November 13, 2019
Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
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Simple Terry’s chocolate orange shortbread cookies with chocolate orange shortbread, Terry’s chunks, and a Terry’s drizzle!
It’s Christmas season, the weather is colder, and all I want is something delicious. Honestly, I am not one for thinking ‘you can eat more at Christmas than you can at any other time’ as I believe that you can eat delicious food, all year round, but I do crave Terry’s that bit more at Christmas.
We all know that I am completely and utterly obsessed, and I genuinely doubt that it will ever change. Imagine dunking one of these into a Terry’s hot chocolate! I really should give that a go…
Anyway! I was craving shortbread the other day, and normally I would go for a plain shortbread recipe and add whatever flavouring I fancied however on this occasion, I wanted to make something a bit different and chocolate based!
I swear it always works out like that whatever you crave you don’t have in the cupboard. BUT, I did have a rather large stash of Terry’s chocolate orange’s in my cupboard as I always stock up on a few more for winter baking, so didn’t see why they wouldn’t work!
Chocolate orange shortbread
I gave it a go, and they were delicious. However, I felt like the recipe was missing something – I wanted them to be MORE chocolate orange themed. Therefore, these beauties were born. A chocolate shortbread biscuit flavoured with orange, studded with terry’s chocolate orange chunks.
Giving it a little more pizzazz I gave them a drizzle of chocolate, and a segment on each cookie – but that was just me loosing the plot slightly. Not even slightly essential, but damn tasty. Heaven in every bite. HEAVEN.
Making the biscuit dough is really quite simple, as a basic shortbread is only three ingredients, and with the cocoa powder and orange added in, it’s still really simple. You have to make the dough, and roll it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll!
I roll the dough out with a lightly floured rolling pin, to prevent it sticking, and then cut out my cookies! I used a 6cm round biscuit cutter, and it made them a decent sized cookie each! You have to make sure to dunk the cutter in flour each time!
Bake, decorate and enjoy!
Once you have rolled the dough out, and cut out as many cookies as you can, lightly re-roll, and cut out more until you run out of dough. Stick them in the fridge for 30-60 minutes so they firm up after being rolled and kneaded so much.
After baking give them an (optional) sprinkle of caster sugar, a drizzle of Terry’s chocolate orange and an extra segment if you fancy… and enjoy! x
Terry's Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies!
Terry's Chocolate Orange Shortbread Cookies
- 175 g unsalted butter
- 75 g caster sugar
- 235 g plain flour
- 35 g cocoa powder
- Zest of 1 orange
- 200 g Terry's chocolate orange (finely chopped)
- Sprinkle of caster sugar
- Terry's chocolate orange
- Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper and leave to the side.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add in the plain flour, cocoa powder and orange and mix together until a dough is formed!
- Add in the chopped Terry's chocolate orange and mix through.
- Dust your work surface with some spare flour and roll your dough out until its 1cm thick.
- Using a round 6cm cutter, cut the cookies out and put onto the baking tray. Re-roll and continue until you have used up all the dough! (It won’t take much kneading to re roll!)
- Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes!
- Preheat your oven to 180C/160C Fan, and bake in the oven for 15-18 minutes until baked through (they’ll be relatively firm)
- Take the trays out of the oven and sprinkle on some caster sugar and leave the cookies to cool on the trays for 5 minutes, then transfer to cool completely on a wire rack.
- Drizzle over some melted Terry's Chocolate Orange, and add on a segment each if you fancy - Enjoy!
- You can easily use a different type of chocolate if you wanted, just use the same amount, or you will get less cookies!
- Also, you could not use any chocolate at all, but you’d get even less cookies then!
- The amount you can make from this depends on how accurately you roll out the dough, and how big your cutter is... so I roll mine to 1cm thickness, and with a 6cm round cutter I got about 16-18 cookies, and its perfect.
- You can swap the zest for a teaspoon of orange extract!
- I use this cocoa powder!
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Made these for GBBO biscuit week with my boys (5 and 7 yrs) – fun and easy recipe and the biscuits tasted amazing. Thank you Jane xo
I want to make these as gifts for Christmas, would you prep, freeze and then bake from frozen or would you bake and freeze and defrost before giving?
Hiya! You can do either of these ways – whichever you prefer! Hope this helps! x
Hi. Can these not be rolled out into balls (Instead of using the cutter) like some of your other cookie recipes?
Not for shortbread, no!
Absolutely amazing (as always) did a zoom call with my mate while we both made this. Was fun and the biscuits tasted so good afterwards. Thank you for sharing your recipes – they always taste divine
Made these today.. like every recipe of yours they come out amazing !
Question though.. when you drizzle chocolate what do you use? I can never get it smooth and even like yours ?
I use a small piping bag with a very small amount snipped off the end! Xx
Hey, is it best to freeze these before or after decorating with drizzle and a segment ? Or does it not matter
I would personally freeze them without, but they would be fine with as well x
Can i use vanilla extract instead of the orange flavour?
Yes! Or just leave it out altogether.
Great recipe! Easy to follow. I’ve made these chocolate orange biscuits a number of time they are soo good and turn out well every time
Could you use dark chocolate orange for This? Thankyou x
Hi Jane, when do you add the chocolate orange segments? Do the cookies need to still be warm so it sticks to it, or do you stick it down with the melted chocolate? Many thanks
I stick them on top of the melted chocolate drizzle!
Are these freezable?
I made these for my husbands birthday and they are delicious! Was thinking of giving as Christmas gifts but I was wondering if you could advise how long they would las if they were in jars? Would like to make them a few days before giving to people but don’t want to gift stale biscuits!
That should be fine as shortbread can last a good while!!
Hi Jane, can’t wait to try this. Where the recipe says finely chopped chocolate, does finely chopped mean chunk size, chocolate chip size, or more like shavings?
More like small chocolate chips!
Hi Jane, any chance of skipping the sugar or can you advise how much sugar to add as ‘less sugar’ without it impacting the texture
No… it’s a shortbread so you need the sugar.
Could you replace the orange extract for say orange gin!????? ( to make a more grown up version)
Hiya! No you can’t, it’s a cookie dough so it needs as little liquid as possible.
Did you just add the coco powder or did you need to reduce any other ingredients like flour?
Do you mean to have a shortbread that’s not chocolate?
Sorry not very clear. Yes I was just wondering if you removed the coco powder you’d have to add more flour or vice versa i.e just add coco powder to normal shortbread to make the chocolate ones in theory
Oh I see! No, it’s not simply added in. Have a look at my chocolate shortbread hearts post for a plain shortbread!
What is caster sugar and terry’s chocolate?
Ingredients available in the UK – google your alternatives.
These sound amazing, can’t wait to try them need to add chocolate orange to my shopping list
Oh Jane.. You wonderful, naughty brilliant girl! Hubby is Terry’s obsessed like you and he has eaten half of the first batch already. The only thing I did differently was to roll the dough into a log and chill the slice into rounds, just because my kitchen is really warm, it worked and now I’m going to try using salted Caramel matchmakers (my own guilty pleasure) xxxxxxx
Hi there lovely Jane, can I make them gluten free? Using gluten free flour. And if so do I Need to use Xantham gum? Thank you xx