Orangey – chocolate chip cookies and an award…

by Sunita on August 15, 2007

We usually try to maintain a healthy lifestyle… proper diet and with some form of exercise. But what really is a big hurdle in spoiling my plans is my sweet tooth. I find it very, very hard to just pass by and ignore the display of chocolates in the supermarket, or anywhere else for that matter. Dinesh gets really upset some times with my chocolaty cravings…well, to defend myself, although I do adore it, I do not gorge on them every day and no, I’m definitely not a big, bloated pig. I just love the feel of chocolate on my tongue a bit more often than I should…well, maybe that does sound like a chocolate addict.

We all know and preach the disastrous effects of chocolate…but did you know that …

  • Chocolate may be effective at preventing persistent coughing. The ingredient theobromine was found to be almost one third more effective than codeine, the leading cough medicine. The chocolate also appears to soothe and moisten the throat.
  • South American and European cultures have used cocoa to treat diarrhea for hundreds of years.
  • Pure chocolate contains anti-oxidants which aid better skin complexion(woowww)!!Chocolate bars with milk content may contribute to acne. It is not the chocolate itself that causes acne, but rather the milk with which the chocolate is mixed.
  • Romantic lore commonly identifies chocolate as an aphrodisiac. The reputed aphrodisiac qualities of chocolate are most often associated with the simple sensual pleasure of its consumption.

I know, that’s the chocoholic in me speaking…all courtesy of the wiki… but with so much going for it(!!!???), how can one say no to chocolate…I definitely can’t anyway {I just hope the kids don’t get to read this post, or I’ll have to pay by being bombarded with their questions!!!…well, as a parent, I’m not allowed to, (and I definitely don’t) extol the virtues of chocolate, am I…no! I , like a good mum, make sure that they and chocolates very rarely meet !}

update-(how could I have missed this chance to gloat!!!!)

A short while ago, Cynthia was sweet enough to think that I rocked. (??!!)…and she passed over an award…Thanks Cynthia…I’m now so far removed from those award winning days of school and college, that it really felt good to receive one. And since it is now my turn to pass on the nice feeling, the following are the ones who I nominate…many of you who I wanted to pass it on have already received it, but with so many of you rocking girl bloggers, I’m spoilt for choice…so here goes- Shn of Mishmash
Sia of Spice Corner

Sig of Live to Eat
Patricia of Technicolor kitchen

…all you girls do rock.

…and since I’m on a high, let me treat my readers with these orangey chocolate chip cookies, which I made in the following way (one of those rare kids -meet- chocolate days!)…
What’s needed-

2C of plain flour
3 tblsp of porridge oats
1 tsp baking powder
3 tblsp butter
3 tblsp honey
juice of an orange
2-3 tblsp of milk
2 handfuls of plain chocolate chips

How to-

  1. Pre-heat the oven at 160 deg cel.
  2. Grease a baking tray.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and the oats.
  4. Add the honey and the butter and rub into the flour mixture with fingertips.
  5. Add the chocolate chips, milk and orange juice and gently bring th emixture together, again with fingertips…no kneading here.
  6. Make 18 equal sized balls and place them well apart from each other on th eprepared baking tray.
  7. Flatten each lightly with the fingertips, keeping it somewhat rough-looking.
  8. Bake in the centre of the pre- heated oven for 15-20 minutes or till the sides begin to brown, but they are still soft in the centre.
  9. Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the tray itself for 5 minutes.
  10. Transfer the cookies to a cooling rack and cool completely before storing in air tight containers.

The cookies were nice and soft to dig into…the orange adding its flavour and they were not,(apart from the chips here and there), overtly sweet.

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia Scarpin August 15, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Sunita, I’m tagging this recipe right now – I would love baking these cookies!

And the photos look fantastic!

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2 Deborah August 15, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I LOVE the combination of orange and chocolate. Yum!

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3 Richa August 15, 2007 at 3:00 pm

heh!heh! with that justification u gotta’ get some more chocolate ;)
like the way u incorporate orange into the choc cookie!

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4 Asha August 15, 2007 at 3:06 pm

I love Chewy Oatmeal Choc cookies too, with Orange it must be out of this world! They look gorgeous Sunita!:))
Happy I day girl.

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5 Sirisha Kilambi August 15, 2007 at 3:16 pm

Nice-looking cookies dear :-) A nice combination of flavors too :-)

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6 sunita August 15, 2007 at 3:18 pm

Patricia,thanks…do try them :)

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7 sunita August 15, 2007 at 3:19 pm

deborah, the combination is really yum!

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8 sunita August 15, 2007 at 3:21 pm

richa,it rids one of the guilt;)
…chocolate and orange go quite well together :)

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9 sunita August 15, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Asha, thanks…well, we did enjoy them a lot.

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10 sunita August 15, 2007 at 3:25 pm

sirisha, thanks…glad you dropped by.

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11 TBC August 15, 2007 at 4:45 pm

Congrats on the award!
I love chocolate chip cookies. Adding orange juice gives it such a unique flavor.

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12 sunita August 15, 2007 at 5:06 pm

tbc, thanks on both counts…yes,orange does add it’s own flavour…

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13 Patricia Scarpin August 15, 2007 at 5:15 pm

Thank you for nominating me, sweetie!
It’s such an honor!

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14 sunita August 15, 2007 at 5:22 pm

patricia, you’re most welcome…keep up the good work!

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15 Sharmi August 15, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Congrats on the award dear. beautiful looking cookies.

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16 bee August 15, 2007 at 5:35 pm

congrats!!! the cookies look healthy and super yummy.

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17 Suganya August 15, 2007 at 5:38 pm

Congrats Sunita! Love chocolate orange combo. I think you can even add some zest…

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18 sunita August 15, 2007 at 5:44 pm

Sharmi, thanks…nice to have you over :)

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19 sunita August 15, 2007 at 5:47 pm

Suganya, thanks…I love adding the zest as well…but my eldest has this habit of picking at them, and since this was supposed to be a treat for them, well….

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20 Sia August 15, 2007 at 5:55 pm

chocolate is good source of anti-oxident??? now wait till i show this to my hubby;)
last time i used ready to use cookie mix and made a big dissater. it turned out to be too soggy coz of excess water or eggs i used:( i got to try ur recipe. the pics r stunning suni. is this s new cam or new trick???
do i really rock??? u r really generous to give me that award. i am blushing here n my face matches that cute pink button;)

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21 Mishmash ! August 15, 2007 at 6:01 pm

Sunita…with ur sweet tooth and so much of baking going on around ur kitchen, I think it’s really an achievement to stay healthy !! Keep it up…also congrats on the award :)

Shn

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22 Dee August 15, 2007 at 6:41 pm

Congrats on your Award sunita!! The cookies look mouthwatering!

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23 musical August 15, 2007 at 7:00 pm

Congrats on you award, Sunita :) . You rock, indeed! and i love the orange chocolate chip cookies :) ). Pefect for the tea time!

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24 sunita August 15, 2007 at 7:22 pm

Sia, even Dinesh had a great laugh at my justification:D…thanks for all those nice words…and as for rocking, well, I asked the same thing myself as well:)

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25 sunita August 15, 2007 at 7:25 pm

Shn, well,there is indeed quite alot of baking in my kitchen…but on the regular basis, I usually try to churn out healthier versions…both for th e kids’ sake as well as for mine:)

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26 sunita August 15, 2007 at 7:27 pm

musical, thanks…I’m so overwhelmed at all of your words of encouragement…

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27 Sig August 15, 2007 at 8:58 pm

he he so you did some extensive research to justify the chocoholism… :) I’m sure the aphrodisiac part would’ve shut Dinesh up ;) Cookies look great… And congrats on the award thing… u really rock girl… :) And thanks for thinking of me <blush>

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28 sunita August 15, 2007 at 9:08 pm

sig,well, I definitely did that…thanks for ‘the award thing’ and you’re most welcome, for you rock too!!

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29 Cynthia August 15, 2007 at 9:53 pm

You are perfect to be a daring baking. Ever since I first visited your blog, I have admired your baking skills and these cookies are a testimony to your delicious baking skills.

You are welcome and deserve the award!

Happy Independence!

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30 sunita August 16, 2007 at 6:19 am

Cynthia, thank you so much for all those nice words and the award…it really means a lot…it’s always nice to have you over:)

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31 Raaga August 16, 2007 at 9:35 am

They look beautiful Sunita… can you send some over? Please??

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32 Coffee August 16, 2007 at 10:40 am

Hi Sunita, those cookies looks just awesome!! i love the combo of orange and chocolate….. and this is bookmarked to try! :D

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33 Sandeepa August 16, 2007 at 6:48 pm

You are a true baking fairy

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34 Sukanya Ramkumar August 16, 2007 at 8:08 pm

This is looking YUM!….Nice cookies…Congrats! Orangey!

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35 Jaya Dixit August 16, 2007 at 8:25 pm

Completely unrelated to your cookies (which look great) I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and admire your balance of academic knowledge, supermom-ness and spirited posts. I have been reading along for some time now and am thinking about thinking cumin…
Jaya :)

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36 Roopa August 17, 2007 at 7:09 am

wow oatmeal with orange and choco gotto to try this. sure gonna taste great!

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37 sunita August 17, 2007 at 7:41 am

Raaga, wish I could…but at least I can give you a virtual treat:D

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38 sunita August 17, 2007 at 7:42 am

coffee, thanks…do give them a try…hope you like them as much as we did :)

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39 sunita August 17, 2007 at 7:47 am

Sandeepa,thanks…but a fairy? welllllll(blush)….

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40 sunita August 17, 2007 at 7:48 am

Sukanya, thanks…glad you dropped by.

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41 sunita August 17, 2007 at 7:50 am

Jaya, that was really overwhelming… so glad you like it over here…and I would really love to see how you think about cumin :D

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42 sunita August 17, 2007 at 7:51 am

Roopa, thanks…do give it a try…nice to have you over.

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43 Nandita August 17, 2007 at 11:58 am

I love the orange-choco combination!! And your cookies say ‘pick me up’

Cheers and glad you are enjoying those awards

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44 sunita August 17, 2007 at 12:04 pm

Nandita, thanks…we did enjoy the cookies…glad you dropped by.

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45 Vcuisine August 18, 2007 at 12:00 pm

Lovely cookies Sunita. You rock really. Viji

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46 sunita August 19, 2007 at 8:49 am

Viji, thanks, and so do you, dear:)

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47 Shella December 21, 2007 at 7:43 am

Sunita, I so totally agree with you that chocolate has a lovely feel on my tongue, n I just cant pass by a shelve in the store w/o picking up one, be it the teeniest bar!! Guess God did make quite a few similar people./ The cookies look yummm.

Congratulations to you on your Award. You deserve every bit of it. I am in the process of going thru your blog, n I love every bit of it – blv me EVERY BIT. The pics, the write up, the sensitivity, the compassion – everything is worthy of an applaud!! Keep it up

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48 Parita April 8, 2008 at 7:16 am

Hi Sunita,
I tried making these cookies but they didnt turn out well..:( the cookies were flattened out and got stick to my baking pan although i had greased the pan well. I had made some modifications, for the starters i had halfed the recipe, also i used margarine and not butter, also i ommitted orange juice, can you please suggest me what exactly went wrong, i would really like to make these cookies. Also how much exactly is 1 cup of flour in grams?

Thanks,
Parita

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