Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

December 13, 2013

Apparently I decided Wednesday was a Kelly holiday and took the day off from posting. Oopsies! While I normally post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I really feel no obligation to keep to a schedule — especially with all of the holiday obligations this time of year.  Anyone else like that? Am I just a lazy blogger?


If we’re being fair, I even had a recipe ready for Wednesday.  It’s not this one, though. I made these cookies to bring to work on Thursday and they were just too delicious to not post.  The chocolate/orange combo isn’t anything new or innovative.  In fact, I decided on these cookies solely because Target was out of those foil wrapped chocolate oranges (Love those!).  If you wanted to make these unbelievably delicious mind bogglingly amazing, chop up one of those to use instead of chocolate chips 😉


These cookies are based off of my lemon sprinkle cookies, so I knew they’d be good before I even tried them.  I made a few swaps, added a glaze, and then have to force myself not to eat all of them in one night.  Make sure you have a lot of will power if you’re going to make these, if not: at least they’re pretty healthy?  There’s fruit and whole grains at least, and I say that makes them good for you.

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Serves: 18

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, butter, or margarine – melted
  • ½ c sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 ½ c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 (up to 4) tbsp unsweetened almond milk (or other milk choice)
  • ½ c chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp. orange juice (for glaze)
  • ½ tsp orange zest (for glaze)
  • ⅓ c powdered sugar (for glaze)

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare two baking sheets with nonstick spray or parchment paper.
  2. Combine melted oil/butter, sugar, vanilla, orange juice, and orange zest until well combined.
  3. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until combined, then add the milk (start with 3, increase to 4 tbsp. if necessary). Stir until almost combined, then add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
  4. Roll dough into balls and place on prepared sheets. Bake for approximately 8 – 10 minutes.
  5. Let cool for 5 minutes before removing from baking sheets.
  6. Meanwhile, combine the remaining orange juice, zest, and powdered sugar to make a glaze. Drizzle onto cooled cookies.

It’s important to add the milk after the flour to prevent curdling.
For a vegan cookie: opt for coconut oil or vegan margarine and a plant based milk. Make sure the chocolate chips don’t contain dairy (I like Ghirardelli semi sweet chocolate)

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cookie Calories: 100 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 12 Fiber: 1 Protein: 2

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner Dec 19, 2013

    I’m the same as you…blog Mon, Wed, Fri, but with the holidays I’ve been a bit relaxed. Hey, it’s your blog and you can do whatever you want, even on random April week. 🙂
    I love how you added orange flavor to a traditional chocolate chip cookie! Chocolate and orange are an awesome combo. 🙂

      Kelly Dec 19, 2013

      Tina – I figure most people use some sort of feed to follow blogs now, right? Just wouldn’t want someone to think I was MIA and stop checking in 🙂 Glad I’m not the only one!

    marcie@flavorthemoments Dec 18, 2013

    I love the added orange with the chocolate chips! These sound so delicious, Kelly. 🙂

    caileejoy Dec 17, 2013

    YUM!! THese look so delicious!! What a great idea to mix chocolate and orange!!

    ashley Dec 16, 2013

    These are awesome!!! I love the orange glaze!

    makingthymeforhealth Dec 15, 2013

    I have felt like taking a holiday from the blog too. I think it’s excusable this time of year!

    These cookies look freakin’ amazing. I love a nice thick cookie and can’t believe they are vegan!

    Erin @ The Speckled Palate Dec 15, 2013

    First and foremost, NOPE. You’re not a lazy blogger. Like you, I try to post three days a week, and sometimes, especially closer to the holidays, it gets more challenging because life is NUTS. Ya know? We’ve gotta give ourselves a break, I figure, and if I don’t schedule out posts this time of year, I won’t be sharing anything because the day-to-day grind just gets so hectic.

    Second, yUM. I mean, c’mon, Kelly. These sound awesome and like a great holiday treat… and then the combo of chocolate and orange is hard to beat. Definitely saving these for some future baking adventures because I’m a sucker for things like these. Thanks for sharing!

    Joanne Dec 14, 2013

    Citrus and chocolate were meant to be!! And it’s the holidays so you totally deserve a day off!

    Em @ Love A Latte Dec 13, 2013

    I bought orange juice this week which is strange for me, but perfect that I did! I love the orange/chocolate combo!!!

    Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily Dec 13, 2013

    Chocolate and orange are a killer combo! These would be lovely on our Christmas cookie platter.

    Christine @ 24 Carrot Kitchen Dec 13, 2013

    These look delicious!

    This month has been so busy and I bet it is for everyone. I am in awe that you have done so many posts! So, don’t worry about that. 🙂