These treats were adapted from a citrus butter cookie recipe from The Pioneer Woman. If you’ve never made one of her recipes, please do. From my experience, they are ALL amazing. While her recipe was delicious, it gave me the idea to create something similar that had chocolate, because who wants a cookie without chocolate?? I love the combo of orange and dark chocolate (although feel free to use milk chocolate if you prefer it), and the pinch of sea salt at the end does great things.
4 sticks salted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 egg yolks
4 cups flour
2 tablespoons of orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
12 ounces dark chocolate (either chips or chunks from a bar)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Separate the eggs. Save the yolks, and set aside the whites for a scramble tomorrow morning. Cream together the sugar and softened butter. Add the egg yolks and mix until totally combined. Stir in the orange zest. Slowly add the flour, then add in the orange juice until everything is combined. Roll dough into balls (I made them pretty small, about 2 teaspoons), and bake on a cookie sheet for 12 minutes, just until they look set but before they turn brown.
Let the cookies cool completely.
To prepare the chocolate drizzle, heat the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 20-30 second increments, stirring between each time, until melted. Watch closely, burnt chocolate smells terrible..
Using a fork, drizzle the chocolate in a back and forth motion over cooled cookies. Sprinkle the top of each cookie with a pinch of sea salt, and enjoy!