Chocolate Orange Whoopies

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Here’s a quick and easy recipe for Chocolate Orange Whoopies, a soft cookie-like dessert that combines the citrus-y flavors of orange with rich dark chocolate. I used the Wheat-Free Market Virtue Sweetener, the sweetener that, because it is fourfold sweeter than sugar, can be used sparingly and is less costly than other natural, non-sugar sweeteners like Lakanto or Truvia.

I used a whoopie pan but, if you don’t have one, you can just form 3/4-inch thick, 2 1/2-inch rounds on parchment paper and you will obtain much the same end product.

Makes 12 whoopies

3 cups Wheat-Free Market All-Purpose Baking Mix (or almond flour/meal)
Zest of 1 medium orange (about 1 tablespoon)
2 1/2 tablespoons Virtue Sweetener
1 egg
3/4 cup water
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons orange extract
1 3 1/2-ounce bar of 85-90% cocoa chocolate or 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or spray a whoopie pan with oil; alternatively, spread parchment paper over a baking pan.

In large bowl, combine baking mix (or flour/meal) with orange zest and Virtue Sweetener; mix thoroughly.

In small bowl, whisk egg with water, lemon juice, and orange extract. Add egg mixture to dry mixture and combine thoroughly.

Distribute dough into 12 wells of the whoopie pan and flatten to conform to each well. If using parchment paper and pan, flatten dough to cookie shape.

Bake for 22-23 minutes or until toothpick withdraws dry. Remove from oven and allow to cool 10 minutes, then remove from whoopie pan.

Meanwhile, melt chocolate in microwave in 20-second increments or in double-boiler setup. Pipe chocolate onto whoopies in your desired pattern (e.g., as shown in the photograph). (If you lack a piping bag, you can cut the corner off a plastic bag or craft one from wax paper.

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