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White chocolate & orange cookies

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There are many variations on this classic recipe, but this is mine. I love the hint of orange and crunch of the white chocolate chunks. It makes plenty for kids’ lunchboxes and is a lovely treat for teachers.

Makes 32

  • 220g butter, softened
  • ½ cup caster sugar
  • ¼ cup condensed milk
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 2¼ cups self-raising flour
  • ¾ cup roughly chopped white chocolate or white chocolate melts

1 Preheat oven to 175°C. Line 2 trays with baking paper.

2 Using an electric beater, cream the butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes until fluffy and pale. Add condensed milk, orange zest and vanilla paste and beat well. Remove the beater and stir in flour and chocolate.

3 Roll into walnut-sized balls and place on the lined trays, leaving room for spreading.

4 Flatten slightly with a fork and bake 10-14 minutes until golden. For even cooking shapes, I find it’s good to weigh the mixture then roll into 28g balls.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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