Chocolate Orange Creamsicle Cookies

I originally titled these: Chocolate Shortbread Cookies with Orange Cream and Chocolate Orange Ganache. Although that is much more descriptive, it was just too dang long. I wanted something to bring to the Los Angeles Food Bloggers Meeting, and this is how these things evolved in my brain:

I should try to make chocolate shortbread cookies, but I want to put something on top. I’ll make them like the Mini Lemon Meringue Tarts, but use orange. And Ganache instead of meringue. Orange ganache. Hope this works.

Chocolate Orange Creamsicle Cookies

For The Chocolate Shortbread:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

1 1/4 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

For The  Orange Cream:

2 tbs orange zest

5 egg yolks

1/2 cup white sugar

3/4 cup orange juice

5 tbs unsalted butter, cut into cubes

For The Orange Ganache:

1 cup dark chocolate chunks

2/3 cup heavy cream

2 tbs orange zest

1 tablespoon Cointreau or other orange-flavored liqueur

Preheat oven to 325.

Cream the butter and powdered sugar until well combined, about 3 minutes. Add the vanilla and beat until combined. In separate  bowl, whisk the cocoa and flour together until well combined. With the mixer on low, gradually add the flour mixture.

Put about 2 tbs of the dough into each well of a muffin tin (spray with butter flavored cooking spray before hand), forming the dough up onto the side to make a cup with a large well in the center.

Chill the dough in the muffin tin for at least an hour.

Bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Allow to cool

Make the orange cream. I love this, it’s based on my lemon curd recipe but the orange is awesome.

Add the orange zest, orange juice, sugar and yolks to a bowl and mix well. Add the orange mixture to a pan over medium/low heat along with the butter.

Whisk until thickened, about 8 minutes. Once the mini tart shells are cooled, spoon in the orange cream.

Place the chocolate and the orange zest in a heat safe bowl. In a separate bowl, heat the cream and the orange-flavored liqueur until hot and steam, but not boiling (microwave is fine but you can also heat on the stove) and pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Stir for about 3 minutes or until well combined. If you have never made ganache or chocolate sauce, you may get a bit concerned about half way through. It is completely normal for your sauce to look like chunky chocolate milk for the first few minutes, just keep stirring and it’ll all work out.

Allow the ganche to cool a bit, then add it to the top of the cookies.

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21 Responses to Chocolate Orange Creamsicle Cookies

  1. Shari, The Saucy Gourmet September 30, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Oh do those look yummy!!!

  2. Karriann Graf September 30, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Definitely a sweet treat, great combination of flavors!

    • Jaxie September 30, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      Thanks! I love chocolate and orange =)

  3. Kelly September 30, 2011 at 11:16 am #

    These are so cute and I love the recipe! Yummy! :)

    • Jaxie September 30, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Thanks! I thought about making a big tart out of all of this, but the mini version is so cute =)

  4. Ally September 30, 2011 at 11:20 am #

    Likey Likey…everything about it! :)

    • Jaxie September 30, 2011 at 11:44 am #

      Thanks Ally, you are a bit of a deliciousness expert!

  5. RavieNomNoms September 30, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    These are so amazing! The chocolate and orange creamsicle what an awesome cookie!

  6. Colleen Bierstine September 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    These look incredible! What a delicious idea. Yum :D

  7. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. September 30, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    These cookies are fabulous! great idea!

  8. Tina@flourtrader September 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    Yes, this does work and deliciously I might add. They look like mini tarts and have some tasty layering on the inside. Well done.

  9. Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen September 30, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Exquisite! Love how creative you are with desserts. You continue to inspire me Jackie!

    • Jaxie September 30, 2011 at 7:50 pm #

      THANK YOU! Such a huge compliment coming from you =)

  10. Curt October 1, 2011 at 4:59 am #

    By reading the ingredients, this sounds like it would be really tasty. They certainly do look mighty tasty!

  11. Sasha @ The Procrastobaker October 1, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    These are such a uniquely wonderful little creation, and im sure darn gorgeous too! Scrumptious indeed :)

  12. chinmayie @ love food eat October 1, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    You makes such fancy things!! These creamcycle cookies look irresistible!

  13. Sarah October 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm #

    Chocolate and orange are such a classic combo. These look great!!

  14. Theresa December 13, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    I made these for a friend’s birthday. People thought they were brownies. I did make 12 and had leftover dough after measuring 2 TBSP for each, so I added the balance evenly to the cups. They were a little difficult to get out of the muffin pan (I did spray first) then I turned the muffin pan upside down and pushed on the bottom and they popped out just fine, so I only messed up two. The curd is divine and the ganache so decadent. They were a bit hit!! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jackie December 13, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      YAY!! I’m so glad :)

  15. Mia January 8, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    These were delicious! What a great recipe! I made this the first time a few months back and then decided to make them for Christmas and they were also a hit with them being the first “sweets” that anyone went for even above the pies!! :)

    • Jackie January 8, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

      YAY!! That is great to hear :)

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