It’s been an insane couple of weeks up in here. No time to sleep, cook, clean, bake, blog, or breathe! It’s all go go go go go and then come to a screeching halt at the end of the day when I climb into bed, exhausted out of my mind, say a few words to the Husband who I haven’t seen all day, try to turn my brain off to sleep and then I wake up and start all over again.
I needs me a holiday.
It’s Canadian Thanksgiving tomorrow and what I’m thankful for is the long weekend. Although, three days ain’t long enough. Just sayin’. Ok, I’ve got to stop complaining. Because for this week’s Sunday Supper, the theme is the colour orange – our task, to cook or bake with an ingredient that possesses this bright, vibrant hue.
Months ago, I was grabbing a coffee downstairs from my office and a beautiful orange white chocolate chip cookie was staring at me from the glass case. Of course, I stared right back at it, hungrily, adoringly, hell, downright lavisciously. It was kind of obscene how badly I wanted it. But this was during a period when I was actually working out and had some measure of self-control. I wrenched myself away from the glass case and fled the sugar/butter bomb that was whispering my name.
Plus I didn’t want to pay the money for one cookie. Y’all know how incredibly cheap I am. I can make dozens and dozens of them at home! And I was already thinking of ways to make that cookie even more cram-packed with amazingness.
Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
zest of one large or two small oranges
2 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 tbsp fresh squeezed orange juice
3 cups cake flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup chopped macadamia nutes, toasted first
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips/chunks/chopped up chocolate bar, whatever your heart desires!
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream the butter with both sugars. Add in vanilla, almond, eggs and orange juice. Sift together the cake flour and salt. Add it to the butter mixture.
Add in the chopped macadamia nuts and chocolate.
Let me rant a little about how bloody expensive macadamia nuts are! I thought I was being clever buying in bulk but since I obviously have ZERO idea how much things actually weigh, I ended up buying $11.00 worth of nuts. These are expensive cookies, people. But nothing is too good for my greedy stomach.
I tested a bit of the dough, just to make sure it had enough orange flavour. It tasted damn good, I can assure you!
After the dough has come together, drop spoonfuls onto your baking sheets and bake for 12-16 minutes. Keep a close eye on them – you don’t want them to be overbaked. I pulled mine out of the oven as soon as they were a deep golden on the edges and only lightly golden on top.
I let the cookies cool for a few minutes on the cookie sheets, then transferred them to wire cooling racks.
Verdict? These were exactly the cookie that I was craving all those months ago, staring into that glass case. Because I used the zest of two oranges and added the orange juice, there was a pronounced citrus flavour. Every bite yielded the crunch of the macadamia nuts and their smooth, buttery taste. And of course, what goes better with orange than dark chocolate? The edges of the cookies were crisp and the centers were chewy, exactly as a perfect cookie should be.
I’m a very happy girl. Who wouldn’t be with a pile of these decadent cookies?
The lovely Pam from The Meltaways is our host today. Make sure to check out her blog as well as this amazing line-up for delicious, mouth-watering dishes all made from something orange!
Sunrise (Breakfast and Brunch)
Paula from Vintage Kitchen Notes is bringing her Orange Ricotta Pancakes
Erin from Dinners Dishes and Desserts is baking up some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Heather from Girlichef is bringing Pumpkin Doughnuts with Spiced Buttermilk Glaze
Nicole from Daily Dish Recipes is making Pumpkin Donut Puffs
Patti from Comfy Cuisine is bringing Classic Orange Marmalade
Sunithi from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz is making Spiced Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins with Craisins and Walnuts
Wendy from The Weekend Gourmet is cooking up some Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal
Jamie from Mama Mommy Mom is bringing Butternut Squash Butter
Chelsea from Chelsea’s Culinary Indulgence is bringing Pumpkin Spiced Donuts with Chai Icing
Kris from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maureen made Sweet Potato Pancakes
High Noon (Soups, Salads and Sandwiches)
Renee from Magnolia Days is serving up some Butternut Squash Soup
Beate from Galactopdx is bringing her Carrot Ginger Soup
Jen from Juanita’s Cocina is making some Curried Sweet Potato Salad With Cranberries and Pecans
Megan from I Run For Wine is making Skinny Roasted Butternut Squash and Italian Sausage Soup
Sarah from What Smells So Good is filling our bowls with some Spicy Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Alice from Hip Foodie Mom is coming with her Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad
Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian is making Cider – Spiced Sweet Potato Soup
Tora from Tora’s Real Food is bringing Butternut Squash and Tomato Soup
Melanie from From Fast Food to Fresh Food is making Monty’s Pumpkin Soup
Lyn from The Lovely Pantry is bringing Roasted Pumpkin & Coconut Soup
Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic is whipping up some Mandarin Chicken Salad
Sunset (Dinner and Main Dishes)
Sarah from Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends is offering up some Pumpkin Ravioli
Shelia from Pippis In The Kitchen Again is serving her Roasted Squash and Ricotta with Honey
Pam from The Meltaways is making Spooky Stuffed Peppers
Patsy from Famfriendsfood is bringing her Carrot Souffle
Laura from Small Wallet Big Appetite is bringing Chicken and Sweet Potato Fritters
Mehereen from Chattering Kitchen is making Sichuan Orange Glazed Chicken with Toasted Sesame Seeds
Tammi from Momma’s Meals is making Hearty Pork Stew
Kristin from Kwistin’s Favorites is making Orange Chicken
Soni from Soni’s Food For Thought is cooking up some Rigatoni with Pumpkin Ricotta Sauce
Shelby from Diabetic Foodie is cooking up some Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Dara from Generation Y Foodie is bringing Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese
Brandie from Home Cooking Memories is sharing a DIY Baked Sweet Potato Bar
Amber from Mama’s Blissful Bites is bringing Rice and Fig Stuffed Mini Pumpkins
Valerie from Val’s Food and Or Art made Double Stuffed Roasted Acorn Squash
By The Bonfire (Sweets, Snacks and Sips)
Brie from Brie’s Bites is making Peanut Butter Pumpkin Bites
Carla from Chocolate Moosey is making Pumpkin Tiramisu with Pumpkin Butter Caramel Sauce
Heather from Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks is offering up some Pumpkin Cake Truffles
Shelia from Cooking Underwriter is bringing Sweet Potato Bacon Beet Salsa
Anne from Webicurean is making some Drunken Pumpkin Bread
Karen from In The Kitchen With KP is making Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Leslie La Cocina De Leslie is making Sweet Potato Atole
Seet Fei from My Trials in The Kitchen is bringing Sweet Potatoes Mini Balls
Tara from Noshing With The Nolands is bringing Oranges En Suprise
Susan from The Girl in The Red Kitchen is making Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scone with Pumpkin Glaze
Conni from Mrs. Mama Hen is making Orange Glazed Poundcake
Isabel from Family Foodie is baking up Moist Pumpkin Bread
Cindy from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings is baking up a Vegan Pumpkin Orange Cake
Brenda from Meal Planning Magic is whipping up some Creamy Pumpkin Dip
Laura from Family Spice is making some Unprocessed and Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread
Kathya from Basic and Delicious is baking up Butternut Squash and Carrot Bread
Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake is serving up Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Filling
Stephanie from The Cookie A Day Challenge is whipping up some Pumpkin Ice Cream Sandwiches
Katie from She Like Ruffles, He Likes Truffles is bringing Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Nancy from Gotta Get Baked is baking up some Orange Macadamia Dark Chocolate Cookies
Angie from Big Bear’s Wife is bringing Orange Soda Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes
Katy from Happy Baking Days is bringing Carrot Cake with Orange Glaze
Sandra from Midlife Road Trip is bringing Orange ya glad it’s fall! Hungarian Apricot/Walnut pastries
Please be sure you join us on Twitter throughout the day during #SundaySupper.
We’ll be meeting up at 7:00 pm(Eastern) for our weekly #SundaySupper live chat where we’ll talk about our favorite recipes featuring our favorite fall color.
We’d also love to feature your easy go to recipes on our #SundaySupper Pinterest board and share them with all of our followers, too.