At the Odyssey we love to bake all different types of cookies. We make these chocolate and orange cookies a lot in the summer and serve them with a nice cup of coffee or tea. The smell of freshly baked cookies wafts through the air after we place the baking trays on the table to cool before transferring them to large glass jars. The counter is only a few steps from the kitchen, yet somehow about half the cookies mysteriously disappear. It can’t be a coincidence that baking day is also the day when guests have a mischievous smile when they pop into the kitchen to say hello.
These lenten cookies are vegan (Greek Orthodox fasts bans the consumption of products from animals with blood). Choose high-quality olive oil otherwise the cookies will taste bitter; if you cannot find this, use another vegetable oil. Orange and cloves add a wonderful flavor to the cookies. Use an organically grown unwaxed orange or scrub thoroughly before using the rind.
Argyro – who has been with Odyssey for seven years – introduced us to these chocolate and orange cookies. She always chooses traditional recipes made with simple, high quality ingredients and local products.
Chocolate and orange
I will share more of Odyssey’s favorite cookies in the months to come. I hope you enjoy this lovely combination of chocolate and orange as much as we do!
Orange and cloves add a wonderful flavor to the chocolate and orange cookies.
When the dough is completely mixed, stir in the chocolate chips.
Take little bits of the dough and put them on a baking sheet. Keep some space in between as they will rise.
Do not bake the cookies for more than ten minutes, as they will become too dry and hard.
When the chocolate and orange cookies come out of the oven, have them with a nice cup of coffee or tea!