Thursday, March 1, 2012
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
One of my favorite baking experiments is taking a recipe I love, and adding a new twist. Just some thing small, but designed to have a noticeable impact. It livens up old standards, and sometimes becomes a new favorite in its own right. This is one of those cases - the orange flavor in the cookies makes them truly addictive.
I start with this chewy chocolate chip cookie recipe, from Alton Brown's Good Eats: The Early Years, and make one simple change: I add the zest of 2 oranges with the wet ingredients. That's it! I seem to be adding some kind of citrus zest to everything I make these past few months, so this was a natural extension of that trend. Orange and chocolate are flavors that go together very well.
If you use that particular recipe, a few tips: I make these cookies smaller than the recipe does, using about 1 1/2 tbsp of dough per cookie. They bake in about 10 minutes, but keep a close eye on them because they go from not-quite-done to very brown in a flash. I only bake one tray at a time. If your oven bakes unevenly (like ours does, the back bakes faster), be sure to rotate the tray at some point during baking.
I like to freeze these, and eat them straight from the freezer, so they're crunchy. Nick likes how they stay chewy even after they cool. In any case, they don't last long!
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