Friday, January 18, 2008

Candy Cookies

The kids are fed and playing, the oldest is off to school, and as I sit here with my morning coffee, I’m refraining myself from having a few of these cookies for breakfast. It is only 8:30 after all and there’s not nearly enough oats in these to consider them breakfast food. I actually call these “Candy Cookies”. You could literally sit down with a plate full of these and not even realise you’ve eaten a dozen. They’re that good.

There are a lot (A LOT) of lace cookie recipes out there on the web and a lot of them are similar but I didn’t get this recipe from the net. I went to this get together once, around Christmas time a few years back, where everyone had to bring a dish and the recipe to share with the other guests. I had never tasted lace cookies before and that was definitely my favorite recipe of the night. It’s not a very complicated recipe, you just have to be a little careful about baking these as the batter spreads while baking and also they burn quite easily. Aside from that, it’s one of the easiest cookie recipes I have and the results are quite spectacular if you consider the little amount of work involved.

I tweaked the original recipe a bit yesterday as I had some oranges lying around and since I made some oatmeal cookies from smitten kitchen during the holidays I’ve been totally addicted to the taste of orange zest in cookies. So I replaced half the oats with ground almonds, added some orange zest to the mix and drizzled the finished cookies with chocolate to end up with THE most addictive cookies I have ever made.

So if you do make these, I hope you have more willpower than I do as I’m off to get a cookie… Happy baking!

Chocolate Drizzled, Orange Lace Cookies
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup ground almonds
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup sugar
1 egg, room temperature

1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon orange zest

2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
2 oz milk chocolate, chopped

In a small bowl, combine oats, almonds, flour, salt and baking powder; set aside.

In another bowl, mix sugar, egg, butter, vanilla and orange zest. Add dry ingredients and mix well.

Drop teaspoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on a parchment lined baking sheet (no more than 6 cookies per baking sheet as the cookies spread a lot during baking).

Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 1 minute or until firm then remove to wire racks to cool.

In a double boiler, melt chocolate until smooth. Drizzle chocolate onto cookies while they’re still on wire racks. Let the chocolate set and enjoy!

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nicisme said...

I love orange zest in cookies too - really adds that little something extra! Yours look wonderful, really great photos, in fact, great blog!

LyB said...

Thank you, nicisme! The blogging world is quite new to me, but it's proving to be as addictive as these cookies :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Mmmm, your cookies look wonderful. What's wrong with cookies for breakfast? It happens all the time around here!

LyB said...

Thank you Lynn! And my 4 year old would love to hear me say: "Cookies for breakfast"! :)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

If these cookies taste half as good as they look, I would be in trouble. Beautiful photos!

LyB said...

Thank you StickyGooeyCreamyChewy! They taste even better than they look, I'm telling you they're like candy! :)

RecipeGirl said...

They look divine! I'm so cookied- out from Christmas so I'll save this one for some day soon!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I can see why you are having trouble resisting these, LyB... They look so good!

LyB said...

RecipeGirl - I know what you mean! But I never get tired of baking, plus I gave most of the cookies I made as presents so I was up for some new year's cookies :)

LyB said...

Thanks Patricia! We ate the whole batch in like two days; time to make some more :)

ATasteOfMadness said...

I`ve never thought about orange and chocolate, that sounds exceptional!!