Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies


Like any self-respecting vegetarian cook, I have a lot of cookbooks from Mollie Katzen.  Mollie’s The Moosewood Cookbook is a classic in vegetarian cookery and I’m lucky enough to own one of the original hand-lettered copies from the 1978 printing.

Last Christmas, a friend gifted me with another Katzen cookbook, Vegetable Heaven, and needing some chocolate the other night,  I decided to make the Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe. Of course, I doctored it up a little bit, since I just can’t leave a recipe intact.

I must say that I think the orange zest compliments the dark chocolate amazing well and also helps tempter the sweetness in a really pleasant way. Not everyone in my house liked the orange flavor.

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies – adapted from  Mollie Katzen’s Vegetable Heaven

1 cup of butter, softened
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1/3 cup of raw sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla
1 1/2  tablespoons of orange zest
1 3/4 cup of while whole flour
1/4 salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups of dark chocolate chips
whole pecans, approx 24

  1. Cream butter, sugars & vanilla together.  Add eggs and beat well. Then add the orange zest.
  2. Mix in flour, baking soda and salt until thoroughly blended.
  3. Stir in the the chocolate chips.
  4. Roll the dough into 1 1/2 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet.
  5. Place a whole pecan on top of each cookie.
  6. Bake on 350 degrees for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.