Chocolate-Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Does Santa bring you a Christmas orange every year?  Who are the lucky ones that get their stalking stuffed with a chocolate Christmas orange?  You know, the orange-flavored chocolate that’s in the shape of an orange and sliced into orange segments?  Literally a chocolate orange. 
Those are my favorite.   And these cookies taste just like them….
It’s a chocolate cookie infused with fresh orange zest, a splash of orange juice,  rolled into a zesty orange-sugar coating.  You get bursts of orange flavor with every bite.  
 And loads of dark chocolate chips too.  Lately, I’m really loving dark chocolate.  
Chocolate meets orange meets fudgy meets zesty meets best. cookie. ever.  Definitely a new favorite.  

So Santa baby, please stuff my stalking with a dozen of these this year.  Thankyouverymuch. 


Chocolate-Orange Chocolate chip Cookies
Zest of one large orange
2/3 cup butter, soft
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar (1/3 cup reserved)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp freshly squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 (10 oz) package dark chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350.
Mix 1/3 cup granulated sugar with 1 tsp orange zest and set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat butter, 1 cup sugar, and remaining orange zest until creamy.
Beat in the egg, vanilla, and orange juice.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, cocoa, salt, baking soda, and baking powder.
Slowly mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
Stir in dark chocolate chips. Roll dough into 1 1/2 in balls and roll into the sugar-zest mixture.
Place dough balls on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper, 3 inches apart.
Using the bottom of a glass flatten dough balls to about 1/2 inch thick. Bake for 9-11 minutes.
Let cool for several minutes then transfer to a cooling rack.

Slightly Adapted from Dulce Dough
yields: 2 1/2 dozen


  1. J December 6, 2012

    Sounds yummy! Could I leave out the orange zest and orange juice (or substitute it with something else)??

  2. Natalie December 7, 2012


  3. Marina D December 7, 2012

    Oooh chocolate and orange! Great combo! Have a great weekend!

  4. Axelle the french cook December 8, 2012

    Chocolate and orange : a perfect mixing. It must be very good.

  5. Joy @ Baking-Joy December 9, 2012

    These sound delicious! I still get a Terry’s chocolate orange in my stocking every year…I love them! :-)

  6. Melissa December 10, 2012

    Hey! I’m finally popping over to day hi and feel dumb now. I TOTALLY know your blog, but it just was not clicking the night I met you at FINCA… I pinned your inside-out carrot cake cookies to make a while ago! We were meant to be friends – I love your baking style!

  7. I’ve never had a chocolate christmas orange before! Although, I have had chocolate + orange brownies before and I completely feel in love with the flavor combination. Your cookies look absolutely incredible and I’m saving the recipe as we speak. Now, I want a huge chocolate orange in my stocking :)

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  10. Amanda January 17, 2016

    These cookies were amazingly delicious!! Orange and chocolate is a perfect combination! I’ll be making these white often. Thanks for sharing


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