Chocolate and coffee from Ivory Coast are known for their good quality and are exported in large quantities all over the world. So for my variation of the traditional kyekyire paano cookie from Ivory Coast I grabbed a handful of dark chocolate chips and mixed that through the dough. I grated the rind of a large orange and kneaded that in for a slightly sweet note. After baking the cookies I dusted them lightly with some finely ground coffee beans. The result is a crunchy, citrusy cookie with soft, dark chocolate bits and just a hint of coffee. This chocolate orange cookie tastes great with a strong cup of coffee. I used my regular brand to make myself a nice cappuccino and sat very happily sipping and nibbling, but will try to get my hands on some Ivory Coast beans for a more traditional taste next time I bake this cookie.
Chocolate orange cookie
For about 15 cookies
100 grams (¾ cup) cornflour
60 grams (½ cup) sugar
70 grams (½ stick + 1 tablespoon) unsalted butter (room temperature)
100 grams (1 scant cup) flour
pinch of salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
grated rind of 1 (unwaxed) organic orange
50 grams (¼ cup) dark chocolate chips
coffee beans finely ground to dust
Preheat the oven to 180°C / 350°F. Spread out the cornflour over a baking sheet and roast in the middle of the oven for about 20 mins. Stir to mix regularly for the corn to roast evenly.
With an electric mixer beat the sugar with the butter for about 5 mins. until light and creamy.
Beat in the egg.
Mix the corn flour with the flour, the salt, the nutmeg, the orange rind and the chocolate chips.
Add to the butter mixture and knead into a soft dough.
Roll little oval shapes and place them on a cookie sheet covered with baking paper. Leave some space between the dough so the cookies can spread.
Bake in the middle of the oven for 15-20 mins. or until the cookies are lightly browned. Leave to cool on the cookie sheet and dust with the ground coffee.
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