Chocolate Orange Butter Cookies

I'm making cookies.  Thousands of cookies!  21,600 cookies to be exact.  Plus or minus a few extra dozen here and there for a fun cookie exchange.  Actually we're (as in every Clawson child I own) making lots of cookies at the bakery this week.  It will probably continue on into next week and the next.  Tis the season for tired bakers you know.  It's all good.  We've got a fantastic system down and we can crank out a few thousand cookies in no time.

I really love Mexican Wedding cookies.  The actually have many names that they go by, but the recipe is the same no matter what country your baking from.  When we won our trip to the Food Network a few years ago, Emeril made these cookies on the show we were in the audience for.  He called them Russian Tea Cakes, but same thing.  I made a chocolate orange variety and I really liked them.   You won't mistake these for powdered doughnut holes:)  Cute little mouthfuls of chocolate.  Don't inhale as you're eating.  You know what happens with all the powdered sugar around.  So enjoy some baking the next few weeks.  Boy I know we will.

Chocolate Orange Butter Cookies

1 c. butter (2 cubes) softened
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. flour
1/4 c. cocoa powder
1/4 t. salt
zest of 1 orange
1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
more powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 350' F.  In a large bowl cream butter and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt, zest, and chocolate chips.  Mix until pulls away from the bowl.  At first you'll think you need some more moisture.  Just give it a minute or two and the dough will come together.  Roll the dough into little balls.  I got about 28 balls per batch.  Place all the dough balls on a cookie sheet and place in the fridge for 1 hour.  Bake in batches, returning the unused dough back to the fridge until it gets used.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until set.  Let cookies cool and then plop them into a bowl of more powdered sugar.  Enjoy!!


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  2. These cookies will be a hit in our house! What's not to love chocolate!

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  4. Snowballs are my very favorite Christmas cookie - my grandma always made them when we were little. Love this chocolate orange version!

  5. My name is Kelly Dennis, I met you last night at the Hyrum 2nd Ward Christmas Party (girl from Tennessee who didn't remember her last name). Anyways :) I just wanted to say that I love your blog. All of your recipes look fantastic! Now I'm wishing my desserts would have been something else after looking at all of your fun cakes.
    I don't know if you've ever had Biscoff before but after reading about your love for gingerbread I think you should give it a try. My little two year old eats it with a spoon.. Here is a recipe that we love to use it in..http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/no-bake-biscoff-granola-bars/
    Keep up the great work!

    1. Kelly!!

      I so glad you posted a comment here so I could tell you how wonderful all your Bundt cakes were. They are my absolute favorite things. I even have a Bundt pan charm on my charm bracelet:) You are so nice with your compliments, but I think we need to swap notes on a regular basis. Thanks for the biscoff recipe. I love it! I've got 7 jars in my pantry right now. (There was a coupon and they were cheap, so I stocked up.) Can't wait to try the granola bars. You'll have to send me an email with any new ideas you've got. I was amazed at how much you cook. You need a commercial kitchen:) Sorry I'm a slow responder. I just need to keep up a little better with this blog thing. Can't wait to hear more of what you're doing. xoxo Lisa


  6. Hi Lisa, I came across this recipe and had to try it. Sooo yummy!!! I had to improvise on a few things and I doubled the chocolate chips :-). I'm really not that experienced - yet - in the bakery area, but it worked out really well. My pictures @ http://lovelyventure.com/chocolate-orange-butter-cookies/. My husband loved them. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings!!

  7. yucky!!!! they turned out horrible and dry. maybe needes eggs?

    1. Dang!! I'm so sorry the cookies turned out horrible and dry. You know, my mom hates these cookies because they are a dry texture. She always complains that they just fall apart in her mouth. That's why I love them. To me they kind of melt in my mouth. You could try adding an egg to the recipe. It would change the whole cookie, but dang it, give it a try. Let me know if you do, and how they turn out. Thanks for the comment. Good or bad feedback is necessary.



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