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Salted Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies are decadent and delicious, with bursts of bright orange flavor and rich dark chocolate goodness. They’re topped with flaky salt for a combination that will tantalize your taste buds.

Salted dark chocolate cookies on a cooling rack with sliced oranges and chocolate garnish.

Chocolate Orange Cookies

Cookies are one of those desserts that are good for any occasion. This cookie is one of those recipes that is perfect year-round, in my opinion. You can never EVER go wrong with chocolate (right) and the orange flavor is bright for summer or spring, a beautiful color in the fall, and oranges are a winter fruit and wonderful around the holiday!

A little magic happens when chocolate meets orange. It is such an intriguing flavor combination, but just really works well. That is why this is one of my favorite cookies.

It has a shortbread-ish vibe in texture, and then you bite and get a soft, creamy, rich dark chocolate and little bits of orange zest that wake up the palette. These are a must-try! Absolutely heavenly!

An up-close of a dark chocolate orange cookie.

How to make Salted Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies

Tips and Tricks for Cookie Recipe Success:

  • Start with a good quality dark or semi-sweet chocolate or dark orange chocolate for this recipe. I used a combination bar – Lindt Intense Orange, but you may like to use a Semi-Sweet Baking Bar or even Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips if you do not want to worry about chopping up your chocolate. However, I think it is totally worth it.
  • Scoop the batter with a cookie scoop or a 2-tablespoon measuring spoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Cool cookies on a baking rack and then dip them in the glaze.
  • Add zest to the glaze to top it off with a bright taste and color. If you want more orange color in the glaze, add some orange paste food coloring.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings, more zest, and flaky sea salt while the glaze is still wet for a beautiful cookie. Once it sets, it will not stick to the cookie.
  • Don’t skip that sprinkle of coarse or flaky salt! It compliments the dark chocolate so well!
An up-close of salted dark chocolate cookies on a cooling rack with sliced oranges and chocolate garnish.

Can I Make ahead or Freeze these Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies Cookies?

  • Refrigerate Dough – You can make the dough ahead of time, wrap it well, and refrigerate it for up to three days. Take it out and let it come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before baking.
  • Freeze Dough – You may form them into balls and flash freeze them by placing them on a cookie sheet and freezing them for about 15 minutes so they don’t stick together. Then, place in an airtight container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
    • I like to label the freezer bag with the names of the cookies and baking instructions. Like, bake at 350 for 14 minutes.

Now let’s grab a bite of this Salted Dark Chocolate ORANGE Cookie

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Salted Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 14 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 24 Cookies
Author: Nikki Lee
Salted Dark Chocolate Orange Cookies are decadent and delicious with bursts of bright orange flavor and rich dark chocolate goodness topped with flaky salt for a combination that tantalize your taste buds.
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Ingredients 

Dark Chocolate and Orange Cookies

  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 ½ sticks butter, room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp orange liqueur or orange juice
  • 7 to 8 ounces of dark chocolate bars, 2 bars or you can use dark chocolate chips

Orange Glaze

  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 3 to 4 tbsp orange liqueur or orange juice, to desired consistency
  • 1 tbsp butter, melted
  • orange zest to taste, I use 1 to 2 oranges depending on size
  • flake sea salt, to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a medium mixing bowl mix together flour, baking powder and salt.
  • In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl with an electric mixer, beat butter until light in color and airy. Add in sugar mix until smooth. Next add in egg, orange zest, orange liqueur or orange juice, and mix until fluffy and combined.
  • Add in dry ingredients slowly and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  • Stri in dark chocolate until combined.
  • Using a cookie or 2 tbsp measure scoop, place cookie dough onto parchment paper on a cookie sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until edges are just lightly golden.
  • Cool on a cooling rack.
  • In a small bowl mix powdered sugar, orange liqueur or orange juice, butter, and orange zest until smooth. Dip tops of cookies into glaze and let dry on cooling rack.
  • Garnish with chocolate shavings, more orange zest, and flaky sea salt while the glaze is still wet for a beautiful cookie.

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Nutrition Information

Serving: 1Cookie Calories: 565kcal (28%)

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Soulfully Made is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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19 Comments

  1. Just a little note; there is liqueur in the ingredients for the cookie dough but it does not appear in the instructions for when to add.

    1. It goes in when you add the zest. Thanks you so much for letting me know, I have corrected the recipe card.

  2. I cannot make these fast enough!! I have a SERIOUS love affair with all things chocolate orange – such an under rated flavor combo! I think these will be PERFECT on my holiday trays! (if they last that long! 😉 )

  3. My mom always gave us those chocolate oranges in our stockings and I loved them but thought they were a little sweet for my taste. These cookies bring me back to my childhood but make me still feel adult!

  4. I’m a sucker for everything dark chocolate and orange related… so these cookies are calling out my name! What a gorgeous cookie to make for this swap!

  5. Oh my!!! Nikki thank you so much for all your sweet words! I love this cookie too! Such a great combo of flavors. Your gorgeous photos make me want to make a batch right now!! I am so happy to have you join us for these super fun recipe swaps!

    1. Thank you for such a delicious recipe to share! The cookies were a big hit with my family! I am so thrilled to be joining in on the recipe swap! I am honored to be included with such a wonderful group of amazing cooks!

  6. Oh! I must make these cookies — and soon! I love the combination of chocolate and orange and the added sea salt…oh, my goodness!