Monday, November 14, 2016

chocolate orange cookies

We’ve spent the last two weeks enjoying being by ourselves. After the chaos of the election we had to step away from most social media pages and just pray. It was heartbreaking to see so many hateful words being displayed by our friends. We knew we could fire back with similar hurtful words, but instead we decided to use our words and actions to what we believe is the best use...prayer. We have been praying for our community, our neighbors, our friends and family, and most importantly our new President-elect because we know who our true King is and only He can guide us. We want our  new President to succeed. We need him to succeed.

To distract us from all the crazy we turned to Christmas music and baking. I shared in our fall favorites post this recipe for pumpkin spice donuts. The kids love these little dough balls. We whipped some up last week and split the batch into two; one dusted with powdered sugar and the other with cinnamon-sugar. The family voted and the results were unanimous...powdered sugar was the winner!

On Wednesday, I put together a meal for a our friends who just became a new parents. With their meal Kensi and I made chocolate orange cookies. Ever since we had the one in Asheville from Well-Bred Bakery we were dying to try and make them ourselves. I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and orange! I looked at a few different recipes and came up with my own. Instead of using orange extract, we used our orange essential oil. (insert high five emoji here). I was thrilled with the results and Kensi has now requested to make these for Santa this year. I’m pretty sure he’ll enjoy them!

Double Chocolate Orange Cookies
1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 cup White Sugar
1 Large Egg, room temperature
1-1/2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
Zest of 1/2 an Orange
2 to 3 drops Young Living Orange Essential Oil or 1/4 teaspoon Pure Orange Extract
1 cup + 2 tablespoons Flour
1/4 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon Baking Soda
2 tablespoons Dutch Cocoa Powder
2/3 cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet lined with parchment paper. 
In a bowl, cream butter, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Add orange zest and orange essential oil. Add the egg and beat until mixed in. 
In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder. Gradually add flour mixture into the butter and sugar mixture. Once combined, fold in chocolate chips. 
Scoop cookie dough into balls and place on lined baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes and allow to cool before serving. 

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