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Chocolate Orange Cookies

My three sisters like the combination of chocolate and orange as much as I do, so we all really savor these beautiful cookies. The candied orange peel on top is a special twist. —Ruth Rumple, Rockford, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 3 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup finely grated orange zest
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, melted

Directions

  • Cream butter and 1/2 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes.
  • On a floured surface, roll out dough to 1/4-in. thickness. Cut with a floured 2-in. cookie cutter or shape into 2x1-in. rectangles. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Combine orange zest and remaining sugar; spread thin layer over cookies.
  • Bake at 350° for 14-16 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Melt chocolate chips; decorate cookies.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 236 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated fat), 39mg cholesterol, 173mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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