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posted: 07/09/13

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Orange Chocolate Spice Cookies. The sweet mixture of Orange and Chocolate with the added bonus of delicious spices, and smothered in a glaze.
Orange Chocolate Spice Cookies. The sweet mixture of Orange and Chocolate with the added bonus of delicious spices, and smothered in a glaze. via www.wineandglue.com
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Last month I did a guest post with these delicious little Orange Chocolate Spice Cookies over at Crazy for Crust. Hopefully you are one of Dorothy’s loyal readers and didn’t miss them, because if there is a baking blogger you should be reading, it is her.
But on the off chance that you missed the Dorothy is Awesome Memo, here’s the recipe!
Orange Chocolate Spice Cookies. The sweet mixture of Orange and Chocolate with the added bonus of delicious spices, and smothered in a glaze. via www.wineandglue.com
This recipe comes from my grandma, but has been adapted to be more to my liking, taking out lard and putting in butter, taking out nuts, and adjusting all the ingredients so that it can be cooked on a smaller scale.
Grandma liked to cook for the whole city.
Orange Chocolate Spice Cookies. The sweet mixture of Orange and Chocolate with the added bonus of delicious spices, and smothered in a glaze. via www.wineandglue.com
These cookies come together so easily, really, you just mix it all together at once, form into little balls and bake them. They are so delicious warm and right out of the oven, or you can let them cool and dip them in powdered sugar and milk to give them a nice glaze.
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Orange Chocolate Spice Cookies

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Ingredients

  • Cookies
  • 3 cups sifted flour
  • 3 tsps baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • the juice of one orange just shy of 1/3 cup
  • the zest of one orange optional
  • 1 TBSP cocoa powder
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 6 TBSPs butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 TBSP milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Put all the ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer and combine.
  • Shape the cookies into small balls and bake for 15 minutes on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • While the cookies are cooling, whisk together the sugar and the milk until well combined.
  • Once the cookies are cooled drizzle the glaze over the cookies or dip them in it.
  • Note: For a thicker glaze on the cookies, increase the amount of powdered sugar.
Author: Lisa Longley

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  1. Kirsten says

    Lisa,

    Thanks for giving me the link to include in my upcoming Band Fruit Fundraiser Recipe Round Up! It will be published on 12/4/2013!

  2. Sarah says

    When I made these cookies I had a problem with the batter being too soupy. How would you suggest to fix it? I followed the directions completely.

    • Lisa Longley says

      Sarah, without being in your kitchen with you, I can’t really be sure what went wrong. I’m actually surprised that you had the issue of soupiness with these cookies, since if anything I would worry that the batter would be too dry. Sorry they didn’t work out for you!

    • Kelly says

      All of my favorite flavors in one cookie! But I have to agree with Sarah. I’m having the same problem. The batter was the consistency of frosting. Could it be that “the juice of one orange juice” is too vague? I juiced one orange; it was a good 1/2-3/4 cup. Too much liquid in conjunction with the milk maybe? We stood at the mixer and kept adding more flour (about 4 TB); but still way too sticky to form balls. I treated them more like drop cookies. While they taste pretty good, they came out nothing like the photo. Where did we go wrong??

      • Lisa Longley says

        Kelly, its definitely possible that juice of one orange is too vague. I hate the idea of readers making a recipe of mine and not having it work out. I’m glad you liked the taste, I will have to make it again to see if I can figure out if some of wording is off and to get a more exact measurement of the orange juice. It is also possible that the butter was too soft. I was baking with a friend yesterday who reminded me many times that she is NOT a baker. For example, she mentioned that she didn’t realize that butter could be “too soft” for a recipe and that that would make a difference in the final product, which certainly could be the case with these cookies.

        • Laura says

          I’d love to try making these either today or Wednesday, but am hesitant based on a couple of comments about the dough not turning out.

          Suggestions?

          • Lisa Longley says

            Hi Laura! I just tried this recipe again, and I updated the recipe to reflect that for me, the juice of one orange is 1/3 cup. I made it exactly as I have written, and I had no problems at all. Good luck! I hope you like them.

          • Laura says

            & may I also ask what the recipe typically yields?

          • Lisa Longley says

            The batch I just made made about two and a half dozen.

          • Laura says

            Wanted to let you know I made these tonight & they seem to have turned out really well :) Excited to bring them to Christmas party tomorrow!

            Thanks!

        • Lisa Longley says

          Hi Kelly! I just made these again and they worked fine. Though, you were totally right, the orange juice measurement was too vague. When I just did it, I got 1/3 cup of juice and that amount worked perfect. The dough still turned out sticky, but not soupy and definitely rollable.

  3. Kelley says

    Planning on making these for Christmas! How long can they be stored?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Kelley, I think these would be good for a solid week stored in an airtight container. If you want them to last longer, I think that these would freeze really well if you freeze them with paper towels between the layers.

  4. Tara says

    So I used undweetened cocoa powder, does it need to be sweetened? My husband loved them as they were and I followed the recipe to the letter with 1/3 cup orange juice. I was wondering though, the batter was so sticky I couldn’t pick it up to form balls so I used a scoop and they came out huge after baking. Is it supposed to be so sticky? I live in Colorado, so high elevation…do I need to adjust anything? The bottoms of the cookies weren’t intact either, not sure how to explain it…but it looked like the inside of a muffin as far as texture I guess! I lijed that they were like cake/spongey cookies but would prefer a solid bottom, not sure what happened there. I’m making these again gor my company party so I want to get this down! Any suggestions?

    (Also I used a splash of vanilla in the milk/powdered sugar frosting and it was really yummy!)

    • Lisa Longley says

      So the elevation FOR SURE played a roll in the issues that occurred during baking. I have no experience baking in higher altitudes, but I know that it plays a major roll and adjustments need to be made. As for the sticky dough, I didn’t have that issue, but next time you could try chilling the dough for just a few minutes.

  5. Katie says

    Ooo these are delicious! Pure fall! I’m wondering what your grandma’s original yield was, as I’m thinking these would be awesome for a cookie exchange. Do you have any problems scaling this recipe up? Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I don’t know what the original yield was, but I can’t imagine any problems with scaling it up!

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