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Easy Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Buttery and full of citrus flavor these easy orange chocolate chip cookies are ideal for winter and holiday buffets.

Orange chocolate chip cookies on a plate with text overlay.

The bits of colorful orange bits in white cookies dotted with chocolate give a rather simple cookie a delightful appearance along with their tastiness.

Make double or triple batches of these small, rich, and flavorful cookies for cookie exchanges and for mailing in care packages.

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Zest for Flavor

All of the orange flavor in these cookies come from the zest of an orange. A generous Tablespoon of freshly grated orange zest is a good start. Go for more if you want an even bigger hit of orange flavor.

One could easily substitute tangerine, lemon, lime, or grapefruit zest for a different but no less lovely taste.

3 orange chocolate chip cookies on a plate with napkin and glass of milk.

Do use freshly grated zest for the most intense flavor. Also cream it well with the sugar and butter. It seems that beating helps it release more of the oils that give everything lots of flavor.

Chocolate Choices

Use whatever is your favorite. Dark, milk, white, etc. Chop it into smallish chunks to keep the final cookies small.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips work perfectly. And are likely to be more easily on hand for many bakers. Mini chocolate chips would be especially delightful.

Small in Size but Rich

These are a rich cookie. Keep them small because of their richness. I’m generally a big fan of large cookies but in this case small works better.

Close-up of an orange chocolate chip cookie on a plate with text overlay.

Optional Decorating

These cookies are simple and perfect just as baked. However, if you want to make them a bit fancier for a holiday buffet or guests, you have options:

  • Drizzle melted chocolate over the tops
  • Dip half the cookie in melted chocolate and top with a small piece of candied orange peel
  • Dust with powdered sugar just before serving
Yield: 40 Cookies

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

Close up of orange chocolate chip cookie on a white plate.

These lightly orange flavored cookies loaded with chocolate chips are perfect for highlighting winter citrus while also pleasing the chocolate lover in your life.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1/2 Cup Salted Butter, softened
  • 3 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Tablespoon Grated Orange Zest
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Unbleached, All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips 


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats.
  3. Cream together the cream cheese, butter, sugar, and orange zest until light and fluffy.
  4. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the flour and mix well. Fold in the chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheet.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until edges brown slightly.
  8. Remove from sheets to cool completely on wire racks.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cookie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 72Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 27mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 1g

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Tuesday 10th of December 2019

Orange and chocolate is one of my favorite flavor combinations, so I could definitely go for one of these cookies right now!


Sunday 8th of December 2019

Chocolate and orange is such a fantastic flavor combination! I love these cookies! They were so delicious!


Thursday 5th of December 2019

Orange and chocolate are so perfect together! These cookies look like they have a great texture. And they would be so lovely for cookie exchanges or care packages!

Lauren Schmidt

Thursday 5th of December 2019

I love the orange chocolate combination! I could see myself using extra orange zest! Great recipe!


Tuesday 3rd of December 2019

Orange and Chocolate is the best combination especially for the holidays! I've never used cream cheese in cookies before, does this add extra moisture?

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