Chocolate and orange has become one of my favorite flavor combinations. So, when I saw the recipe for these orange sable (French for “sandy”) cookies, I thought a chocolate orange drizzle would make these cookies a citrus-lovers dream. With zest in the cookie and in the chocolate glaze, people needing an orange fix won’t be disappointed. The oranges are extra delicious this time of year, so I am finding any excuse to take advantage of the seasonal deliciousness.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Chocolate Orange Sable Cookies
Yield: About 5 dozen cookies
For the Cookies
- 1 1/4 cups whole blanched almonds or 3/4 cup ground almonds
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons finely grated orange zest (2 to 3 oranges)
- 1 large egg
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
For the Glaze
- 2 tsp fresh orange zest
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Place almonds and confectioners’ sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal; set aside.
- Place butter and zest in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat on medium until light and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. With the mixer on low, add almond mixture; beat until combined, 10 to 15 seconds. Add egg and orange juice; combine. Add flour; combine.
- Place two 12-by-16-inch pieces of parchment on a clean work surface. Divide dough in half. Form a rough log with each half; place on parchment. Fold parchment over dough; use a ruler to roll and press dough into 1 1/2-inch-diameter logs. Wrap. Chill for at least 3 hours.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment. Unwrap logs. Cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds; place on sheets, 1 inch apart. Bake until edges turn golden, about 15 minutes, rotating halfway through. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
- To make the glaze, melt the chocolate and orange zest in in a double boiler or microwave. With a fork or in a ziploc bag with an edge cut off, carefully drizzle the glaze across the cookies. Allow to harden. Store baked cookies in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
Source: Adapted from Martha Stewart