Monday, December 12, 2011

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap: Chocolate Orange Toffee Crunch Cookies

by Darla

A few weeks ago, my friend Meagan (aka Scarletta), of Scarletta Bakes tweeted me to ask if I was participating in the #fbcookieswap. I quickly did a little research and learned about The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap being hosted by Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil and Julie from The Little Kitchen.

The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap 2011Hm. Let’s see…

Make a yummy new cookie recipe to send to three food bloggers in exchange for three batches of delicious cookies from three other food bloggers. Yeah. Amazing.

Not only was it a great chance to make a new cookie (as if I need an excuse), but it was also a wonderful opportunity to connect with other food bloggers.

Sign me up!

Meagan and I tweeted like eighth graders about how we so hoped we’d get each other (we didn’t), then I got busy coming up with a tasty recipe inspired by candy from my childhood.

I baked them up, they were delicious, I shipped them out…pretty much on pins and needles, waiting for cookies of my own to try.

Then I got a package in the mail…

The first cookies to arrive were these gorgeous and scrumptious Molasses Crinkles from Jen of My Kitchen Addiction.

The other cookies I got were these fun, festive Peppermint Spritz Cookies from A Clove of Garlic, A Pinch of Salt.

My third, and final, cookies were these rich Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cup cookies from Danielle of Cloud 8 1/2 – Close to Bliss & Loving It.

For my Cookie Swap recipe, I was inspired by Terry’s Chocolate Orange candy.

When I was  little girl, my parents had the sneaky habit of buying us at least one candy that they knew we didn’t like for holidays. Then, they’d claim they forgot that we didn’t like said candy, and they would take it for themselves, rather than “letting it go to waste.”

For my dad, it was Peeps. Every Easter, he bought all three of us girls those giant packages of yellow Peeps. And every year, we all groaned in disgust. Meanwhile, my dad would “save the day” by doing away with the Peeps himself.

For my mom, her sneaky candy of choice was always Terry’s Chocolate Oranges.

But every year, she failed to remember that I, at least, loved them. It eventually became a race between the two of us to see who would get to my sisters’ oranges first: Mom or me.

I think my mom went about the whole sneaky candy trick better than my dad did. Chocolate Oranges have, like, 327 wedges of yummy chocolate in each package. There’s only about 12 Peeps, even the big packages. All for close to the same price.

I never regularly bought chocolate oranges, but I’d get one most years around Christmas time.

Then, they went and did this. Toffee Crunch Chocolate Orange?!

Yes, please.

I love the Toffee Crunch version of chocolate oranges way more than plain chocolate oranges. They’re a lot like Toblerone, but with orange flavor.

Okay, alright, so honestly, I never liked toffee all that much until a few years ago when I made my first homemade batch. Holy yum. So good.

I’ve never been a huge fan of super crunchy stuff, so toffee was never at the top of my candy list, but I love homemade toffee. So. Much.

My favorite homemade toffee is my coffee toffee, which I made Irish for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

Now I like to mix toffee into things whenever I can…like in scones. Or like today, in cookies.

These cookies are basically a crunchy chocolate chip cookie with lots of tasty toffee and a subtle orange flavor. They are amazing. Even if you’re not a fan of crunchy stuff, like me. They’re excellent dipped in milk or hot tea, or a dark espresso.

I had so much fun participating in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap. I loved getting in touch with bloggers I previously hadn’t corresponded with and getting to taste their yummy cookies, and share them with my family. Hopefully, my cookie recipients were as happy as I was. If they’re anything like my family, I think they probably thoroughly enjoyed the cookies. I hope you do, too. :) Enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Toffee Crunch Cookies [Printable Version]
Makes 36 cookies

Ingredients

2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks, or 170 grams) unsalted butter,
melted and cooled to room temperature
1 cup (255 grams) packed brown sugar
1/2 (100 grams) cup sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla
1 cup chocolate toffee (find my recipe here [coffee optional] or store-bought)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

More toffee for sprinkling on top after baking (optional)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl, or the bowl of a standing mixer, combine the butter and sugars and mix well. Stir in the eggs, vanilla, and orange zest and beat until combined. Sprinkle about half of the flour mixture on top and mix until just combined. Add the other half of the flour mixture and mix well. Stir in the toffee and chocolate chips until evenly distributed.

Using a small (1 tablespoon) scoop, or a regular tablespoon, scoop out tablespoonfuls of batter and place on the prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 to 3-inches between each cookie.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until dark golden brown at the edges and lighter brown in the center. Allow to cool on the baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack.

Recipe by Darla

**Disclaimer: This is not a paid endorsement. The makers of Terry’s Chocolate Orange (Terry, I would assume?) have no idea who I am. I just really love candy. I really love their candy.**

Be sure to check out Love and Olive Oil and The Little Kitchen for a complete list of all of the bloggers (and their cookie recipes) that participated in The Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.

 

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cookbook Queen December 12, 2011 at 11:00 am

Such a fun idea!! Can you believe I’ve never had a chocolate orange? The flavor combo scares me a bit, though I’m sure they’re perfectly amazing.

I AM a huge fan of Peeps though. Tacky, I know.

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2 Yammie @ Yammie's Noshery December 12, 2011 at 11:04 am

I love those oranges!! I didn’t know they had toffee ones. I’ll have to get on that right away.

The cookies look fab.

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3 Mags@Thefullwoman.com December 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Blog twins! I was totally just raving about Terry’s Chocolate Oranges on my cookie swap blog post today (arent’ they amazing?!), I had no idea that they made a toffee version though. I need to get on this

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4 Kelly Senyei December 12, 2011 at 11:58 am

This recipe brought back so many childhood memories of eating those chocolate oranges – thank you! I cannot wait to try out this recipe over the Christmas holiday.

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5 sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more December 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm

They sound great, I actually bought some candy for my son, he won’t want it, but I sure will;p

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6 Tiffany {A Clove of Garlic} December 12, 2011 at 1:29 pm

I am so happy to see my cookies got there in one piece. Your cookies sound delicious! We get the chocolate eggs in our stockings every year (or we did when we were kids, haha) and this sounds like the perfect cookie to show up to Christmas dinner with :)

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7 Tina@flourtrader December 12, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Your cookies have probably already been devoured. They are probably the most unique that I have seen yet today and I have been looking at quite a bit of the swap posts! I love the flavors you brought together here-yum. Glad you enjoyed the swap!

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8 Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes December 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

Tee hee HEE.

I may have chillaxed my hair. And hung up my leg warmers. But I will always, ALWAYS live (and tweet) like an 8th grader!!

Love your cooks, lady – slammin as always. I will admit that I’ve never tried a chocolate orange before, but I think I should now. Have a great cookie day!! :)

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9 CheezyK December 12, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I can never see one of those boxes without thinking “It’s not Terry’s, it’s mine” in an English accent! They were an absolute favourite of my husband’s for a while there (I love them too but they were his ‘thing’). I think I might have to add your cookie ingredients and a chocolate orange or two to the shopping list …

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10 nicole {sweet peony} December 12, 2011 at 7:35 pm

oh i used to love those “whack-an-orange” chocolates! the toffee crunch one sounds pretty awesome. love the idea of them in a scone!!

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11 Connie / Marinating Online December 13, 2011 at 11:30 am

I keep reading about this blogger cookie swap. What a great idea. This recipe really stands out. I want to make this one with my teenage daughter who loves those orange chocolates.

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12 Krissy's Creations December 13, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Chocolate. Orange. Toffee. YES please! I think I read on Twitter that you received your last batch :)… Yah!

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13 Brittany McIntyre December 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

You inspired me to make a Chocolate orange thumprint cookie with Orange marmalade. They were sooo good, even my hubby that dosen’t like orange loved them. Thanks for the insperation Darla!!!!

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14 Cluttercafe December 13, 2011 at 6:12 pm

Hi! I’m a new blogger. I was looking through Bakerella’s site and a friend of yours had posted a comment with your site name. So I checked it out and WOW am I so glad I did! I wish I knew about this cookie swap sooner, I would have loved to have gotten involved and meet some of you amazing bloggers. It seems like a wonderful community to be a part of. Thanks for a great site. I will be a regular for sure!

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15 Becca December 14, 2011 at 10:30 am

Oh my goodness! The first (and last time) I tried a chocolate orange was 3/4 years ago (my freshman year of high school) and I absolutely adored it! I think it’s the best candy invention ever! So now that they sell actual chocolate oranges I want to make these cookies and eat them all! I can’t wait to try this recipe. :)

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16 Dana @ Cooking at Cafe D December 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Orange and toffee – wow!
Now THOSE are going on the list!

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17 Tali Simon @ More Quiche, Please December 15, 2011 at 7:32 am

The ribbons are such a great addition to these photos. Haven’t seen that before, but really love the idea. And those Terry’s boxes look beautiful!

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18 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers September 5, 2013 at 3:39 pm

So, hubs used to love Tobler’s Chocolate Oranges. I cannot convince him that Terry’s are the same oranges! They are, Terry Tobler’s. he thinks they are only ok now. Sigh. Menfolk.

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