Saturday, January 1, 2011

Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits


Happy New Year! Let's kick it off with something we all love and will never give up.... chocolate! Hooray! Orange Chocolate Shortbread Biscuits (I mean cookies... biscuits just sounded a bit healthier!)

Ahh... those pesky New Year's Resolutions. Why should we save them for the last day of the year? It can seem so overwhelming. Reflect throughout the year, every day, and challenge ourselves with whatever our personal battles may be. We are ever evolving beings, fickle creatures of desire. We will  always crave the sugars, butters, wheats, meats and sweets. We can be harsh in the moment, mean and impatient. We can be loving, generous and kind. We can be watchful or over-indulgent. Just remember to forgive your self and know that every moment brings change. Deep Peace in the Now!


To me the importance of New Years is that so many of our minds converge, taking time out to be peaceful, mindful and reflective. So many of us use it as an opportunity to calmarnos, calm ourselves, and look towards the future. We want to leave the sadness of the previous year behind. We are ready to step into our new skin and leave the old one smoldering in the flames.

Goodbye sickness
disease and sadness
fighting
mean words
and cold hearts...
I say hello to today
full of love
full of grace
ready to embrace
the moment.


Chocolate Orange Shortbread Biscuits

3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa ( preferred is Valrhona or Callebaut)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 stick of butter - room temp.
1/2 cup organic sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup chocolate chips, semi sweet or bitter
2 TBS. steel cut oats
Zest of one orange - this gives them a full orange flavor. Use 1 tsp. for a lighter flavor or none at all for full on chocolate.
Grey Sea Salt

Oven to 350. Sift first four dry ingredients together. In large mixing bowl, blend butter until light. Add sugar, vanilla and orange zest and beat until blended. Add the flour mixture and beat until the mixture comes together. Add steel cut oats. Blend. Add chocolate chips and blend until they just incorporate into the dough. Take l heaping tablespoon full of dough and roll into a ball. Place on the cookie sheet. Flatten with palm of your hand and sprinkle with a touch of sea salt. Space evenly, 8 should fit on a sheet. Place in the oven for 12-14 minutes. 12 minutes will yield a softer more giving biscuit. 14 minutes will give you more of a crunch. Let cool and store in air tight container.


Kisses and hugs and loads of foodie love! xoxoxo megan
Happy New Year!


16 comments:

  1. These biscuits look so good and I like the way you layered the chocolate biscuits with the orange slices. My husband love chocolate and orange together, so I'm bookmarking this page. Hope that you have a calm, peaceful 2011.

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  2. They look lovely - great fun.

    Happy 2011.

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  3. creative presentation delicious
    Happy new year to you and family

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  4. MMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm delicious - they look like chocolate orange hamburgers- - mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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  5. Happy New Year.
    Love the way you stack the cookies with the orange slices

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  6. Megan dear, time flies so fast... isn't it! Guess, it's going to be another hectic week on this coming Monday since school going to reopen soon. Hope everythng is well over your side. How thick is the snow right now? Any better? These cookies sure look comforting and will keep everyone warm, at least for a while.
    Blessings, Kristy ((hugs))
    p/s are these photos coming out from your Christmas gift....I mean your new camera? :o)

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  7. This will certainly be a something I try! My children loooves chocolate and citrus! Love the photos!! Hahaha @ biscuits sounding healthier- they sorta do!!! I am too ready for a 'clean slate'. This year will be a very different one for me for sure!!! Hope you had a great new year!!

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  8. your blog looks delicious! happy new year~ now following u!

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  9. Well said!!! These are some of my favorite flavor combinations. From your lips!

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  10. Orange and chocolate together ... be still my heart!

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  11. Beautiful post, Megan - the cookies and the sentiments. Of course, I'm partial to chocolate and orange so you had my attention pretty quickly. Happy 2011! I will be looking forward to your postings.

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  12. Haha I totally thought these were little hamburgers at first, with the orange looking like a bun. Very very cute.

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  13. I love the chocolate orange combo! These look incredible. Happy 2011!

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  14. I am eating some blood oranges now ;-)) Maybe I just take some chocolate after that in compensation for those delicious biscuits.
    Happy 2011!~

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  15. Yum! I am always looking for ways to incorporate chocolate and orange together and this looks like the next thing I will have to try!

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