You may be pleased to hear that I am feeling much better today. And lucky for you, dear readers, I have the day off which I am using to bake. As we are in the throws of winter the sugary, carby cravings are upon me. To satisfy this the gluten-free way I am making chocolate orange cookies. If these fail, I am making orange and apricot cookies. If these fail, I am hanging up my hat for the day.
As an aside, I would like to celebrate recent news that our perfection and appearance obsessed society has finally gone easy on mother nature’s fruit and vegetables. They are now allowed to be imperfect. Check out this news story from BBC news. I wonder how long it will take for us to stop putting such demands on our bodies, appearances and performance…
Back to the matter at hand; my little crave compliant cookies have been a success! They could be sweeter but if you like the bitter taste of dark chocolate then I’m confident that you’ll like these…
Chocolate Orange Cookie Bites
Adapted from a BBC Good Food recipe
100g unsalted butter, softened
50g golden caster sugar
grated zest 1/2 orange
150g rice flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
Lightly grease a baking sheet.
Beat the butter, then cream it with the sugar and orange zest. (If the butter isn’t soft enough then the creaming will give your arms an exceptionally good workout!). Sift the flour, cocoa, and baking powder together then combine with the butter mix to form a dough.
Divide the mixture into walnut size balls and arrange on the baking sheet. Flatten with the back of a slightly damp fork. Chill for at least an hour in the fridge.
When the chilling time is almost up, pre-heat the oven to 190c/ fan 170c/gas 5.
Bake the cookies for approx 15mins until they are firm. Leave to cool before removing them from the baking sheet.
If you wanted to sweeten them up you can make them into double chocolate cookie bites by dipping half of the cookie into melted milk or white chocolate and then leaving them to set on greaseproof paper.