I’ve been away for a little while. The Boy and I moved into a new place, which meant uprooting ourselves and our little pupper.

This meant that our already anxious little Daisy turned into a giant nervous wreck. Norman, the most regal dog I have ever met, is remaining at my parent’s place. He’s old and forgetful, so it wasn’t fair to take him with us.

Norman

And this meant that Miss Daisy had to spend long periods of time by herself.

Just. Look. At. This. Face.

 

She’s had a tough few weeks (as have we!) but she’s finally starting to settle. I have accepted that The Boy and I have a highly strung little sausage – she’s medicated and probably will be for a long time to come. But we’re working on training her lots and building up her confidence, because she deserves to be happy!

I’ve been spending as much time as humanly possible at home with her to help alleviate her stress, which is how these delightful little cookies were born! With so much time milling about our new apartment with Daisy, I sought out easy, comforting, mood-lifting foods.

And these cookies tick all of those boxes. They’re not too sweet (which means you can eat more than one!) and they’re packed with cardamom and orange, which are zesty and uplifting (perfect for stressful times). And chocolate just improves everything.

Almond hot choc and orange caramom biscuits (1 of 8)

Side note: I got sent a box of chocolate by the lovely people from Nestle Bakers’ Corner.

A BOX OF CHOCOLATE.

That delivery was a little ray of sunshine amidst all the stresses associated with our move. Expect to see more recipes featuring their chocolate.

Anyone else got anxious pets? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

Chocolate cardamom cookies

Makes about 30 cookies

  • 220g butter, cubed and room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 3 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips
Cream together your butter and sugar, then mix in the eggs. Add in your orange juice, flour, cardamom and orange zest, then mix until just combined. Sprinkle in your chocolate chips as you go. Try to avoid over-mixing – as soon as all of your chocolate is spread throughout, stop mixing.

 

Preheat your oven to 170°C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Scoop out a tablespoon of mixture and roll into a ball, then place on the baking paper. Repeat with all of the dough, spacing the balls at least 2cm apart from each other.

 

Pop in the oven for 12-14 minutes, rotating your trays at half way so they don’t over-brown.

 

Remove from the oven and enjoy with a warm cuppa or a delicious hot chocolate.

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