Spotlight Recipe: Orange-Chocolate Cookies

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, let the holiday baking season begin! This week, we're offering up a cookie a day to give you ideas for holiday parties, cookie swaps or simple, healthier choices to satisfy your sweet tooth.

My mother-in-law discovered this recipe last year in a magazine, and these cookies became an instant family favorite. The combination of orange and chocolate makes for a light but decadent cookie. At 90 calories each, you can have one (or two) and not feel guilty about dessert.

Kosta House Orange-Chocolate Cookies

Makes 4 dozen
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup orange marmalade
6 ounces bittersweet chocolate
1 tablespoon shortening

In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar. Beat until combined, scraping sides of the bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolk and orange peel. Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour.

On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Using a 1 1/2-inch round cookie cutter, cut into rounds. Press your thumb into center and fill with 1/4 teaspoon orange marmalade.

Bake on parchment-lined baking sheets in a 375-degree oven for about 12 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate and shortening over low heat. Dip half of each cookie in chocolate mixture. Place cookies on rack to set.

Calories: 89
Fat: 5.5 grams
Saturated Fat: 2.5 grams
Protein: 1 gram
Carbohydrate: 11 grams
Sodium: 2 milligrams
Cholesterol: 15 milligrams
Fiber: 0 grams
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