Chocolate Orange Lace Cookies

Chocolate Orange Lace Cookies

We are sort of on cookie overload these days with holiday gifting and parties, but these cookies are different then most of the varieties you’ll see over the next few weeks.  With rolled oats as the primary ingredient, the result is a crispy, light cookie that really isn’t all that bad for you.  The orange zest gives the cookies a really unique orange scent and taste.  When baked, they take on a lace-like design, which is so festive for this holiday season.  And best of all, they are easy.

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Chocolate Orange Lace Cookies (recipe barely adapted from Sara Moulton via the AJC)

What You’ll Need:

2 tbsps unsalted butter, softened
1/4 cup plus 3 tbsps sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest (about 1 orange)
1 and 1/4 cups rolled oats
1 tsp double-acting baking powder
1/8 tsp table salt
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup raisins

What You’ll Do:

Heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.  In one bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the butter and sugar until the mixture is light and fluffy.  Add the egg, vanilla and orange zest and continue to beat, again until the mixture is light and fluffy.  In another bowl, mix the oats, baking powder and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet, stirring until just combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips and the raisins by hand.

Scoop the dough out onto the parchment paper one tablespoon at a time.  You should fit about 12 cookies onto each sheet.  Using the back of a spoon, flatten out the dough scoops slightly.  Bake for 8 minutes or until the edges of the cookies are brown.  Allow to cool completely before serving.

**Note ~ if you aren’t an orange fan, you could leave out the orange zest and make yourself a fine chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookie**

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Perfect for your holiday gift giving ~ just box ’em up and put a ribbon around it!

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Are you making any cookies over the next few weeks?  Share them with me!

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