For my daughter’s Strawberry Shortcake birthday party, I had the grand idea of a themed desert bar. Each of Strawberry’s friends were to be represented with their own special desert. Some were easy, like Blueberry Muffins. Others a bit trickier like Orange Blossom. In the end, I decided to do something very different for Miss Blossom and make Candied Orange Peels.
I am neither a great cook or baker, so when I tell you that these are surprisingly simple — believe me!
I searched the Internet for recipes, but I am also not very good at following directions (see not great cook or baker above). So once I go the idea of what needed to be done, I made my own path.
The results were bitter-sweet, chewy deliciousness. Guests were amazed that the candies were actually orange peels. The consistency changes so much, they become like a gummy candy. The only thing that could have made them better is that next time I will dip one end in dark chocolate! (Hint, hint.)
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- Beat butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture until well blended. (Note - this is the stickiest batter ever. Crazy sticky. Just saying.)
- Mix in the chocolate chips.
- Drop spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
- Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let cool slightly and enjoy warm (and then again later when they cool). Yummy!
More desserts from the Strawberry Shortcake Desert bar.