Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sassy Sweets: Dark Chocolate Cookies Spiced with Orange and Star Anise

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As I mentioned a few weeks ago, there was no one more thrilled than I was that I FINALLY remembered (on time) to enter the Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap!  It's a little more intense than you might originally expect.  I mean, first there's a participation fee.  Then, there's bonus gifts from sponsors (yes, really!  We got a great little beaker set from OXO!).  Then, you get paired with super fancy bloggers and you have to make a new cookie recipe.

And then you're traveling from London to home and then Cannes, home, Milan, home.  And you start to curse yourself for perhaps thinking you could make a super fancy cookie for all these equally fancy bloggers.  Finally, it's the weekend before you have to ship them out and you put your brain and pantry to work and go for it.

In the end, these are what came out!  At first, I wasn't in love with them because they are meant to be slightly harder cookies but the flavors were great and between John and the boys in my office, all signs pointed to sending these out!  And send them out, I did.  My cookie recipients were Jen at The Rebel Chick, Farrah from FairyBurger, and Milisa from Miss in the Kitchen!  I hope they all enjoyed the cookies as much as we did!

I got some fantastic cookies from other bloggers too!  Nusstalers from the Brooklyn Homemaker (most gorgeous packing too)!, Brown Butter Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies from Gimme Delicious (and OMG so delicious), and Skinny Maple Glazed Snickerdoodles from Enticing Healthy Eating (John ate these and I had to fight for a single cookie!). It was great receiving packages in the mail other than those I had spent too much money on for other people!  Definitely a swap I'll make a tradition in our house.
Dark Chocolate Cookies Spiced with Orange and Star Anise
Serves:  36
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground star anise
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons orange zest
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
2/3 cup butter
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips

Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, star anise, and salt into a large bowl.

In a very small bowl, combine sugar, dark brown sugar, and orange zest.  Set aside for 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium-sized bowl, beat butter until smooth.  Add egg, sugar mixture, and vanilla extract.  Beat until well combined.  Add flour mixture and mix until incorporated.  Add mini chocolate chips and stir well.

Form into 3 long logs.  Refrigerate for 1 hour, up to 24 hours.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.  Remove the logs and with a serrated knife cut 12 cookies per log. Place on greased cookie sheets.  Bake for 6-8 minutes, until firm.  Let cool completely before serving.  Can store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


  1. Oh man alive these look AMAZING!

  2. Hi there! I just wanted to let you know it was me who sent you the skinny maple glazed snickerdoodle cookies. :) My name is Kaylin and my blog is Enticing Healthy Eating. I'm so glad you enjoyed them so much! They are quite addicting!

  3. Thank you so much for those delicious cookies! I love and adore the chocolate + orange combination! :]! I got nusstalers too (totally with you on the gorgeous packaging :O!)

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season! :]

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