While I was doing my groceries I passed in front of the discounted Easter chocolate bunnies and I felt an urge for chocolate. Normally I try to avoid looking at those guilty pleasures but once in a while I allow myself. I ended up getting a couple of dark chocolate bars to make some cookies. The biscuit and/or cookie is actually a very old recipe which was invented for practical purposes: such food could be carried around and could be easily stored. Because of its practicality, the recipe was very popular among sailors, even back during the Egyptian and Roman times.
Chocolate Almond and Orange Cookies
Makes about 14 cookies
Prep time: 10-15 min
Cooking time: 8 min
200g dark chocolate
¼ tsp bicarbonate
Pinch of salt
80g soft butter
Zest of a small orange
Heat oven at 180°C.
Melt half of the chocolate in a bain-marie and roughly chop the rest of the chocolate into chocolate chip size.
Mix the flour, the bicarbonate and the pinch of salt.
Mix the soft butter and the sugar, add the eggs and the melted chocolate.
Add the flour, bicarbonate and salt to the rest. Do not stop mixing.
Add the ground almonds, the chopped chocolate and the orange zest. Mix with a spoon.
Take tbsp sizes and put them on a couple baking trays covered with baking paper. Put some distance between portions, the cookies widen quite a bit. Cover them with more baking paper and flatten them (either with another baking tray or by hand).
Place in the oven for about 8 min. Take the cookies out of the oven and let them harden for a couple of minutes.