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.
- 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 www.jowilcox.co.nzmore of this author