When I was growing up, my favorite part of opening my stocking was finding those incredible chocolate oranges that show up in the candy aisle around Christmas time.
First of all, in order to properly open and eat them, you had to smash them against the floor (or maybe on your little brother, if you were anything like me), and it’s always fun to be a little destructive.
Then you open this milk chocolate treat shaped like an orange with that delicious subtle orange flavor.
Honestly, I think without the fun packaging you could have never gotten my nine year old self to eat what seemed like such a strange combination, but I’m so glad I did because these flavors complement each other perfectly.
While drinking my morning coffee I was missing those chocolate oranges but didn’t feel like leaving my house to track one down.
Instead, I thought how great they’d be in cookie form! And wow, are these cookies good.
The texture is perfect: just a little crispy on the outside but soft and chewy on the inside. The chocolate cookie and chocolate chips provide a dominant chocolate flavor with just a hint of orange coloring the background thanks to the orange zest.
These cookies are also very easy to make! The best thing about them is that since the dough is made by creaming softened butter and sugar and then stirring in the remaining ingredients, there is no heavy kneading requirement or need for a stand mixer.
This is similar to a classic chocolate chip recipe, with just a few additions and tweaks to shake things up. If you’re participating in any cookie exchanges or just going to a few parties this holiday season, bring these.
Even if you aren’t, your coworkers and family will definitely appreciate them. They’re perfect for the season!
But, I’ll let you in on a little secret: they’re actually super delicious at any time of year, and the ingredients are readily available year-round as well! Perfect for when you’re craving those wintertime orange chocolates in the middle of the summer…
And if you want to go big, get inspired by our chocolate chip pan cookie, and use this recipe as the dough to make a GIANT skillet dessert perfect for any party!
A Spin on Baking Basics
Ready to spice up your usual chocolate chips with a twist? Bake up a batch of double chocolate flavored with orange, and these are sure to be gobbled up in no time!
What’s your favorite spin on a classic cookie flavor? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to peruse through all of our cookie ideas now!
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About Chelsea Miller
Chelsea Miller, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon where she discovered both her love of football and cooking great food. She's the founder of the food blog "A Duck's Oven" and began writing for Foodal in 2014.