It may sound like a weird combination but chilli and orange is delicious pairing. It really works. In fact, the warm, spicy, fruitiness is very similar to ginger. Please give it a go, it’ll surprise you.
75g golden caster sugar
75g dark soft brown sugar
½ tsp of vanilla extract
200g plain flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
zest of 1 orange
2 tsp dried chilli flakes
Cream together the softened butter and both types of sugar until well mixed. Add the egg and the vanilla extract.
Sift the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda into the mixture. It should form a soft wet dough.
The best way to zest an orange is to use a cheese grater. It’ll ensure the zest is small enough so that it should ‘melt’ into the mixture when added, along with the chilli flakes. Mix well to ensure that the new ingredients are spread evenly throughout the mixture.
Now the messy bit. Spoon all of the mixture into one hand and then rub together with both hands so that it forms a ball. Wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees C and grease baking sheets. Take the cookie dough out of the fridge, unwrap and separate into 16 even pieces. Roll each piece into a ball, place on the baking sheet and flatten until 1 cm thick with your hands. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes.
Once cooked, take the sheets out of the oven and leave them for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool. All yours to enjoy.