My parents have always loved the combination of orange and chocolate. They bring back chocolate orange candy bars whenever they travel and we are always on the lookout for new chocolate/orange treats. Fannie May’s chocolate covered orange peel was always a favorite, but my sister has been making it herself for the last several years. We even have a chocolate orange marble cake at Christmas each year! So when it was time to create a recipe for this year’s The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap it was clear what I needed to make – Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Orange Peel. This may sound a little unusual, but you will be surprised by how familiar the candied orange peel tastes once you take a bite.
This is my second year participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap – a fundraiser for Cookies for Kids Cancer. Bloggers from all over the world send each other cookies, share recipes and donate to a good cause. How cool is that?
But back to the cookies: This is a very simple chocolate chip cookie recipe with a twist. And while candied orange peel sounds fancy, it is super simple. Start by slicing the top and bottom off of an orange and slicing the peel down the center. Carefully remove the fruit, trying not to tear the peel. Slice the peel into strips and store it in a bowl of water in the fridge overnight. If the peel looks weirdly thick, trim off some of the white sections with a sharp knife. This may get messy because the pith absorbs a lot of water. And now we boil it all for a few minutes, and then boil it again in a sugar and water combination. Let it dry out and you are done. Simple, right? You may only need the peel of one orange to make a batch, but it all depends on the size of the orange. This recipe calls for two oranges, but you will probably have leftovers.
|Chocolate Chip Cookies with Candied Orange Peel|| |
- 1 ½ sticks room temperature unsalted butter
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet choccolate chips
- 1 cup candied orange peel, chopped
- 3 oranges
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water, plus more for boiling
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, or other sturdy bowl, beat together sugars and butter until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, salt and corn starch.
- Beat in eggs and vanilla into the sugar mixture until it is smooth
- Slowly mix in flour mixture into the sugar mixtur, a little at a time until is it well combined
- Mix in chocolate and candied orange peel - This takes some muscle!
- Roll dough into balls, and place on a lined cookie sheet. I used a regular size cookie scoop
- Space them about 2 inches apart on the cookie sheet to allow room for spreading
- Bake for 10 minutes, or until you see a little brown color on the edges of the cookie - Bake longer if you like crunchy cookies
- Wait 5 minutes before removing cookies from the cookie sheet.
- Slice off top and bottom pole oranges
- Make 1 long slice down the side of the orange and remove peel
- Cut peel into thin slices
- Cover in water and refrigerate overnight
- Boil peels in a pot of water for about 5 minutes
- While peels boil, use a separate pot to bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to a boil
- Remove peels from the boiling water and move to the simminger sugar solution
- Allow to boil until the peels are soft - times vary depending on the thickess of the peel - 5-15 minutes approximately
- Allow peels to dry on a cooling rack lined with wax paper (the drips are a mess to clean up)