The Best Chocolate Orange Cookies Recipe

These chocolate orange cookies are decadent, delicious and mouthwatering! A soft and chewy cookie that’s flavored with orange zest and juice, and filled with chunks of orange chocolate, topped with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate.

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About The Recipe

These chocolate orange cookies are made with a classic chocolate chip cookie dough that’s flavored with orange zest and orange juice, that’s right, no artificial flavoring. The chocolate chips are replaced with chunks of an orange chocolate bar and once baked, they’re drizzled with melted dark chocolate for an extra fancy look.

I don’t know why, but when I here chocolate orange cookies, bright orange cookies come to mind, so I used orange food coloring to give these cookies their radiant orange color, and yes this is totally optional, the color has no effect on the flavor of these cookies.

Difficulty: Easy

This chocolate orange cookies recipe is very simple to make, it requires only one bowl and a spatula! If you want, you could also use a hand or stand mixer, but’s it’s not necessary.

The ingredients used in this recipe are very simple and you probably already have all of them in your pantry right now! See the section below for the ingredients.

What You Need To Make Chocolate Orange Cookies

Butter: use super soft butter, if the weather is cold where you live, you could softened the butter in a microwave for 30 seconds or so. Just make sure it does not melt completely (it’s alright if the butter melts a little bit).

Oranges: I used two small-medium sized oranges, one large orange would work as well.

Orange chocolate: I used a bar of orange chocolate I bought at my local grocery store, it could be of any brand. If you can’t find orange chocolate just use regular milk or dark chocolate or chocolate chips. The cookies will still have a quite intense orange flavor because of the zest and juice.

Egg: make sure it’s room temperature.

Optional ingredients:

Dark chocolate– this is for drizzling on top after the cookies are baked.

Food color– it’s not in the picture, but I used orange food coloring in the cookie dough.

How To Make Chocolate Orange Cookies

Let’s go through the steps of making these orange chocolate cookies (with pictures), if you want to jump straight to the recipe click here.

Step 1: Mix together the softened butter and sugars until creamy. Add in the egg, orange juice and zest and food coloring and combine.

Step 2 : Sift in the dry ingredients and fold everything together. Add in the orange chocolate chunks and mix. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.

Step 3: Use a cookie scoop to scoop the cookie dough into 15 ball and place on a baking sheet. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius (350 F/ 160 C Fan). Let the cookie cool down completely once baked.

Step 4: Melt some dark chocolate in a microwave in 30 second increments, stirring in between or using a double boiler. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping or zip lock bag. Drizzle on to the cooled cookies any way you like! Now all you have to do is enjoy!

Storing The Chocolate Orange Cookies

Store the cookies in an air tight container for up to a week. If the weather is really hot, I recommend refrigerating them or the chocolate might melt easily.

Freezing The Cookie Dough

Scoop the cookie dough balls on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them for 2 hours. Transfer the frozen cookie dough balls into a zip lock bag and freeze for up to two months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature for a few hours and bake as usual. Once the cookies are cooled, drizzle on the melted chocolate or eat them as is!

Pro Tips

  • Don’t overbake the cookies, when the cook time is over the cookies will look undone, that’s exactly how they should look. The cookies will finish cooking while they sit on the baking tray for a few minutes.
  • Measure you flour correctly! Adding too much or too little flour will change the texture of the cookies dramatically. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level it off using the back of the spoon.
  • Chill the dough! Chilling the cookie dough is mandatory in this recipe otherwise the cookies will spread way too much. You could also make the cookie dough ahead of time and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it (check FAQ below). If you’re short on time check out my no chill chocolate chunk cookies recipe.
  • If you have a convection oven (oven with a fan setting) I recommend reducing the temperature by 20 degrees.
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FAQ’s

How are these cookies flavored?

These chocolate orange cookies are flavored with fresh orange zest and orange juice.

Can I make the cookie dough ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the cookie dough 2-3 days ahead, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it. It might be a little hard when it comes out of the fridge, so let it sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to soften it up a bit. Then shape and bake them the same way. Once they’re fully cooled dip them in melted chocolate.

Can I use ordinary chocolate instead of orange chocolate?

Of course, the cookie will still have an amazing orange flavor without orange chocolate chunks, so use whatever chocolate you have on hand. Chocolate chips will also work but I prefer using a chocolate bar that’s been cut by hand because unlike chocolate chips, they melt creating pools of melted chocolate in every bite!

Recipe Card

Chocolate Orange Cookies

A soft and chewy cookie that’s flavored with orange zest and juice, and filled with chunks of orange chocolate, topped with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate, these chocolate orange cookies are decadent, delicious and mouthwatering!

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 12 min

Chill Time: 2 hrs.

Total Time: 2 hrs. 27 min

Course: Dessert

Servings: 15 cookies

Calories: 204kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter (113g), softened
  • 3/4 brown sugar (150g)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar (50g)
  • 1 large egg, room temp.
  • zest of two small oranges (or 1 large)
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/8 tsp orange food coloring *optional
  • 2 cups all purpose flour (250g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 100g bar of orange chocolate (or regular chocolate)
  • 50g dark chocolate *optional (topping)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the the softened butter with the brown sugar and granulated sugar until creamy (2 min).
  2. Add in the egg, orange zest, orange juice and food coloring. Mix until combined.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking powder and salt. Fold everything together until almost combined.
  4. Add in the chopped orange chocolate chunks and mix everything together until you see no more flour.
  5. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  6. Once the cookie dough is chilled, preheat the oven to 180 degreed Celsius or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to scoop the cookie dough into 12-15 ball and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving at least 2 inches of space between each ball.
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Let the cookies cool down for a few minutes before transferring on to a cooling rack, or let them cool completely on the baking tray.
  9. While the cookie are cooling, melt the dark chocolate in a microwave (30 sec increments, stirring in b/w) or using a double boiler.
  10. Pour the melted chocolate into a piping or zip lock bag and drizzle over the cooled cookies how ever you like. Let the chocolate set.
  11. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 204.47kcal

Total Fat: 8.62g

Carbs: 30.20g

Sugars: 15.6g

Protein: 2.85g

Sodium: 123.86mg

Fiber: 1.39g

** Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered an estimate only. Actual nutritional content will vary based upon brands used, measuring methods, cooking method, portion sizes, and more. **

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