Chocolate orange pan-bang cookies
- January 2024
- Makes 10-12 cookies
- Hands-on time 30 min, plus 15 min freezing. Oven time 15 min
Chocolate orange fans will love this zesty take on pan-bang cookies. These wrinkly cult cookies – a social media sensation – are a guaranteed hit and easy to make. See ‘Know-how’ below for the origin of their name…
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- 20g (12g saturated)
- 49g (31g sugars)
- 230g unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 350g light soft brown sugar
- 1 large free-range egg
- 280g plain flour
- ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- 100g dark chocolate chips
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Finely grated zest of 2 oranges, plus an extra orange to zest for garnish
- Beat the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy – you can do this in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment for about 3 minutes or by hand for about 8 minutes. Beat in the egg, then sift and stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Stir in the dark chocolate chips, ground cloves and the finely grated zest of two oranges.
- Heat the oven to 160°C fan/gas 4. Tip the dough out onto a work surface and roll into a 3cm thick log. Slice the log into 10-12 discs and put 3 of them on a baking tray lined with baking paper, leaving plenty of room around each one. Chill the tray in the freezer for 15 minutes. Remove from the freezer and put the tray straight into the oven for 8 minutes. If you like, prepare a second sheet of cookie dough discs and put them in the freezer (see Make Ahead if you’re not going to bake all the cookies immediately).
- After 8 minutes in the oven, the discs should have spread outwards and puffed up a little. Remove the tray and bang it down sharply on the counter, which will cause the dough to spread outwards even more, creating a ripple effect to give the cookies that crinkly, chewy texture. Put the tray back in the oven for 3 minutes, then remove and bang the tray again. Return for a final 3 minutes, then remove and let the cookies cool on a wire rack while you bake the rest of them in batches. Zest the third orange over the cookies and serve.
Freeze the uncooked dough discs wrapped individually in baking paper, then leave to defrost for 10 minutes before cooking as normal. Or freeze the whole wrapped log, slicing off discs as you need them.
‘Pan-bang’ refers to the technique used to achieve that pleasing crinkly texture: after the cookies begin to rise and puff up during cooking, you bang the ‘pan’ (baking tray) on the counter. This deflates the dough and causes the cookies to spread out, so they end up huge but slim.
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