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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Whip up a batch of orange chocolate chip cookies and you will love the bright citrus burst along with the rich chocolate chips.
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  1. Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients
  2. Substitutions And Additions
  3. How To Make This Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
  4. How To Serve
  5. Storage
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These orange chocolate chip cookies are the perfect mix of sweet and citrusy, with a little bit of crunch from the chocolate chips. The fresh orange zest and orange extract are tasty additions that bring the best flavor to this yummy cookie recipe.

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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients

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These cookies are a scrumptious blend of tangy orange and rich chocolate, ensuring both flavors shine through with each indulgent bite.

The sweetness of the dough is perfectly balanced by the zesty citrus flavor, creating a heavenly balance that your taste buds will absolutely adore.

But the real magic happens when you bite down and hit a chocolate chip, which adds an extra layer of decadence to these delightful cookies.

You’ll need:

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • 1½ teaspoons of cornstarch
  • 1½ teaspoons of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 cup of salted sweet cream butter, room temperature
  • 1¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature 
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh orange zest (1 large orange)
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract 
  • 2 teaspoons of pure orange extract
  • 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup of milk chocolate chips 

Substitutions And Additions

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: You can substitute dark chocolate chips for semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips in these yummy cookies.

ORANGE ZEST: You can reduce the orange zest to 1 tablespoon.       

ORANGE FLAVOR: You can reduce the orange flavoring to 1 teaspoon if you only want a slight hint of orange flavor.

How To Make This Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Whip up the easy cookie batter following our instructions below, and you will be rewarded with a delightful treat.

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

You can make the cookie dough a day or two in advance. Keep it covered and refrigerated. When you are ready to bake, scoop out your dough balls onto the cookie sheet.

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda. Set it aside.

flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda whisked together in a bowl

STEP TWO: Using either the bowl of a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl and a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter for 1 to 1½ minutes, until smooth.

PRO TIP:

Make sure the butter is at room temperature and not melted as you will end up with a really flat cookie if you use melted butter.

butter blended in a bowl

STEP THREE: Add the sugars and continue mixing on medium-high for 2½ to 3 minutes, until well combined.

sugar blended together with the butter mixture in a bowl

STEP FOUR: Lower the mixer speed to low and add the egg. Continue mixing just until incorporated.

STEP FIVE: Increase the mixer speed to medium speed and the orange zest, vanilla extract, and orange flavoring. Mix just until combined.

STEP SIX: Lower the mixer speed to low speed, and add ½ of the flour mixture at a time to the wet ingredients. Mix just until well incorporated.

flour mixture blended together with the butter mixture in a bowl

STEP SEVEN: Add the chocolate chips, and mix just until combined.

chocolate chips folded into the cookie dough

STEP EIGHT: Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

STEP NINE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1-tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Space the balls of dough 2 inches apart. Bake for 10 minutes.

cookie dough scooped out and placed on a baking sheet

STEP TEN: Allow the dough to rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

How To Serve

These chewy cookies bring such a fresh and citrusy brightness, and you will love adding them to your cookie jar.

Add a cold glass of milk or a Wendy’s frosty and you will have a delightful snack to enjoy.

Alternatively, you could opt for a scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream, the cool temperature contrasting with the warmth of the fresh cookies.

A few more cookie recipes that we think you will love, including our creamsicle cookies and blueberry cookies.

Storage

Store the cookie dough in the freezer and bake them later when you are craving the citrus and chocolate goodness of these cookies.

ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these chocolate orange cookies in an airtight container, at room temperature for up to 5 days.

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the cookie dough for up to 2 months in a freezer bag or airtight container. Allow the dough to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before scooping and baking.

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These delicious orange chocolate chip cookies are very flavorful and have a nice orange flavor along with bursts of rich chocolate. The addition of fresh orange zest and extract brings a fun twist to a traditional chocolate chip cookie.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these cookies?

This great recipe can be frozen for up to two months either in the form of cookie dough or as baked cookies.

Can I use different types of chocolate chips?

This orange chocolate chip cookie recipe can be customized with the type of chocolate chips you add. White chocolate chips or even chocolate chunks would be a fun twist on the original.

Can I store these cookies on the counter?

These cookies can be stored on the counter for up to 5 days in an airtight container.

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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Whip up a batch of orange chocolate chip cookies and you will love the bright citrus burst along with the rich chocolate chips.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings 48

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
  • teaspoons cornstarch
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter, room temperature
  • cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest (1 large orange)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons pure orange extract
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions
 

  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, and baking soda. Set it aside.
  • Using either a stand mixer, or a large mixing bowl and a handheld mixer on medium-high speed, beat the butter for 1 to 1½ minutes, until smooth.
  • Add the sugars and continue mixing on medium-high for 2½ to 3 minutes, until well combined.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low and add the egg. Continue mixing just until incorporated.
  • Increase the mixer speed to medium and the orange zest, vanilla extract, and orange flavoring. Mix just until combined.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low, and add ½ of the flour mixture at a time. Mix just until well incorporated.
  • Add in the chocolate chips, and mix just until combined. Cover the dough and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop the dough and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Space the dough 2 inches apart.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Allow the dough to rest on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling completely.

Notes

  • You can make the cookie dough a day or two in advance. Keep it covered and refrigerated. When you are ready to bake, scoop out your dough balls onto the cookie sheet.
  • Make sure the butter is at room temperature and not melted as you will end up with a really flat cookie if you use melted butter.

Nutrition

Calories: 165kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 52mg | Potassium: 74mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 136IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg
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