Friday, November 14, 2014

Vanilla Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Almost everyone of us play Candy Crush game. It's such a cool game! Many times the game says delicious, divine..... To understand the divine flavor one must taste a food with the perfect combination. There is one combination which is always "DIVINE" - Orange and Chocolate. Yes it is! they pair so well and many times I have indulged on dark chocolates with orange. It's awesome delicious!  The cookies made with orange and chocolate chips are always a super hit in my home. When you bake this one, you can feel the aroma of vanilla and orange dancing in your home! I made these cookies as a special for Children's Day (November 14 is celebrated as Children's Day in India). These were perfectly ready when the kids got home and guess..........they were so happy entering the home sniffing, grabbing handfuls and happily munching them with milk (perfect combination for a cookie)! What else could be the perfect snack on a special day for the children!



A perfect bite:



Ingredients:

Maida / All purpose flour - 2 cups
Baking soda - 1/4 tsp
Baking powder - 1 tsp
Salt - 1/4 tsp
Grated orange rind - 3 tsp
Butter - 100g or 7 tbsp
Sugar - 3/4 cup
Vanilla  - 2 tsp
Dark chocolate chips - 2 tbsp
White chocolate chips - 1/2 cup
Flax seed powder - 2 tbsp
Milk - 1/4 cup

Method:

In a cup, add milk to flax seed powder and set aside for 5 min. to make the flaxed egg. Sieve maida. baking powder, baking soda and salt and mix in a bowl and keep aside. In another bowl, cream butter and sugar till fluffy. Add the orange rind, flaxed egg and beat well. Add vanilla. Start adding the flour to the butter mixture couple of tbsp at a time and beat well. When all the flour has been mixed well and the chocolate chips and mix.



Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper (cleaning is easy) and scoop out balls (approximately 1 tbsp each ball) of the cookie dough 2 in. apart. Slightly flatten them. 




The will spread while baking but not too much. Bake for 12 min or till the edges are starting to get firmer. Cool on a wire rack. 


Store in a dry container (whatever is left out). This is a soft baked cookie and this measurement makes 38 cookies.



Tips:

1. I used to added couple more tbsp of butter, but this reduced version equally tastes good. If you want, feel free to add 1 or 2 more tbsp of butter.

2. As I said, this is a soft baked cookie. For a crunchy one, bake for 1 or 2 min. more.

3. Use a microplane grater to get the rind alone from the orange. Use Navel oranges. The cookie is a little yellowish because of the addition of orange rind.

4. For a milk free version, feel free to use orange juice in place of milk. I have made using orange juice  and is delicious too.

5. A cookie scoop helps to get same sized dough very easily. If you don't have one, measuring spoon is more than enough.

6. If you want to add more chocolates, increase it by 2 more tbsp. You can add either dark or milk chocolates or a mixture of both too.



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