04 December 2010

Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cookies


The holiday season calls for extra special baking. This festive time of year brings out a longing for flavors and textures that draw on our memories and light our imagination. It asks us to search out recipes that are at once both comforting and inspiring.

As we celebrate we hope to offer a taste of something that reflects the best of who we are. We also want to honor those qualities that make the recipient special to us. What better way to do that than to bake with quality ingredients that are wholesome and nutritious as well as rich and delicious?

These cookies meet this lofty ideal. They are not low in fat but the fat content comes from sources that are recommended for their healthful benefits. In fact almost every ingredient in these cookies, with the exception of the sugar, flour and leavening, is on one list of superfoods or another. Eggs, walnuts, almonds, extra virgin olive oil, oranges and even chocolate are now recommended as smart additions to a healthy diet. These cookies taste rich and fresh and incredibly delectable.

Based on a recipe for Blood Orange Olive Oil Brownies that I tried last Valentine's Day these cookies deliver a similarly rich impact in a two-bite sized gem. They make a worthy holiday indulgence.


Chocolate Orange Olive Oil Cookies

2 cups flour
¾ ground almonds
½ t baking soda
¼ t salt
1 T finely grated orange zest
1¼ cups sugar
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil (I used blood orange EVOO from Navidi's)
3 eggs
1½ cups chocolate chips, melted and cooled
1 cup toasted walnuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, soda, salt. Set aside.

Stir the olive oil into the melted chocolate. Set aside.

In a large bowl mixing bowl rub the orange zest into the sugar until fragrant. Stir in the ground almonds. With an electric mixer on medium beat in the eggs and beating until well combined. Add the chocolate mixture and continue beating until smooth.

Add the flour mixture and then the walnuts blending just until combined. Do not overmix.

Drop dough by Tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 1½ inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. (Rounded teaspoonful sized cookies bake for 8 minutes.) Immediately transfer to a rack to cool.

Enjoy!

3 comments:

Holly said...

Wow! These sound really good-I love chocolate and orange together:)

grace said...

i've never ever made cookies with anything but butter (and occasionally shortening--gasp!). i'm honestly surprised at how lovely they turned out! this is worth a try for sure.

Kate said...

These look very tempting...chocolate and orange together are always a hit.