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These Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies are soft and rich – the perfect chocolate chip cookies with a hint of orange! Soft and chewy, these are a great cookie recipe to try.

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Table of Contents
  1. Why You’ll Love Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
  2. Ingredients in Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies
  3. How to make Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies
  4. Expert Tips
  5. FAQ
  6. More Recipes that Feature an Orange Flavor
  7. Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe Recipe

It is so hard for me to make “regular” desserts. You know, the basics: vanilla cupcakes. Chocolate cupcakes. Plain cheesecake. Chocolate chip cookies. Don’t get me wrong, I love them, but when you create recipes for a living, you can’t really do the same ones over and over.

So, what I LOVE to do is add a twist to those old favorites. In this case, a twist of orange takes the best soft and chewy chocolate chip cookies to a new flavor level.

Aren’t they gorgeous? And they are SO good!

Why You’ll Love Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • Orange and chocolate are a classic flavor combination, so combining them in a cookie makes total sense. The acid from the orange complements the richness of the chocolate. They are perfect together.
  • And you can really taste the flavor. These orange-flavored chocolate chip cookies are just that – citrus and chocolate all baked up in a delicious cookie.
  • Of course, I use the best soft and chewy cookies as the base because who doesn’t love a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie?
  • These orange choc chip cookies are such a great twist on a classic. You’re going to love them!
Overhead shot of chocolate chips, an orange, orange zest and orange extract

Ingredients in Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

Melted unsalted butter: I love starting my cookies with melted butter!

Sugar: Granulated sugar and Light brown sugar make these cookies soft and chewy

Large eggs: Be sure to buy the right size eggs

Vanilla extract: Love the flavor!

Orange extract: This is really important to give that orange flavor!

Orange zest: The zest is where all the flavor is! Don’t skip it!

Baking soda and Salt: Typical in cookies

All-purpose flour: Be sure to measure it correctly

Semi-sweet chocolate chips: chocolate and orange go so well together!

how to make cookies 6 photos showing the process

How to make Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

  1. Zest the orange, just using the orange parts (learn how to zest).
  2. Pour the melted butter into a large bowl. Add the granulated sugar and brown sugar and stir until smooth.
  3. Mix in the egg, vanilla, orange extract, baking soda, salt, and zest.
  4. Slowly mix in the flour.
  5. Gradually mix in the chocolate chips.
  6. Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Scoop two tablespoons of dough to form the dough balls. Place them on the sheet pan, cover it with plastic wrap, and chill the dough for at least two hours.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a second cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Remove the chilled cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and space them two inches apart on the prepared cookie sheets.
  8. Bake the cookies for 11 to 15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden and the tops are no longer glossy. Cool the cookies on the pan for at least 10 minutes before removing them.
Overhead shot of chocolate chip orange cookies on cooling rack next to orange slices

Expert Tips

  • Measuring: Use a kitchen scale to measure your ingredients for the best results. If you don’t have one, be sure to use the spoon and level method when you measure the flour with a cup. This will ensure you don’t add too much flour.
  • Mixing: When you add the flour, mix just until it’s absorbed into the other ingredients and the dough is uniform. Overmixing will change the texture of your cookies.
  • Chocolate: I like semi-sweet or milk chocolate, but you can make dark chocolate orange cookies with bittersweet chocolate chips.
  • Chilling: Don’t skip the chilling step! Yes, it’s hard to wait, but your cookies will thank you for it. The chilling firms up the butter so your cookies have the perfect texture.

FAQ

How to store chocolate chip cookies?

Store chocolate chip cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can you freeze cookies?

hey freeze great! Place them in a freezer bag or container, and they will keep well in the freezer for up to two months.

Do I have to use orange extract?

I like to use orange extract because it’s shelf-stable, and I don’t have to run out and buy oranges when I want to make this recipe. That said, you can use orange juice in place of the extract – see the recipe card for more details!

Why do cookies flatten?

best chocolate chip cookies, chill the dough to firm up the butter before baking them.

Do I have to chill the cookie dough?

For the best chocolate chip orange cookies, you should chill the dough. The butter will spread too much if you don’t, and your cookies will be flat.

If you’re ready for cookies with orange, these orange chocolate chip cookies need to be on the baking list! I absolutely love them – I hope you do, too!

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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

5 from 1 vote
These Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies are soft and rich – the perfect chocolate chip cookies with a hint of orange! Soft and chewy, these are a great cookie recipe to try.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Yield 20 cookies
Serving Size 1 cookie

Ingredients
 

  • ½ cup (113g) unsalted butter, melted
  • cup (66 g) granulated sugar
  • ½ cup (100g) packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 tablespoon (9g) orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups (186g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups (255g) chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

Instructions

  • Place melted butter in a large bowl. Add granulated and brown sugars and mix until the mixture is smooth.
  • Mix in egg, vanilla, orange extract, zest, baking soda and salt, then slowly mix in flour and mix just until the batter is smooth and comes together. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl during mixing. Slowly mix in chocolate chips.
  • Line a cookie sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper. Scoop 2 tablespoon balls of dough onto the cookie sheet. Spacing doesn’t matter because you will be chilling the dough. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a second cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Remove the chilled cookie dough balls from the refrigerator and space them 2-inches apart on the cookie sheets. Bake (2 tablespoon sized cookies) for 11-15 minutes, or until the edges are a light golden and the tops are no longer glossy. Let cool on the cookie sheets at least 10 minutes before removing.

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Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1cookie | Calories: 180kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 185IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword chocolate chip cookies, orange, orange extract, orange zest
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Have you ever combined chocolate and orange? If not, you need to try these Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies – such a delicious spin on a classic cookie!

Last Updated on February 16, 2022

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31 Comments

  1. Hi Dorothy, I made these cookies a few days ago and my family and I absolutely loved them! I’ve been a reader of your blog for quite a few months, but this is my first time making a recipe of yours, glad I did. When the cookies cooled, they were still chewy, they came out the oven so pretty, and the orange has adds an addicting flavor to the cookies. After you eat one you want to eat another one and another one. So thanks again for the recipe and I’ll be sure to try out more of your recipes. You and BrownEyedBaker are probably my favorite bloggers, I love yourposts, keep up the great work! 🙂

  2. What a fun spin on a good cookie! I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for sharing them at Monday Funday. Pinning to the Monday Funday pin board 🙂

  3. Best Combination!! My mom would go gaga for these.

    I know what you mean… it recently occurred to me that I don’t have “the” chocolate chip cookie recipe for my recipe arsenal, or “the” banana cream pie, so this year I’ve done a ton of taste-testing recipes to get my favorites. Honestly though… I can’t wait to get back to making crazy things!

  4. I totally adore orange and chocolate together, and these cookies look completely perfect!

  5. I’m going through a similar thing! So many other food bloggers post the most amazing classics — chocolate chip cookies, buttermilk waffles, blueberry muffins, pecan pie… It’s hard to come up with a recipe better than theirs. But I don’t know that I’d want to; I’d rather be one of the “creative” (aka crazy) bloggers anyway. Life’s more fun when you color outside the lines!

      1. Definitely! (And it means I don’t have to choose between Oreos and pretzels in my ice cream pie crust! 😉 )