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  • 125 g (4 oz) soft light brown sugar
  • 125 g (4 oz) granulated sugar
  • 150 g (5 oz) butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated orange rind
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 250 g (8 oz) plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150 g (5 oz) good-quality plain dark chocolate with orange, roughly chopped into chunks

Beat the sugars, butter and orange rind together in a large bowl with a hand-held electric whisk until smooth and pale. Add the beaten egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined.

Sift in the flour and baking powder and mix with a wooden spoon until all the ingredients are combined. Stir in the chocolate chunks and bring the mixture together with your hands to form a dough.

Transfer the cookie dough to a large sheet of clingfilm, roll the dough into a wide 7 cm (3 inch) sausage shape and wrap in the clingfilm, twisting the ends to seal. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Slice the dough into about 12 x 1.5 cm (¾ inch) thick discs and place, spaced apart, on 2 large nonstick baking sheets. Bake in a preheated oven, 180°C (350°F), Gas Mark 4, for 10–12 minutes or until golden brown around the edge and slightly paler in the centre.

Leave on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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