Sunday, 1 November 2009

Sweet and Simple Bakes Monthly Bake ~ White Chocolate and Orange Cookies

For our monthly bake at Sweet and Simple Bakes I chose White Chocolate and Orange Cookies! Cookies have not featured too much in our monthly bakes, so this month I decided to address that balance with this cookie recipe. Generally cookies are quick and easy to assemble and this recipe is no exception. I’ve baked these cookies before and they were a roaring success, they didn’t last 24hrs in the cookie jar! These cookies are light, crispy, chewy and full of intense orangey chocolate flavour. I challenge you to make them and have them last more than a day! Please pop over to Sweet and Simple Bakes to view more cookie entries! If you would like to be part of our monthly bakes, we would be delighted to have you join in and bake with us – everyone is welcome! Visit our site for further details about joining.

White Chocolate & Orange Cookies

Makes 2 dozen

115g unsalted butter, softened
200g caster sugar (superfine)
1 egg
Grated zest of 1 orange (2 to 3 tsp)
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
¼ baking powder
¼ tsp salt
225g white chocolate chips (milk or dark chocolate)

Preheat the oven to 190oC/170oC fan oven/375oF/Gas mark 5.

Beat the butter and sugar. Add the egg, orange zest and vanilla extract.Sift together the dry ingredients.

Stir the dry ingredients and chocolate chips into the butter mixture and combine.

Roll into balls. Use your fingers to flatten onto a non-stick baking sheet 5cm/2in apart. Bake for 8-10 minutes.

Cool for five minutes and transfer to a cooling rack.

When cool, store in an airtight container for up to four to five days.