Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies and Giveaway!

Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies – my favorite cookies of late! Soft yet chewy. The orange-chocolate combo is irresistible! Also, enter to win a Microplane Zester and a stand mixer attachment from BeaterBlade!

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It took me three times to take good photos of these cookies. Ugh, the winter light… One of those things I loathe about cold season. The dark and cloudy days.

Not only was I chasing the light but in the same time I was running out of cookies because my kids keep sneaking in to grab one and run for it! It was a challenge but I think I made it. icon smile Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies and Giveaway! And honestly, I don’t blame them. These cookies are so good! My favorite of late, actually.

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Personally, I would add more orange zest and more chocolate next time. I know the cookie dough can handle it and the flavors would be even more pronounced.

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I got to use my new zester from Microplane. It’s one of the Elite series with ergonomic handles. It comes in an array of colors and is dishwasher safe.

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It has a cover that also makes for a measuring tool. Great for grating cheese for pasta dishes!

Ooh, I love the scent of freshly grated orange zest!

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My other new favorite tool is the Beater Blade for my KitchenAid mixer! It is created to scrape the bowl as you cream the butter with sugar or mix the cookie dough. No more stopping to scrape the bowl manually! Saving time is always welcomed in my kitchen! It fits KitchenAid®, Cuisinart™, Viking® and Kenwood® stand mixers and it’s made in the U.S.

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Just look at that perfectly mixed cookie dough! And boy, is it good raw!!

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Then the only thing left to do is to bake the cookies. I made one batch with freshly made dough and the cookies were puffy, soft and chewy. Perfect! I chilled the rest of the dough and baked it the following day. Still puffed up and chewy cookies, yet the edges were slightly more crunchy. I places a few chocolate pieces on top of the cookie dough mounds for this effect:

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Yields about 3 dozen

Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies

Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies - soft and chewy cookies packed with citrus and chocolate!

15 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 c packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 c granulated (white) sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • zest from half of orange
  • 4oz. dark or semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (I used Hershey's Special Dark)


  1. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter for 30 seconds until creamy.
  2. Add both sugars and beat for 3 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  4. In another large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, soda, salt and cornstarch.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until almost incorporated.
  6. Add zest and chocolate and mix until the flour is well mixed.
  7. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Scoop the dough into 1,5 Tbsp size mounds onto a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  9. If the cookies spread too much, chill the dough for 1 hour to 24 hours.
  10. Bake 10 to 11 minutes.
  11. Cool 1 minute on the sheet, then transfer onto a cooling rack.


Recipe source: Crunchy Creamy Sweet


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  1. Jackie Cooper says

    Hi Anna

    You say in your headnotes next time you would add more orange zest and chocolate. How much more?

    • CrunchyCreamySw says

      Hi Jackie! I think I would add half more (6oz. of chocolate and zest from 3/4 of an orange). I will try the recipe doubling the ingredients to see if it’s not an overkill when it comes to the zest. Thank you for the question! Let me know if you make the cookies!

  2. says

    Chocolate and orange is such a great combination,. though I have never had this before in a cookie, making this afternoon.

  3. Nancy says

    I know you were chasing the light (a problem I’m experiencing too lately – darn these winter months!) but these photos are beautiful, Anna. And the cookies! Orange and chocolate is one of my favourite flavour combos and I love seeing the orange zest in the finished product. I don’t blame your kids at all for sneaking cookies away!

  4. Jamie Higgins says

    I for sure would need to make these cookies, dark chocolate and orange, oh my I love that combination!

  5. Jennie @themessybakerblog says

    I don’t blame the kiddos for swiping a cookie with every pass. These look amazing, and so does that beater blade.

  6. Erin Ellis says

    OH my goodness! Dark chocolate and orange!! My favorite! If I was the lucky winner I would make this exact recipe. I can’t think of anything more yummy! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.


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  7. MelissaSayWhat says

    I would make the Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies because I’m not really a baker and have no recipes in my arsenal. I would really love to incorporate baking into my life!!

  8. tecsesq says

    kugelopf, which is a very old german family recipe for buttery bundt cake, baked in my grandma’s ancient cake pan.

  9. Mary says

    These tools would be a big help in making key lime cupcakes with vanilla butter cream and a bit of zest on top as well as in the cupcakes.

  10. Jan says

    I would make my grandmother’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, along with many more. My husbands favorite dessert is cookies and I love to bake them.

  11. Jan says

    Going to make these today for my girlfriends coming over tonight. Love the recipe and your pictures are beautiful.

  12. Karen says

    Combining orange with the dark chocolate in a cookie…sounds super fab, can’t wait to try (and use a bit more of each like you suggested)!

  13. Brunch Time baker says

    I just love these cookies! I am totally adding orange zest next time I make Chocolate Chip cookies!

  14. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen says

    LOVE orange zest in chocolate chip cookie dough! And, I just adore my Microplane zester. It’s an indispensable tool in my kitchen. It would have been cute to snap a photo of those little hands grabbing those cookies! :)

    • CrunchyCreamySw says

      If only I had a chance! I could only hear the foot steps and the quiet laughing! :) Thank you, Stacy!

  15. Cat says

    These cookies look delicious. I’m adding this recipe to my arsenal of must bake treats!

    I don’t see the raffle copter to enter the contest?

    Thanks for sharing!

    • tecsesq says

      I adore meyer lemons, and rarely find them in nyc markets. I am a bit jealous of your lemon tree! wow!