I'm on a bit of a cookie kick lately. With school getting ready to start and the cooler temperatures we've been enjoying it just seems like I need to bake. I also like to get some cookies into the freezer so I always have some on hand if I need to bring a little something to someone or pull some out when we are having friends over.
I've had Southern Living All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipes (Southern Living) for quite a long time. I've made a few different cookies from it, but never marked the recipe for Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies. Of course, when I first got the cookbook I'm not sure I even thought this flavor combination would be tasty. Tastes to tend to change as you get older and are exposed to more flavors over time.
Once again, I had all the ingredients on hand which probably means I have a well-stocked pantry. I've been doing something right when it comes to food shopping. These cookies went together in a matter of minutes and even before baking the fresh scent of orange wafted up from the batter. I was a little uncertain that I could get 3 dozen cookies out of the batter that I had as it didn't look like very much. When I re-read the instructions, I realized that rather than dropping by the tablespoon it was a teaspoon. I loved that these were going to be a bite-size cookie.
These cake-like cookies melt in your mouth. The orange and chocolate compliment each other in such a way that you can't help but go back for another cookie. Thank goodness, they are small cookies so that you can indulge in more than one without as much guilt. I did substitute the cream cheese for 1/3 less fat cream cheese since that is what I had on hand and I think that they baked up beautifully.
If you have room for another cookbook on your shelf, this is one worth having.
Orange-Chocolate Chip Cookies
Source: Southern Living All-Time Favorite Cookie Recipes
1/2 cup shortening
3 ounces cream cheese, softened (reduced fat cream cheese can be subsituted)
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
Combine shortening through egg in a large bowl; beat until smooth and creamy. Add vanilla and orange rind; beat well.
Combine flour and salt; add to creamed mixture, beating well. Stir in chocolate chips.
Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until edges just begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.
Yield: 3 dozen.
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