Vanilla + Orange Scented Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vanilla + Orange Scented Chocolate Chip Cookies

“If I had any choice in the matter, I’d stay in my comfy bed and eat warm chocolate chip cookies all day.” Simone Elkelis

Many claim bare necessities to be milk, bread and eggs in a kitchen. In India, the list includes the trusted steel masala box filled to the brim, along with potatoes, onions and rice. I am sure by now you know, that very few of the above items are considered essential to me. My list runs more along the lines of chocolate, berries, Maggi, and a variety of cheeses!

Cookies are a lot of fun to make, and particularly if you have children in the house, it’s a great interactive session while keeping them busy for a good amount of time!

This cookie has a slight twist: luscious Malta orange zest rubbed into the sugars, and a vanilla bean pod infused into the melted butter, along with a ton of chocolate chips! These fragrant chocolate chip cookies lend a very adult feel, and even if you have them with a glass of milk, you’ll still feel like a grown up.

Enjoy 🙂

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The Recipe
Serves Yields: 24 cookies | Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins


  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ vanilla pod
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 3 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips


  • Melt the butter in a saucepan with a split open vanilla pod.
  • Whisk the egg in a separate bowl with the infused butter.
  • Rub the orange zest into the combined sugars.
  • Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt and sugars together.
  • Then stir in the wet ingredients with a wooden spoon.
  • Then add the chocolate chips.
  • Bring the mixture to dough.
  • Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Scoop the dough into flat balls of your desired thickness and place on a baking sheet, leaving at least 2-inch space between the cookies, as they spread.
  • Bake for 15 minutes in a preheated oven of 170°C.
  • Remove from the oven and let cool.
  • Store in an airtight container.

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