Chocolate Orange Truffle Cookies

Picture a chocolate cookie with a slight crisp resistance when bitten and a rich, fudgy center. Then imagine it laced and scented with winter citrus. Yep. It’s that kind of cookie. These come together quickly, take a short spell in the fridge and then are baked off in ten minutes. Not too long from start to finish, most of the ingredients are already stocked in your kitchen….chocolate cravings satisfied.

How’s this new year finding you so far? Lots of exercise? Maybe more fruits and veggies? Perhaps it’s business as usual? However your new year finds you, I hope it’s filled with lots of love and good vibes.

Let’s get our bake on…

 

Chocolate Orange Truffle Cookies

2 ½ Dozen Cookies

INGREDIENTS

  • 8-ounces semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • ½ cup sunflower seed oil (or other light-flavored, neutral oil)
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange juice
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons citrus zest
  • Sea salt flakes for dusting the tops of the cookies (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt the 8-ounces of chocolate + oil in the microwave (I usually do 1 minute on High, but microwaves are funky so keep an eye on things) in a large microwave-safe bowl or in a double boiler. Stir the chocolate to get rid of any chunks. Sometimes it will look chunky, but if you give it 20 or so stirs, you’ll get rid of all of the chunks without overheating (burning) your chocolate. While still warm, whisk in your brown + granulated sugars. Once completely blended, whisk in the eggs, vanilla extract and orange juice.
  2. In small bowl whisk together the bread flour, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, sea salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  3. Pour the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and give a couple of stirs until the dough is just starting to come together. Add the chopped chocolate chunks and orange zest. Mix until barely combined. The cookie dough with be sticky and softer than a usual cookie dough. Lay some plastic wrap on the counter, dump the dough on top and wrap tightly. Chill the cookie dough for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.*
  4. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F, place a rack in the top third of your oven (this is where you’ll bake your cookies) and line your cookie sheets with parchment paper or a silpat.
  5. Gently roll 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball and place on the cookie sheet allowing about two inches between each dough ball.
  6. Cook for 10 minutes. You want to slightly undercook these. Dust with sea salt flakes, if using, as soon as they come out of the oven. Allow the cookies to cool on the sheet for 5-10 minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.
  7. Cookies will keep for several days stored in an air-tight container at room temperature.
  8. Thanks so much for making these cookies!! Tag me @displacedhousewife #displacedhousewife so I can see your cookies!!

*Tightly wrapped dough can be refrigerated for up to three days before being rolled and baked off as usual.

 

 

 

16 Comments

  • Sharmila Sutaria 2017/03/13 at 8:39 AM

    Hi
    Can I use whole wheat flour instead of bread flour?
    Thanks

    Reply
    • Rebecca Firth 2017/03/13 at 1:30 PM

      Hi Sharmila — Since it is only 1/2 of the flour in the recipe you can sub in the whole wheat. It will, however, change the texture of the cookie.

      When baking, if I want to use whole wheat, I usually grab white whole-wheat flour as I like how it performs when baked.

      Have fun baking and please let us know how the whole wheat works in this recipe! xoxo

      Reply
  • Lynn | The Road to Honey 2017/01/22 at 4:05 PM

    I’ve been definitely getting my workout on. . .but that’s not new for 2017. After all, I bake a lot. . .and well. . .I don’t make enough money to afford a new wardrobe every month. . .so off to the gym I go. What’s new is yoga class because I’ve been finding that my body isn’t as. . .ahem. . .as youthful as it used to be so I seem to be injuring myself a lot easier. My hopes are that yoga will stretch the muscles and make them a little bit more resistant to the brutal work outs the Mr. likes to put me through.

    Now. . .off to the gym I go. . .so that I can stuff my face with these dark and mysterious chocolate beauties.

    Reply
    • DisplacedHousewife 2017/01/23 at 4:25 PM

      Hi Lynn!!! Good for you for keeping the gym dream alive!! Eating cookies is really the #1 reason I work out!! Sending lots of love!! xoxo

      Reply
  • 2pots2cook 2017/01/19 at 7:38 AM

    Thank you for sharing this beauty. Great photos too ! So much I have to learn :-)

    Reply
  • Karen Watterson 2017/01/19 at 2:44 AM

    These look like my new favorite cookie. Question: why bread flour? I see you use it in several other recipes too, and I’m curious about the reason. What happens if you use all-purpose instead? Thanks!

    Reply
    • DisplacedHousewife 2017/01/19 at 3:15 AM

      PS I hope it’s your new favorite cookie. ;)

      Reply
    • DisplacedHousewife 2017/01/19 at 3:16 AM

      Hi Karen — I love bread flour in cookies…the extra protein provides structure and chewiness. It also absorbs moisture a bit different then ap flour. I haven’t tested these with 100% all-purpose flour, but my guess would be that they would be flatter (spread more while baking) and less chewy, but still yummy. How’s that? If you make them that way let me know how it goes. Have fun!! xoxo

      Reply
  • Karen @ Seasonal Cravings 2017/01/18 at 11:31 AM

    I need about a dozen of these right now. I’ve been trying to be so good, so I deserve them! I love the orange zest and salt sprinkled on top. Lovely as usual!

    Reply
    • DisplacedHousewife 2017/01/19 at 3:10 AM

      Karen — I’ve been trying to eat healthy too!!! It’s such a struggle… One cookie wouldn’t hurt?!?!

      Reply
  • Alida | Simply Delicious 2017/01/18 at 9:29 AM

    Yuuuuuum! You are most definitely the cookie queen Rebecca! I’m swooning over these beauties!

    Reply
  • Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen 2017/01/18 at 2:02 AM

    Oh do I wish I had one of those beauties right now Rebecca!! I love the chocolate orange combo!

    Reply
  • Laura | Tutti Dolci 2017/01/18 at 1:51 AM

    Gorgeous cookies, my dear! Love that dark and fudgy richness of those centers (my fave!!). xo

    Reply
    • DisplacedHousewife 2017/01/18 at 2:07 AM

      Hi Laura!! Me too — it’s my fav. Going to check out your muffins now!! xoxo

      Reply

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