By Chris – In America chocolate chip cookies are a common form of cookie in many grocery stores and I was quite surprise upon arrival in the Netherlands the lack of chocolate chip cookies. They have many forms of deserts and sweets in the netherlands, many that i have never seen before. I would say the netherlands prepares very delicious deserts even though their cuisine does not really have the best reputation. However, sometimes nothing compares to the delicious and yet simple chocolate chip cookie. Often i would make chocolate chip cookies for my international friends at the dormitory and they were amazed about how good they are. Due to the lack of the chocolate chip cookies in the Netherlands and since I made chocolate chip cookies for my girlfriend for one of her last days in the Netherlands before korea, I thought I would share about the art of the chocolate chip cookie.
The Netherlands is known by the color orange and the queens last name in the netherlands is “oranje”, or orange in english, thus I thought it would be fitting to make some American chocolate chip cookies with a hint of Dutch. The first time I tried to make chocolate chip cookies in the Netherlands I was quite surprise I could not find chocolate chips anywhere. It is like a rare species of chocolate in the Netherlands. In America chocolate chips, in the form of miniature hersey kiss’ , are available in every grocery store. Despite this set back i have discovered a new form of chocolate to make delicious cookies with, it is called a bar of chocolate. Who would of thought you can make chocolate chip cookies with this. After using a bar of chocolate for the first time I actually prefer it. And no, i dont put the whole bar of chocolate in just one cookie. Ofcourse you also get the nice benefit of smashing the bar into small pieces, but i prefer a bit larger chunks of chocolate for the cookies to have some extra melted goodness.
So now on to the recipe for chocolate chip cookies with a hint of dutch! You will need the following:
240 ml white sugar
240 ml brown sugar
700 ml of flower
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
225 grams of butter
1 large orange
bars of chocolate (optional for how much chocolate you like)
First start by putting the bars of chocolate in the freezer, this makes it easier to break apart latter on. Here I used one large bar of milk chocolate and one smaller bar of white chocolate. Use any type of chocolate to suit your taste.
Preheat the oven to 175 degrees C (350 degrees F).
While the oven is heating up and the chocolate is chilling, cream together the butter, white sugar, and brown sugar until smooth. Next beat in the eggs one at a time and stir in the vanilla. Add the baking powder, flour and salt.
For the orange flavoring you need the orange outside skin of the orange, as this is the most flavorfull part. Be careful not to scrap off the white core of the skin as this is bit bitter and not as much flavor. I found a cheese grater works good for this. For these cookies I scrapped off the skin of the whole orange. This provided a fairly strong orange flavor kick to the cookies, if you want the orange to be less strong then half the skin should be enough.
Now for the fun part you have all been waiting for. Take the frozen chocolate out and start smashing it to pieces in as many creative ways as possible. Feel free to share any creative options in the comments. I prefer larger chunks of chocolate as it gives large melted pockets of chocolates in the freshly baked cookies. However feel free to smash to your desire.
Finally add the chocolate and orange peel to the mixture and mix in thoroughly.
Make large balls of cookie dough and drop onto the pan. Bake until the edges become a bit brown and the top slightly hardens. About 10 to 15 minutes
Now enjoy. My girlfriend and I found these cookies also go nice with some whipped cream on top for some extra unhealthyness!