These chocolate orange shortbread cookies are a delicious, festive twist on traditional shortbread. These cookies have fantastic flavors that everyone will love - you'll be making them on repeat.
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A number of years ago now I spent the Holiday period with my now husband's family in Pennsylvania. It's a time of year I, like most people, associate with spending time with family.
I think until then I had been away from my own family for many New Year celebrations, but not Christmas. Plus I hadn't even met some of my now husband's family so it was a bit of a big deal. As it turned out, it was also significant because we got engaged during that trip.
In between all the excitement over that, though, I also remember how much everyone loved the shortbread I had taken to share. I'm not sure exactly how quickly it disappeared, but it was definitely finished before I left. And it wasn't a long trip.
Since then I've had a number of requests to make shortbread again. I sometimes make it plain or other times with slight twists, like this delicious chocolate orange version.
These days, we often spend the Holiday period away from extended family since traveling at that time, especially with kids, can be such a pain. Plus there's something nice about it being a little quieter with all the excitement while they are still young.
That doesn't mean I don't think of family and friends that I am not able to see even more than usual. While it's nice to send gifts, it feels all the more special to give something you have made, and these chocolate orange shortbread cookies are perfect for that.
Especially for something that's a gift, I think it's important to start with great ingredients and Bob's Red Mill Organic All Purpose Flour is the perfect base. The fact their flour is chosen by professional chefs says it all. Plus maybe partly because they are an employee-owned company, they believe in the power of small acts of kindness.
Gifts like these cookies will give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside not just because they're so tasty.
Steps to make chocolate orange shortbread
In a similar way to my Meyer lemon cookies, these orange shortbread cookies get their delicate flavor from orange zest mixed into the dough. I'll be honest, it's very faint so if you want a stronger orange flavor, I would add a little orange oil as well.
- Cream the butter and sugar then add the flour, corn starch and orange zest. Make sure the orange zest is well distributed.
- Form the dough into a log - roll it to be an even shape - and chill. Get the shape you want now.
- Slice the dough, lay the pieces on a lined baking sheet then bake. Only bake until they are just golden, these should not go brown.
- Let them cool then dip the cooled cookies in dark chocolate and leave to set.
The chocolate gives a lovely complementary flavor and helps hold them together better if you are going to be sending them. What a great bonus, right?! Plus in my house at least, chocolate is always a winner with the kids.
Theses chocolate orange shortbread cookies are a delicious combination that everyone will love. They melt in your mouth and have such a delicious, delicate orange flavor that goes so well with the chocolate. Just make sure you make enough to enjoy some yourself.
Try these other shortbread variations:
- Cranberry jam filled shortbread cookies
- Raspberry shortbread love hearts
- Millionaire's shortbread
- Plus get many more snack recipes, sweet and savory, as well as Holiday recipes in the archives.
Tools to make these cookies
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Chocolate orange shortbread cookies
- 4 oz unsalted butter 110g, 1 stick
- 2 oz sugar 55g, aprox ¼ cup, I used brown sugar but regular, fine sugar is also good
- 4 oz all purpose flour 110g, approx ¾ cup, I recommend Bob's Red Mill Organic All Purpose Flour
- 2 oz corn starch 55g cornflour, approx ½ cup
- ½ tablespoon orange zest finely grated zest from 1 orange
- 4 oz semi sweet chocolate 110g, you probably will not need all but to allow some depth to dip in
- Cream the butter and sugar with a stand mixer, or use a handheld mixer/mash by hand. Don't worry if it is still a little grainy but it should be well mixed and have a slight sheen.
- Add flour, corn starch/cornflour and orange zest and mix together so the zest is well distributed and dough comes together, but be careful not to overmix.
- Press the dough into a log, approx 1 ½in/5cm diameter, wrap in cling wrap/film and refrigerate for around an hour, or up to 3 days.
- Shortly before ready to bake, preheat oven to 350F/180C.
- After chilling, carefully slice the log of dough into relatively thin slices (approx ¼in/6mm) and place on a lined baking sheet with a little space between them.
- Bake for around 10-12min until the cookies look dry and are just about starting to brown. Allow to cool a minute before transferring to a cooling rack.
- Once cookies are completely cool, melt the chocolate in a small bowl (either over boiling water or in microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring in between). Dip the cookies into the chocolate one at a time, approximately a third to half the way in. Let excess chocolate drip off then lay on a cookie sheet or parchment to set. Repeat until all are coated, re-melting the chocolate as needed.
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