A glass of milk and cookies were such a treat when I was younger.

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Nothing has really changed in adulthood either, however I prefer to make my own and make them more healthy than the shop bought versions, by swapping a few simple ingredients. When I visit my family (as I did last weekend) I like to take some baked goodies for them to try. In need to kill my cookie craving and with a family of taste testers to please I went ahead and baked these delicious chocolate chip cookies.  

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Orange Burst Chocolate Chip Cookies
Serves 24
A delicious chocolate chip cookie recipe with a burst of orange flavour.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
8 min
  1. 2 cups spelt flavour
  2. 1/3 cup of fruit sugar (or powdered stevia)
  3. 3/4 cup of margarine
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1 tsp baking powder
  6. 3/4 cup dark or milk chocolate chips
  7. Juice and zest of 1 orange
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Cream together the margarine and the fruit sugar until fluffy and creamy using an electric whisk or mixer. Add in the egg and orange juice and beat together. Pour in the flour and baking powder and mix in on a low speed until just combined. Next add the chocolate chips and orange zest and stir into the cookie dough until evenly distributed.
  3. Portion out the cookie dough on a non-stick baking tray and cook for 8 minute or until the edges are golden brown.
  4. Try not to eat too many in one sitting, they are very addictive!
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Orange Burst Chocolate Chip Cookies 2Seriously soft and chewy with a burst of zingy orange flavour…delicious!  I don’t know about you but I definitely prefer my cookies to be softer in texture like the American style cookie. Since these require very little cooking time they have the perfect balance of that soft and chewy inside that I love so much.

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Unlike some chocolate orange offerings that I have had in the past, these cookies have a back note of orange flavour rather than a hard hitting punch in the mouth.  I like the fact that real orange juice and zest has been used rather than orange flavourings too. Feel free to play around with different flour alternatives too. I think coconut flour would be a great addition to make these grain free.  Also, I realise that margarine isn’t for everyone, but I don’t mind it now and then. Do experiment with butter and coconut oil as they will still taste fabulous.

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I think my new nickname should be the cookie monster :-)

Remember that there is still plenty of time to enter the my #HealthyBakingCompetition to win a fantastic KitchenAid Mixer or some great runner up prizes.  So get your bake on over Easter weekend and find out how to enter here

What is your favourite cookie flavour?  Will you be baking anything tasty this Easter?


{WIAW} Weird but wonderful food combinations

by Jemma on April 16, 2014


Happy Wednesday lovely people, hope you are having a brilliant week so far!  I’ve been loving the spring sunshine this week,  it really puts a bounce in your step.  Here’s hoping that it will stick around for Easter, not long until the long weekend now. :-)

 It is the middle of the week again, or I guess it’s nearly the end of the week considering the public holidays coming up…anyways it’s Wednesday, meaning that it’s time for WIAW.  I still enjoy doing these daily eats posts as I love seeing what everyone else is eating – just call me nosey. 

Yesterday I was all out of lemons for my usual warm water and lemon drink so I went without and had a mug of peppermint tea instead.  I’m still trying to stay clear of any caffeine. 


For breakfast I made some porridge on the hob using organic Irish oats and water.   I’m not sure why, but I added some full fat butter into oats alongside some honey, cinnamon and a chopped apple.  The butter gave it a lovely caramel taste when mixed with the honey. 

It was quite a busy morning catching up with some blogmin and writing so I felt like I definitely needed a mid-morning snack:

I love Bounce balls, but this spriulina and ginseng one really wasn’t a favourite, it tasted a little off to me.  I’m more of a macadamia and coconut kind of girl. 


For lunch I had some mixed salad leaves topped with some leftover smoky minced beef stew, avocado and a slice of buttered wholemeal bread from the bakery.  This was super yummy and kept me full for the whole afternoon.  I seem to like putting avocado on top of everything at the moment. 


 Dinner was really quick.  I baked some falafels in the oven and served them with a salad of mixed leaves, organic feta, tomatoes and red peppers with some corn salsa on the side.  For something so simple it tasted amazing, although I was a little concerned about the feta cheese as it is unpasteurised which is no-no in pregnancy, but I have read elsewhere that it’s fine to eat.  Pregnancy and food is such a mind field!


 I fancied desert later in the evening and opted for some full fat Greek yoghurt, frozen cherries and a crumbled orange and chocolate chip cookies.  It’s been a while since I’ve had yoghurt and frozen berries in my life, but it never gets old. 

What a great day of food!  There are lots of, in my eyes, weird but wonderful combinations in there such as the butter in my porridge and the corn salsa with my falafels, but they actually worked.  Do you have any weird but wonderful food combinations that you just love?  Have you had any energy bars that you just didn’t like?  What flavour was it? 

P.S There’s still plenty of time to enter my #HealthyBakingCompetition to win a KitchenAid Mixer. More details here: http://wp.me/p2DSLI-4KO 


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