So I randomly found this recipe some time ago. It is from the Minnesota Star Tribune in 2007, who got it from Traditional Home Magazine from I have no idea when. (If you know the original credit from the Traditional Home Magazine, please let me know so I can give them credit and thanks!) I haven’t changed it at all really, except a few minor things that are due to me just substituting what I had on hand!
With all the cookies to make in the world, why this one? Chocolate and orange, silly. A classic combination that lots of people love. Thankfully I am not a huge fan, but my people are! So I make it. Plus, these little lovelies looks so pretty and fancy – a perfect unique cookie to have in the cookie-tin! When I made them for a cookie exchange, they were a big hit: everyone asked for this recipe. That is when you know it is a keeper!
12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 2: Orange Drops with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
- 1 cup butter + 4 TBSP.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
- 2 cups all purpose flour + flour for rolling the dough
- ¼ cup orange marmalade
- 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate
Preheat oven to 375°.
Beat butter, 30 seconds. Add the sugar and cream until combined.
Beat in egg yolk and zest.
Mixing on low, add the flour until combined.
Roll out the dough to ¼ inch. Using 2” round cutter, cut into rounds. Add a thumbprint in the center, and add a ¼ tsp of the marmalade.
Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned.
Cool on a rack.
In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, adding the 4 TBSP. butter, whisking until smooth.
Dip each cooled cookie in to ½ way and place on a sheet of waxed paper until set. * I have drizzled the chocolate from a ziplock bag as well over the top, to make a pretty cookie design with way less mess of the chocolate. ALSO- semi-sweet chocolate works just fine!
You will notice that this recipe doesn't call for baking soda or powder. That is NOT a mistake!
Please attribute this recipe: Show it came from hardlyagoddess.com
Even better with this one, is that my kids really don’t like any kind of jam, let alone marmalade, so they don’t attack these like vultures. I am usually trying my best to hide the cookies from them, in hopes that I might salvage one or two.
But tell me, these look really pretty, for adults, am I right?