Orange Chocolate Meltaways
1 package, 11 1/2 ounces, milk chocolate chips
1 cup, 6 ounces, semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 teaspoon grated orange peel
2 1/2 teaspoons orange extract
1 1/2 cups finely chopped toasted pecans
1 cup, 6 ounces, milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening
Place chocolate chips in a mixing bowl and set aside. In a saucepan, bring cream and orange peel to a gentle boil, immediately pour over chips. Let stand for 1 minute and whisk until smooth. Add the extract.
Cover and chill for 35 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Beat for 10 to 15 seconds or just until mixture lightens in color, do not overbeat. Spoon rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover and chill for 5 minutes. Gently shape into balls and roll half in pecans.
In a microwave or double boiler, melt chocolate and shortening and stir until smooth. Dip remaining balls in chocolate. Place on waxed paper to harden. Store in the refrigerator.
Yields 6 dozen.