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Chocolate & Orange Stars

December 21, 2010

by Emily

I am a huge fan Sweet Paul, which is a blog and online magazine put together by, of course, Paul, who is a professional food and prop stylist. Which I think is so. super. cool. He incorporates a broad range of recipes and plenty of fresh ideas for displaying and serving which makes it exceedingly easy to imagine your creation from recipe to table. It is the whole package deal! Another key thing to note is that his ideas and execution are completely reasonable! There is no (unattainable) Martha Stewart effect going on here and I am completely impressed.


But, sigh, I am a little disappointed with the quality of these pictures since a.) I am highlighting a food stylist in this post and b.) these little cookies are pretty dang darling and the pictures don’t do them justice. What I haven’t mentioned and what these pictures completely avoid (over)sharing is that it is an absolute miracle any of them turned out at all!


You see, my friend Kathryn and I introduced another, unlisted ingredient into this baking equation when we took this recipe for a spin the other night… and what we discovered is that gratuitous amounts of wine yield burnt cookies, not 36 perfect little stars. Huh. WEIRD, right?

A little over-baking resulted in some aggressive man-handling of these petite cookies. Luckily, the middle portion of the baking sheet was not hard as a rock (i.e. salvagable) and we were no longer at risk of puncturing our hands with a small weapons otherwise know as a star-shaped cookie cutters. About half of these cute little guys turned out to be a yummy little treat – bite-sized with a hint of orange equals perfection – and would be the ideal cookie, with a tall glass of milk, for luring Santa to your maison.

Chocolate and Orange Stars
from Sweet Paul

1 1/4 cups butter, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 teaspoon grated orange zest

Preheat oven to 340F.
Beat butter and sugar until light and creamy.
Stir in cocoa, syrup and salt.
Add the eggs, one at a time, stirring well between each.
Add flour and orange peel; mix well.
Cover a large baking tray with parchment paper and pour the batter on top.
Bake for about 35 minutes.
The cake is supposed to be a bit sticky.
Cool and press out stars with a cookie cutter.
Dust with a little confectioners’ sugar before serving.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Kathryn permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:46 am

    Oh good times. “Let’s stick em in the fridge so they cool faster!”

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