a fresh orange so I used 1 tsp vanilla and a 1/2 tsp orange extract since my chocolate was already orange flavored
3 cups bisquick baking mix
1 cup chocolate chips (or chop up a chocolate orange)

Cream the butter, oil and sugar. Beat in the eggs and flavorings. Slowly beat or stir in the bisquick and then the chocolate.
Drop by tablespoonfuls (I highly recommend a cookie scoop!) onto ungreased baking sheets (or use parchment paper). Flatten slightly with bottom of juice glassed that has been dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack to cool.
I got about 2 1/2 dozen cookies.

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