|Blood Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies|
My friend Aliyah had mentioned that she'd never had orange and chocolate together before, let alone blood orange and chocolate. I was stunned. "How is this possible?" I thought frantically, my mind racing with thoughts of my husband's absolute favorite flavor combination, and one of my top ten favorites as well! Naturally, I held my breath when she tried a slice of the marble cake. To my joy and delight, she loved it. I let out a sigh of relief. Driving home, I thought about how much of my own experience with food has been so shaped by the fact that I've had the luxury of exploring instead of simply consuming out of necessity. To cook is to explore, and to explore with flavor is to create your own world.
Okay okay...let's take a chill pill.
What I'm trying to say is that you don't have to be limited with your flavors and how you put them together. Some rules do apply, of course, but that doesn't mean you can't have a blast with them. One of my favorite vehicles for flavors is, of course, the humble cookie.
I'm obsessed with cookies! I make a big platter every year for the winter holidays, and I am always looking for new and fun flavors to try out with my family and friends. The trick with making cookies your own is to take something you know you love and twist it along the way. Let's think about what Grant Achatz coined as flavor bouncing, which is a neat technique I learned about for creating dishes when I was in culinary school.
When you think of a chocolate chip cookie, chocolate is going to be one of the main flavors. You also usually have notes of brown sugar, which is lovely. Let's have a little fun by listing all of the things we know that go with chocolate.
- Peanut butter
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- 6 oz vegan butter(or dairy butter of your choice), soft but not quite melted
- 7 oz or 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- Zest of two blood oranges
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- Yes, I said soy sauce. Get over it.
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 c old-fashioned oats
- 1/3 c old-fashioned oats, ground/chopped
- 1 1/3 c all-purpose flour
- Chocolate chips, as needed
|Do you see the flecks of orange zest in the dough?|