Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

Making “normal” desserts is a common default for many bakers. The fundamentals, of course: vanilla cupcakes, chocolate cupcakes, simple cheesecake and cookies with milk chocolate chips are always a tasty treat. 

Don’t get us wrong, everyone enjoys them, but if you want to develop original, unique, and tasty recipes, you can’t really keep making the same ones.

So, we can give those time-tested classics a new spin. The greatest soft and delicious chocolate chip cookies in this instance are elevated to a new flavour level by an orange flavor.

Combining orange flavor and chocolate in a cookie makes perfect sense because they are two traditional flavour pairings. The acid in the orange balances out the chocolate’s richness. Together, they work wonderfully.

And the flavour is definitely discernible. These chocolate chip cookies with orange taste are exactly what they claim to be: cookies with chocolate and citrus flavours.

Who doesn’t love a soft, gooey chocolate chip cookie with orange zest? So naturally, we will go ahead and start baking the best of the greatest soft and chewy cookies.

A wonderful modernization of a classic are these orange chocolate chip cookies. They’re going to win you over!

This article will discuss how to make perfect chocolate chip orange cookies which will be a hit for your family or friends.

Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies’ Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter that has been melted: we love using melted butter to create cookies!
  • Sugar: To get the cookies soft and chewy, use both granulated sugar as well as light brown sugar.
  • Large eggs: Buy the appropriate size eggs.
  • Vanilla extract: We adore vanilla extract’s flavour!
  • Orange extract: This really is crucial to imparting the flavour of orange!
  • Orange zest: The flavour is all in the zest! Don’t pass it by!
  • Salt and baking soda: Cookies typically contain salt and baking soda.
  • All purpose flour: Make sure you accurately measure it
  • Chocolate chips: Orange and chocolate work so great together, especially semi-sweet chocolate chips!

How To Prepare Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

  1. Use only the orange portions to zest the orange.
  2. In a big basin, pour the melted butter. Stir in the brown sugar and granulated sugar until well combined.
  3. Egg, salt, extracts, baking soda, and zest should all be combined.
  4. Stir in the flour gradually.
  5. Mix the chocolate chunks together gradually.
  6. Use parchment paper or a silicon baking sheet to line a cookie sheet. To make the dough balls, spoon two tablespoons of the dough. The dough should be chilled for around two hours after being placed on the sheet pan and covered with plastic wrap.
  7. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a secondary cookie sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 
  8. Place the cooled cookie dough balls on the pre-prepared cookie sheets two inches apart after removing them from the refrigerator.
  9. The cookies should be baked for eleven to fifteen minutes, or until the tops of the cookies are no longer shiny and the edges are gently golden. Before removing the cookies from the pan, let them cool for a minimum of ten minutes.

Expert Advice

Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

For the best results, measure your ingredients using a kitchen scale. If you don’t have one, make sure to measure your flour with your cup using the spoon with a level method. By doing this, you can avoid adding too much flour.

Mixing: When adding the flour, stir just long enough to incorporate it into the mixture and create a homogenous dough. Your cookies’ texture will alter if you overmix them.

We prefer milk or semi-sweet chocolate, but dark chocolate chips can be used to produce dark chocolate orange biscuits.

Chilling: Don’t forget to chill! Although waiting is difficult, your cookies will appreciate it. The butter is firmed up by the cooling, giving your cookies the ideal texture.

How Should Chocolate Chip Cookies Be Stored?

Cookies with chocolate chips should be kept at room temperature in an airtight container.

Can Cookies Be Frozen?

Yes!  The chewy chocolate chip cookies will store nicely inside your freezer for at least two months if you put them in a freezer bag or container.

Is Orange Extract Required?

Because orange extract is shelf-stable, we like to use it when we want to bake cookies so that we don’t have to go out and buy oranges. However, you can substitute orange juice for the extract if required.

Why Do Cookies Go Flat?

Before baking, cool the dough to solidify the butter for the greatest chocolate chip cookies.

Does The Cookie Dough Need To Be Chilled?

The dough should be chilled for the greatest chocolate chip orange cookies. If you don’t, the

butter will expand too much and the cookies will go flat.

How To Tell When Your Cookies Are Ready

When baking cookies, every minute counts, so be careful to set the kitchen timer for the lowest amount of time. Open the oven when the timer goes off and check the firmness of your cookies. 

You can also check to see whether their colour has somewhat changed, but not significantly enough to qualify as burnt. Take out your baked cookies, let them cool, and then indulge in a satisfying treat.

Look out for golden edges –  The colour of cookies made with light dough will vary as they bake. While the borders may become more deep gold or light brown, the centre may still be a lovely golden colour. 

To avoid burning the cookies, take them out of the oven before the sides turn dark brown. Keep an eye out for the crumb topping to brown. 

Check to see whether the colour of any sugar you used to top your cookies has altered. The topping ought to seem golden in colour.

The topping on your cookies could burn or turn dark brown if you leave them in the oven for too long. Make sure to let them cool completely before enjoying.

Final Thoughts

With plenty of chocolate chips and a smooth and crunchy cookie, as well as a dash of delicious orange flavour, these perfect chocolate chip cookies are the ideal treat.

It doesn’t get much simpler than utilising ingredients from your cupboard and fresh orange zest to make this recipe.

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Kathryn Sewell

Hi! I'm Kate and I have been baking and cooking for as long as I can remember. I like to share the most interesting tips and recipes I try here on What Kate Baked for you to enjoy. If you have a favorite recipe you'd like to share send it over on social.

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