Sunday, 16 December 2012

Orange Chocolate Cream Cookies

Things have been, well, hectic in our household this week.  Michelle's parents surprised Michelle by coming to Fredericton on her birthday on Friday.  She was completely surprised, which is fantastic and astonishing considering I am the worst at keeping secrets.  The number of times I almost let the cat out of the bag is too many to count.  It all worked out in the end and we've had a great weekend!  More on that to come in future blogs.

For now though, my much delayed second blog (who needs to work for a living anyway?!) on the cookies I baked last weekend.

They come together very quickly and are absolutely perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. Or just to eat half a dozen as you walk by the kitchen.

These cookies are my Christmas essential.  It just isn't Christmas without gorging myself on at least a dozen of these.  Fortunately, they aren't hard to make.  In our household, I'm more the cook and Michelle the baker (for obvious reasons since Michelle used to be a pastry chef!).  I still manage to muddle through at Christmas and put these together.

Orange Chocolate Cream Cookies

2 cups of butter (one brick)
8oz light cream cheese (one brick)
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
zest of 2 naval oranges
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
700g semi-sweet chocolate chips (approx)


In a large bowl cream together butter, cream cheese and sugar.  Beat eggs and blend into mixture. Add orange zest.  In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Blend dry ingredients into creamed mixture.  Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop tablespoon portions onto parchment paper covered cookie sheet.  Bake at 350┬║F for approximately 15 minutes / until the edges are golden brown.

Yield: 4 dozen (approx).

Enjoy this holiday essential from our Happily Hectic Household!

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