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
  • Category: Dessert


  • 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


  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

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