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Finally it is cookie time! I have so many great new cookie recipes to share and I’ve been counting down the days until December 1st to start sharing them. I’m planning to post at least 3 new Christmas cookie recipes a week up until Christmas Day. Typing that now, it seems like a lot. But, personally I believe that you can never have too many cookies!
The first Christmas cookie recipe I’m sharing this year is for Orange & Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies. The flavor combination of the orange and chocolate is fantastic! Both provide a subtle flavor that blend together beautifully to create a cookie experience that’s out of this world. The texture of the cookies is crisp when you bite into it but then it melts in your mouth. I could seriously eat these all day long!
The process might sound a little more complicated than your average slice and bake cookie, but it really isn’t. Putting the rolls together took me less than 5 minutes. Trust me, these are not hard cookies to make. I’m not a crafty or fancy baker, but I can make these without a problem.
Orange & Chocolate Checkerboard Cookies
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp freshly grated orange peel
- 6 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
- Beat butter in a large mixing bowl for 1 minute. Add sugar and beat with butter until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat for another minute. Beat in orange juice just until combined.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to the mixing bowl in two portions, beating just until combined after each addition.
- Divide dough in half. Beat the grated orange peel into half the dough.
- In a small bowl, stir together the cocoa powder and oil until well combined. Beat into the remaining half of the dough.
- Form both halves of the dough into equally-sized logs. Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour.
- Cut each well-chilled log in half lengthwise. Then cut each half lengthwise in half again.
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