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Chocolate Orange Snaps

One of my most vivid holiday memories as a kid was making cookies with my mom. Every year we would pull out gallon sized bags of sugar and get down to the business of making and decorating Christmas Sugar Cookies. As far as I was concerned, there was nothing better than sorting through our collection of holiday cookie cutters to find my favorite ones, rolling out the dough together and stamping out shapes to lay on cookie sheets. Yet as delicious as sugar cookies may be, I must admit that making the same thing year after year can get a little ho hum. So this year, the kids and I have been making these holiday snaps combining two of their favorite flavors, chocolate and orange.

These cookies are insanely delicious -- I actually have to hide them from my husband or he'll eat them all -- and the dough is really durable so you can keep rolling it out over and over again to make more cookies without worrying about it getting tough.

This holiday season if you want to bake something with your kids that's a little bit different than what you usually make, try these Chocolate Orange Snaps. I think you'll agree that there's nothing Ho Ho Hum about them!

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Chocolate Orange Snaps (makes a lot depending on the size cookie cutters you use)

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins

nut free

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 Large Egg, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 Tsp Orange Zest

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a bowl, combine the flour, salt, cocoa and baking powder.
3. Using a standing mixer or hand mixer in a bowl, cream the sugar and butter for 3-4 minutes until it is light and airy.
4. Add the egg and orange zest and mix for an additional minute.
5. Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until the dough comes together.
6. Remove and shape the dough into a flat disk and place between two pieces of parchment paper.
7. Roll dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters.
8. Place cookies on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and bake: 10 minutes if you want your cookies to be slightly soft or 12 minutes if you like them crispy.
9. Cool and serve.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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29 comments

  • C

    Mmmmm sounds delish! I love making Christmas cookies. My mom & I still get together to do our favorites. I'll be adding these to our list!

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  • Karen

    Hi Catherine, do you make an icing of 10x & water or do you do something else for your icing? thanks

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    • Catherine

      To make icing for them I would mix a cup of powdered sugar with one or two tbsp of milk until it's creamy and spreadable. They're beautiful decorated!

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  • Aman

    Do you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?

    Thanks!
    Aman

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    • Catherine

      Unsweetened cocoa powder :)

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  • Roberta Mayer

    I love your recipes. I live in Brazil and received daily by email. They are healthy and delicious recipes. Congratulations!

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  • Maryea Happy Healthy Mama

    Ooh I love the combo of chocolate+orange! I'm excited to give these a try. :-) I think I'll try whole wheat pastry flour--hope it works okay.

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  • Laura Degnan

    These are really delicious Catherine! My 4 yr. old said, \"I'm so in love with these. I just can't stop eating them!\"

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  • Yeni

    Love those shapes! Are those mini cookie cutters, or regular sized cutters? Would love to get them if you can share which ones you use. This recipe looks great and very promising. (I agree about the ho hum sugar cookies!)

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    • Catherine

      They're mini cookie cutters that I bought at Michael's Craft Store. This recipe makes dozens and dozens of cookie if you use the mini cookie cutters.

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  • Lisatu

    Do you think this dough would be okay to make a house out of it instead of gingerbread?? I want to make some houses as gifts but not all my family is fond of ginger bread but I bet all would love chocolate orange. Ive never made houses before so not sure if the dough is different. Thanks.

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  • Pamela

    My son and I made these today for his holiday concert tomorrow (numerous 4 year olds singing carols--hope I can make it through without melting completely). Such an easy recipe and the cookies are delicious. Thank you!

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  • Aman

    My three year old son and I made these today and they're really wonderful. I'd love to give these a minty twist. What would you suggest to use for a minty flavor in place of the orange zest?

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  • Jenny

    I asked the same question for the snowballs...do these freeze well? I have a Birthday Party for my daughter and want to make some things ahead for the kids to eat and decorate at the party. :)

    These sound delicious!

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    • Tamara

      I would guess you could cut the shapes freeze them raw then bake when ready.

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  • Emma

    I found the dough really wet, but ok once I rolled them out in flour (I was out of greaseproof paper anyway!) The biscuits are lush - thanks! Merry Christmas!

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  • Michelle

    made these today- deelish!

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  • Sarah

    So, soooo yummy! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  • Leslie

    I made these using all whole wheat flour and added a few dark chocolate chips as well as a little oj and they were DELISH!!!! I used a cookie scoop and then flattened them like a sugar cookie since I didn't have any cookie cutters :)

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  • Laura

    Absolutely delicious!!!!! Made JUST as printed and I LOVED them. Not too sweet and each bite seemed to taste better. Thanks so much!

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    • Buy Propecia Online

      Now I'm like, well duh! Truly thankful for your help.

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  • Stephanie

    Can i use applesauce as a substitute for butter?

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    • Catherine

      That won't work for this recipe because these cookies need to have that crisp snap! The applesauce just doesn't do that like butter does!

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  • Heather D

    Can't wait to try these this year!! LOVE the fun video!

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  • Amber Jean

    Am I able to substitute an ingredient for the brown sugar? I just realized I don't have half a cup for this recipe! Everything else is ready to go to make them!

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    • Catherine McCord

      Use as much brown sugar as you have! Then add white sugar for the rest. Or, if you have molasses you can mix that into your white sugar to make brown sugar!

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