White Chocolate Orange Cookies

Posted on 11/30/2012 by celestialgldfsh
I had a Terry's White Chocolate Orange and wanted to bake with it somehow. I decided to combine two of my favorite recipes: candy corn cookies and white chocolate macadamia nut cookies.

The verdict? AWESOMENESS. The recipe creates a unique, very fresh-tasting citrusy white chocolate cookie.

Since it's the holidays, it's the time to readily buy a Terry's Orange; I imagine the milk chocolate Orange will work just as well in this recipe, and might even make it prettier as it adds more color.

White Chocolate Orange Cookies

1 bag (10 ounces) white chocolate chips
1 Terry's White (or Milk) Chocolate Orange
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup (11 tablespoons) butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, room temperature
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (more if needed)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 orange, zested, with two tablespoons of juice reserved

Preheat oven to 350-degrees. Place 1 cup of white chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on 50% power in short increments, 20-30 seconds, and stop to stir between passes until the chips blend smoothly. Keep an eye on it! The chocolate will burn very fast. Set the bowl aside to cool.

With another bowl handy, use your fingers to break the Chocolate Orange segments into smaller chunks. (Using a blender is overkill--it pulverizes the chocolate into powder. Which isn't awful, but not ideal, either.)

In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, butter, vanilla, and eggs until they're creamy. Mix in the melted chips. Add in the tablespoons of orange juice. Stir in flour, baking soda, zest, and cream of tartar. If the mixture seems too wet, add more flour to improve the consistency--you don't want runny dough! Add the remaining chips and Chocolate Orange pieces.

Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to place dough in rounded lumps on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes, until the edges begin to turn very light golden brown. Cool on the sheet for several minutes, then move to a rack to cool.

Makes about 35 cookies using a tablespoon scoop.

Recipe originally posted here.
talakestreal 1st-Dec-2012 03:33 am (UTC)
oh man...I have a pumpkin spice chocolate orange in my freezer...I'm betting that would be fun to try this with.
reservoir 1st-Dec-2012 06:44 pm (UTC)
whoa, I have never seen these! Who makes them?
talakestreal 1st-Dec-2012 08:14 pm (UTC)
I went on a pumpkin spice hunting binge shortly before halloween...only found them one place, and they only had 4 in stock. Looks like they're back in stock now.

They do kill you with shopping though. I wanted one so bad I had to have one and didn't care.

celestialgldfsh 2nd-Dec-2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh wow, those look delicious, but I sure wish they weren't so expensive. I wonder how it would work to make a variation at home using white chocolate, a little pumpkin, and spices?
talakestreal 2nd-Dec-2012 04:30 pm (UTC)
If it's any consolation, they don't taste a lot like pumpkin...mostly like chocolate with a bit of spices, lol.
tsuki_no_bara 1st-Dec-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
no terry's chocolate orange is going to last long enough in my house to be made into cookies, but i love white chocolate chips in baked goods, and these cookies sound really yummy. i don't think i've ever heard of adding melted chocolate to the batter.
celestialgldfsh 2nd-Dec-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
The melted chocolate in the batter is from the white chocolate macadamia nut coookie recipe I've used for years. It really makes for a smooth, sweet batter--more of a texture thing than a heavy chocolate taste.
lisianthia 2nd-Dec-2012 05:12 am (UTC)
I just made a very similar batch of cookies today for a cookie swap! I got the recipe from a Christmas cookie book.
celestialgldfsh 2nd-Dec-2012 04:29 pm (UTC)
Awesome! It's such a great combination of flavors.
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