November 13, 2023Review Recipe
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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.
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients
These cookies are a scrumptious blend of tangy orange and rich chocolate, ensuring both flavors shine through with each indulgent bite.
But the real magic happens when you bite down and hit a chocolate chip, which adds an extra layer of decadence to these lovely cookies.
- 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.
NUTS: If you enjoy a bit of crunch in your cookies, feel free to add chopped nuts such as walnuts, pecans, or almonds.
These additions can provide a satisfying contrast in texture to the soft and chewy cookies, and they’ll also introduce a delightful nutty flavor.
CITRUS VARIATIONS: To explore different citrus flavors, you can swap the orange zest for lemon or lime zest.
Lemon will bring a zesty and tangy brightness, while lime zest will infuse a vibrant and slightly tart note.
These variations can give your cookies a refreshing twist, perfect for those who love citrusy treats.
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.
STEP TWO: Using the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl and a handheld electric mixer, on medium-high, beat the butter for 1 to 1½ minutes, until smooth.
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.
STEP THREE: Add the sugars and continue mixing on medium-high for 2½ to 3 minutes until well combined.
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 half of the flour mixture at a time to the wet ingredients. Mix just until well incorporated.
STEP SEVEN: Add the chocolate chips and mix just until combined.
STEP EIGHT: Cover the dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for two hours.
STEP NINE: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line two 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 two inches apart. Bake for ten minutes.
STEP TEN: Allow the dough to rest on the cookie sheet for five minutes before transferring them 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.
Now that your kitchen is filled with the delightful aroma of freshly baked treats, it’s essential to know how to store them properly to keep their deliciousness intact.
MAKE AHEAD: If you’d like to plan ahead or have a batch of cookies ready to bake whenever a craving strikes, you can prepare the cookie dough in advance.
Follow the recipe until you’ve formed the dough into cookie balls. Instead of baking them immediately, place the cookie balls on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or zip-top bag, and they can stay in the freezer for up to three months.
When you’re ready to enjoy, preheat your oven and bake the frozen dough balls as instructed, adding a few extra minutes to the baking time.
ON THE COUNTER: Store any leftovers of these chocolate orange cookies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to five days.
IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze the cookie dough for up to two months in a freezer bag or airtight container.
Allow the dough to thaw in the refrigerator overnight before scooping and baking.
Why We Love This Recipe
UNIQUE FLAVOR COMBINATION: These cookies offer a tasty twist on the classic chocolate chip cookie by introducing the refreshing and zesty flavor of fresh orange zest.
SIMPLE TO MAKE: With clear step-by-step instructions, you’ll have these cookies ready to enjoy in no time, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a novice in the kitchen.
AROMATIC: Baking these cookies fills your kitchen with a mouthwatering fragrance of citrus.
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
This great recipe can be frozen for up to two months either in the form of cookie dough or as baked cookies.
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.
These cookies can be stored on the counter for up to five days in an airtight container.
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Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
- 3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
- 1½ teaspoons cornstarch
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup salted sweet cream butter, room temperature
- 1¼ 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
- 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.
- 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.