Chocolate Orange Cookies

There are a lot of amazing flavors that pair perfectly with chocolate, but one of my favorites is orange. That’s how this Chocolate Orange Layer Cake and this Chocolate Orange Pudding were born. It’s also why I decided we needed a cookie version of this classic combo, leading to the creation of these Chocolate Orange Cookies!

These Chocolate Orange Cookies are fudgy and rich, but the hint of orange gives them a refreshing zesty flavor. Rolling them in sugar and more orange zest gives them a nice, subtle crunch, which works great with their soft centers.

First things first, you’ll want to combine all of your dry ingredients- the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Next, blend together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add 1 tbsp of orange zest, mixing until combined. Add the eggs one at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

Make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl before adding the dry ingredients with the mixer on low and mixing just until combined. Go ahead and pop the cookie dough in the fridge for at least ten minutes.

Meanwhile, mix together the rest of the sugar with the other tbsp of orange zest in a small bowl. Using a two tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop all of your cookies and place them on a parchment lined cookie sheet.

Once all of the dough has been scooped, roll each dough in the sugar and orange zest mixture to coat each cookie before placing them back on the parchment lined baking sheet a few inches apart.

Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes at 350º F until the cookies are crisp around the edge and slightly puffed in the middle. Let them rest on the cookie sheet for about ten minutes.

Now get ready to enjoy some delicious chocolate-y orange flavored cookies!

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Chocolate Orange Cookies

These Chocolate Orange Cookies are fudgy and rich, but the hint of orange gives them a refreshing zesty flavor. Rolling them in sugar and more orange zest gives them a nice, subtle crunch, which works great with their soft centers.

  • Author: Marisa Guerra
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp orange zest (1 tbsp for inside, 1 tbsp for outside) (about 2 oranges)
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. Whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
  4. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add 1 tbsp of orange zest and mix until combined.
  5. Add eggs one at a time, scraping down the side of the bowl as needed.
  6. With the mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture and mix until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  7. Place the bowl of dough in the fridge to chill for about 10 minutes.
  8. In a small bowl, whisk together the other tbsp of orange zest and sugar until combined.
  9. Using a 2 tbsp scoop, form cookies into balls and place each cookie on a parchment lined cookie sheet.
  10. Once all cookies have been formed, roll each in the orange sugar mixture and place them back on the parchment a few inches apart.
  11. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until cookies are firm around the edges and slightly puffed in the middle.
  12. Let the cookies cool for about 10 minutes on the baking sheet before carefully moving them to a cooling rack.
  13. Enjoy!

Keywords: chocolate, orange, cookies