For the past month I’ve been hiding a little secret. I signed up to be part of a Blogger Cookie Swap!
Almost a month ago I signed up to send 3 dozen cookies out to 3 bloggers. In turn I would receive 3 dozen cookies from 3 other bloggers. It was an incredibly fun and delicious challenge.
Now, this makes me a bad blogger, but I sort of snacked all the goodies before pictures could be taken. What can I say? I’m a sucker for getting mail, especially when it’s in the form of delicious cookies. Lucky for me, I didn’t get them all at the same time and I was able to have wonderful desserts over the last few weeks.
The first batch I received were the Mint Middles from Stacy at WhatCupcake. I also received a dozen of Aunt Thelma’s Butterscotch Cookies from Vesta, and a dozen Double Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Cookies from Kitchen Savvy Mom. Sorry I didn’t take pictures …they were just THAT good!
For my part of the swap, I chose to got with a spin on the classic Oatmeal Cookie recipe. My goal was to have a simple oatmeal cookie with a hint of orange, dipped in dark chocolate. Unfortunately the orange wasn’t as pronounced as I had hoped so they turned out to be dark chocolate dipped oatmeal cookies.
Dark Chocolate Dipped Oatmeal Chewies
Adapted from the Quaker Oatmeal Cookie Recipe
Makes 3 Dozen
1/2 Cup + 6T Butter, softened
3/4 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1t Vanilla Bean Paste (equivalent to about 2-3 teaspoon of extract)
1-1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1t Baking Soda
1t Ground Cinnamon
3 Cups Old Fashioned Oatmeal
1T Orange Zest
Juice from 1 Small Orange
6 oz Dark Chocolate
- Heat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars.
- Add the eggs, 1 at a time, beat until combined.
- Add Vanilla Paste
- In a separate bowl combine the flour, salt, and baking soda. Stir to mix evenly.
- Add the flour to the butter mixture, combine well.
- Add the Orange Juice and Orange Zest
- Add the Oatmeal, mix well.
- Drop the batter, by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet and bake for 8 – 10 minutes. Make sure to keep an eye on them, they will brown and burn on you quickly.
- While the cookies cool, melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a double boiler.
- Dip, Drizzle or spread the chocolate on the cookies.
- Cool completely to allow the chocolate to firm up.
The combination of the dark brown sugar and the orange juice give these cookies a deeper sugar flavor and chewier texture than the traditional oatmeal cookie. I think it mixes well with the dark chocolate.
Due to the packaging I used, I had to trim the size of the cookie down a bit. I used a small mouth drinking glass, dipped in white sugar, to cut out clean circles. After they were trimmed down, I spread dark chocolate on the bottom of each cookie.
I hope you enjoy!
Linking To: Funky Junk Interiors