(#22 in the limited series: cooking/baking in the time of the coronavirus quarantine)
Yesterday was a particularly bad day for me. I felt so blahhhh and did not feel like doing anything. I did not feel like cooking, baking crocheting or doing anything at all, for that matter. At the 2/3 mark (the quarantine was extended another 2 weeks), the quarantine was finally affecting my mind and heart.
The good news is, I am feeling a bit better… and today I was feeling good enough to bake chocolate cookies… with a touch of orange.
I had a dream last night – I was a kid again, and I was eating a childhood favorite – orange truffles. The memory was so vivid that I wanted to make the cookies upon waking up. Of course I had breakfast first!
As it turned out, it seemed to be fate… because when I opened my FB page, a friend had just posted a recipe for … yep… Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies! I halved the recipe – and started the making the cookie dough right after breakfast! I was feeling rather energetic that I made another batch of peanut butter cookies! And even combined a batch to make a 2-in-1!!!
The recipe needed orange zest… so what did I do with the zested orange? I made the kid an orange-banana-berry smoothie!
1 cup sugar
zest of 1 orange
Rub the zest in the sugar and set aside for a while.
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat the butter with the zested sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat well.
3/8 cup cocoa
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
Stir in the dry ingredients. Batter/dough will be stiff.
1/3 cup semi sweet mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup dark chocolate chips
Fold in the chocolate chips. Chill the dough for an hour.
Scoop dough onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350*F for 10-12 minutes.