These lovely cookies were a big new favorite on my 2016 cookie trays. They involved learning how to candy orange peels, and the chocolate dipped candied orange peel was even more popular than this chocolate dipped orange shortbread cookie! Both the candied peels and the cookies made from them will become Christmas gift staples.
Original recipe, found via Pinterest: http://userealbutter.com/2008/06/11/chocolate-dipped-orange-peel-cookies-recipe/
*People have had issues with the candied orange peel turning hard during baking. To remedy this, when you make your candied orange peel, store the peels in the syrup rather than drying the individual orange peel slices. You can dry the ones that you want to turn into orangettes, but for this recipe, keep them soft and moist in the syrup. This should help with the texture when baking. Even peel stored in syrup will gradually harden, but it will take longer!
Here’s a link to good instructions for making the candied peel: http://tiphero.com/candied-orange-peel/ I did it just like this, except I didn’t toss the finished peel in additional sugar. I just spread all that sticky goodness out to dry and left it in the spare bedroom for a few days! The peels got less bitter after sitting for a while, and are good with or without the chocolate. (But of course, everything is better with chocolate…)