These Terry's Chocolate Orange Cookies are made with both dark and original Terry’s chocolate oranges, so they are double the chocolate. Shaped like a chocolate orange wedge, they are the ideal holiday cookies for the chocolate orange lover!
I created this chocolate orange cookie recipe as a Christmas cookie for my husband several years ago (around 2012) and am finally getting to posting them! They were inspired by my husband's love of chocolate oranges. They are popular during the holidays, make for a fun baking project, and are perfect for holiday cookie exchanges! And they are as well-loved as my other Christmas cookie staples: Raspberry Jam Cookies, 4 ingredient Whipped Shortbread Cookies and Gingerbread Yule Log Cookies.
Every year on Christmas morning, I'd wake up to a stocking full of treats, presents, and a mandarin orange in the toe; it was tradition. When I started dating my husband and would spend Christmas time with his family, I was surprised to see that they got chocolate oranges in the toe of their stockings. What were my parents thinking? I could have had chocolate instead of fruit all of those years?
When we had children of our own, of course, we put chocolate oranges in their stockings. The funny thing is, personally, I never really cared for chocolate orange. But as a kid, I would have taken it over fruit any day. Hey, it's chocolate!
The chocolate oranges, orange extract, and orange zest give this cookie a really great orange flavor! For this chocolate orange cookie recipe, you'll also need:
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1 ½ cups brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 ½ teaspoon orange zest
- 2 tsp orange extract
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 whole Terry’s dark chocolate orange
- 1 whole Terry’s milk chocolate orange
These chocolate oranges are easy to make and you don't need any special tools. I simply use a basic butter knife to cut them and etch the little decorations on them.
Prep: Preheat oven to 370 degrees F ( (187 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whack chocolate orange and unwrap, separating into segments.
Finely chop both chocolate oranges into small pieces.
Add dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed.
Add wet ingredients (eggs, sour cream, orange and vanilla extracts, and orange zest).
Beat wet ingredients together with an electric mixer until blended (about 30 seconds)
Mix dry ingredients into with wet ingredients with a wooden spoon until completely combined. *Stir in as much flour as you can with a spoon, but you may need to get in there with your hands to really mix it in
Fold in chocolate pieces (from both chocolate oranges)
Roll cookie dough into a 1-inch round balls.
Then flatten the cookie dough balls with the palm of your hand.
*If you don't feel like making wedges, just continue on making the large, flat circles and then proceed to baking instructions below
Cut each cookie in half with a knife
On the straight end of the cookie, use a knife to flatten and thin the edge, so that it is more like a wedge * You don't have to do this, but it makes the cookies look more like orange wedges
With the dull end of the knife, etch little lines/nicks/small cuts in the wedge cookies to look like the inside of an orange (use the chocolate orange segments as a guide).
Then use a butter knife to make an outline around the half-circle outer edge of the cookies
Place cookies on a parchment-covered baking sheet, spaced ½ - 1 inch apart
Bake for 7 minutes in preheated oven
*If making whole cookies, bake for 8 minutes
It will be hard to tell if the cookies are lightly browned, so they should look like this when turned over.
The cookies should look like this on the inside (cooked with melty bits of chocolate).
Move cookies to a wire rack until completely cooled.
These cookies are perfect served with a cup of coffee or milk!
Hint: This recipe makes A LOT of cookies, so if at any point you get tired of making the wedges, just switch to making the whole, round cookies. You can also freeze the dough (see Top Tip)
📖Variations & Substitutions
- Terry's Chocolate Orange -you could use all regular or all dark Terry's chocolate oranges, if you prefer.
- Sugar - you can substitute white sugar for brown sugar, but it will slightly alter the taste.
- Cookie shape - you can make them round instead of wedge-shaped, if you wish.
- Kid- friendly baking - use a plastic knife if you are baking with young kids
For these double chocolate orange cookies, you'll need baking sheets, an electric mixer, (either a hand mixer or stand mixer) a cutting board, a sharp knife, a zester, a wire cooking rack, and trivets. I love my silicone trivets, in the photo below, (affiliate links) because they are so much easier to clean than fabric or cork! They are also dishwasher safe, non-slip, heat resistant to 600˚F, come in rectangular and circular, and are made with BPA-free stain-resistant silicone.
A cookie scoop comes in handy for making uniform-sized cookies. This OXO cookie scoop (affiliate links) was rated the best by Bon appetit. You can read about why it's the best cookie scoop in this Bon Appetit article.
*If you are doing this activity with small kids, use disposable plastic knives
Store these orange chocolate cookies at room temperature for up to 4 days. They can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. The dough can also be stored in the fridge overnight; wrap dough in plastic wrap (if you want to make the dough a day in advance.)
👪 Serving Size
This recipe makes 80 cookies! However, if you don't cut them, it will make 40. You can also half, double or triple the recipe by clicking on the blue serving number and selecting the number of servings you'd like. The ingredient quantities will automatically adjust.
This recipe makes a lot of cookies (80), but you can easily freeze some of the dough in an airtight container or Ziploc freezer bag for up to 3 months. Just be sure to defrost it in the fridge, then bring it to room temperature before making cookies.
You can also freeze the dough in individual portions (1-inch cookie balls). Just be sure to freeze them, spaced ½ inch apart on cookie sheets, before moving them to a container or Ziploc bag (for up to 3 months). Again, you'll need to bring the dough to room temperature prior to flattening, decorating, and baking.
So, if you are looking for a fun and festive chocolate orange cookie, you'll love this one
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📋 Terry’s Chocolate Orange Cookies recipe
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- Preheat oven to 370 degrees F (187 degrees C) Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Whack chocolate orange and unwrap, separating into segments.Finely chop both chocolate oranges into small pieces.Set aside
- Add dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with electric mixer on medium speed.
- Add wet ingredients (eggs, sour cream, orange and vanilla extracts, and orange zest).
- Beat wet ingredients together with an electric mixer until blended (about 30 seconds)
- Mix dry ingredients into with wet ingredients with a wooden spoon until completely combined and it forms a stiff dough. *You may need to get in there with your hands to mix it
- Fold in chocolate pieces (from both chocolate oranges)
- Roll cookie dough into a 1-inch round balls.Then flatten the cookie dough balls with the palm of your hand.*If you don't feel like making wedges, just continue on making the large, flat circles and then proceed to baking instructions below
- Cut each round, flat cookie in half with a knife
- On the straight end of the cookie, use a knife to flatten and thin the edge, so that it is more like a wedge * You don't have to do this, but it makes the cookies look more like orange wedges
- With the dull end of the knife, etch little lines/nicks/small cuts in the wedge cookies to look like the inside of an orange (use the orange as a guide).
- Then use a butter knife to make an outline around the half-circle outer edge of the cookies
- Place cookies on a parchment-covered baking sheet, spaced ½ - 1 inch apart
- Bake cookies for 7 minutes in preheated oven.
- They will look like this when done.
- And when you split them in half, they will look baked, but with some melty chocolate
- Move cookies to a wire rack until completely cooled.
- These cookies are perfect served with a cup of coffee or milk!
For whole cookies:
- Bake cookies for an additional minute (8 minutes),
- They will look like this when done.