Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies

Interesting. That’s what someone said about my site recently. I met her when I was out and about in town. “I like your site,” she said. I was beginning to feel good about the way the conversation was going until she added, “It’s interesting.” That’s a word you use when you don’t really know what else to say. I live in the midwest and although vegan and vegetarianism are on the rise here, it’s still not something people come into contact with every day. So I brushed aside her choice of words, choosing to focus on the positive side of what she said. But still this part of me that remained unsettled. So you know what I did? I made cookies. Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies. Now, that’s what I call interesting!

Orange Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies, a delicious vegan cookie that will keep you coming back for more!

Do you see a trend here? When I’m happy I bake cake. When I’m mildly unsettled I bake cookies. It’s almost as if when anything of note happens in my life, I head to the kitchen.

Dark Chocolate, orange zest, and delicious dough combine to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

I wasn’t always like this. In fact, I went through a period where I ignored the kitchen like a plague. Time spent there was a necessary evil. Go in at risk. Don’t worry about calling for reinforcements because I’ll be out quickly!

I relished more of a “strong woman” version of myself and in my mind, strong women didn’t spend time in the kitchen. It was too domestic.

Then one day I read a book, The Dance of the Dissident Daughter. I realized then that we’re sort of brainwashed to believe that strong and domestic are on opposite sides of a long pole. One can’t be the other.

Sue Monk Kidd was telling me, like she was telling all her readers, it’s important to embrace all of who you are; not to put aside something just because society may deem it to be less important; domestic; trivial even.

Orange zest, chocolate chips, and cookie dough sets the scene for this delicious day of baking.

When I dare to be powerful – to use my strength in the service of my vision – then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. — Audre Lorde

And that’s when something stirred in me. It’s not as if I read this book and ran straight into the kitchen. It’s just that I let myself awaken to my desire to create. Cooking, to me, is the ultimate in creativity.

Not all my creations/recipes are winners. But this recipe for Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies most definitely is.

Orange-zest infused chocolate chip cookie dough

Today I love spending time in the kitchen. I feel strong there; moving from pantry to platters. I feel creative there; stirring dough and zesting oranges. Like a painter with her palette mixing colors until she gets just the right hue.

I see where my new friend gets it. Using vinegar in a cookie recipe is…interesting. Oh well. As the Chinese proverb says, may we all live in interesting times!

5 from 1 vote
Dark Chocolate, orange zest, and delicious dough combine to make the perfect chocolate chip cookie!
Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
25 mins
You'll love these Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies, a vegan dessert that delivers amazing flavors and texture to the classic chocolate chip cookie!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32 Cookies
Calories: 172 kcal
Author: Namely Marly
  • 1 cup diary-free margarine
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 ¼ cup flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup Ghirardelli Mini Semi-sweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 cup regular chocolate chips dairy free
  1. Heat your oven to 350F.
  2. Combine margarine and sugars in a mixing bowl and mix on medium to medium-high speed until light. Fluffy may be too much to ask for, but light will do.
  3. Add the orange zest, coffee flavored liqueur (sub with 2 tablespoons of brewed coffee if you prefer not to use alcohol), flax meal, corn starch, water, and vinegar. Mix on medium speed until everything is well combined. Set aside to let the flavors get all infused with each other.
  4. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  5. Pour the flour mixture in with the orange margarine mixture and stir well. Add the chocolate chips and give it another stir.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto an ungreased cookie sheet, allowing at least two inches between each. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes or until the cookies get a nice, golden color to them.
  7. Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a minute before using a spatula to move the cookies to a wire rack to cool.
  8. Repeat until all the cookies are done. Or, you can refrigerate this dough for a few days and spread the baking out. That way you have freshly-made cookies all week long!
Nutrition Facts
Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 172 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 7g 11%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 91mg 4%
Potassium 19mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 17g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 5.9%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 1.9%
Iron 3.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

If you like these cookies, check out my Christmas Sprinkle Cookies or my Butterfinger Chocolate Chip Cookies. Whatever cookie you’re baking, enjoy!

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28 Responses to Orange-Infused Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Love the speckles of orange zest pepping through the cookies.. Orange and chocolate are such a great combination. Need to try these soon!!!

  2. Holy cow, these sound amazing. Pinning!!

  3. I love this, Marly! The orange is a great addition to chocolate chip cookies!

  4. Oh Marly! I love orange everything! These must be so wonderful!

  5. So glad you took the risk! Love the addition of orange! 🙂

  6. I don’t often see a recipe and immediately run to the kitchen to try it but that just happened. These are REALLY GOOD. Even with blood orange zest and some seriously ancient Tia Maria liqueur, because that’s what I happened to have on hand. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Chocolate and orange together are one of my favorite combos, these sound fabulous! (Definitely better than “interesting”!)

  8. I’ve started using vinegar as well! Sometimes the flavor comes through too strong, but if it’s in the right recipe it’s wonderful!

    • Yes – getting the proportions right is the most important part. Vinegar in cookies? Weird…but it works!

  9. Such a great idea! I love orange chocolate, can’t believe orange chocolate chip cookies aren’t already a thing. They are now!

    • I completely agree – why haven’t we had orange zest in chocolate chip cookies before? Oh well, better late than never!

  10. I love that these cookies are infused with orange zest. I find that chocolate and orange flavors actually go really well together (:

  11. I never thought about adding orange flavor to chocolate chip cookies, yum!

  12. What a clever idea! Chocolate and orange go so well together but I have never thought of trying it in a choc chip cookie. Will have to try it out.

  13. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter was an eye opener for me. I’m glad to hear what it meant to you. This recipe looks like a keeper and will make it when friends come to visit me
    xt weel

  14. I love this combination of chocolate and citrus! Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    • Thanks, Kelly! Sometimes I wonder if there’s anything that doesn’t taste great with chocolate. I’m sure I will find it someday…if I just keep searching!

  15. Truly amazing!

  16. Kerry Cloud-Pitt

    For goodness sake! I just took a batch of these cookies out of the oven and my house smells heavenly! My husband took a bite of a warm one and declared them “unreasonable”. 😉 No joke, these are the best chocolate chip cookies I have ever eaten. Thanks for rocking my world.

  17. Could you please tell me the benefit of vinegar in this recipe? and what can I use if I don’t have flaxseed?

  18. Not only this recipe looks delicious, it is nutritious also. This is the best part in baking cookies, you can put anything you want. Orange is a very delicious addition to this recipe with it’s tangy quality.

  19. I used to be the same way, I refused to learn how to cook and hated doing anything in the kitchen because it always made me feel too domestic. Now it’s the one place where I enjoy spending time the most. I have veganism and various feminist sources to thank for helping me discover something that’s become true passion.
    Orange and chocolate are one of my most favorite combos!

  20. Absolutly delicious! Thanks so much for this recipe. I made it without the coffee liquior because I didnt have any and it was still fantastic.

  21. Thes looks so delicious! I will try this recipe tonight… Yum yum!

  22. Yummo! Love chocolate & orange. Would there be a way to add orange juice to enhance the orange flavor even more? (Instead of the vinegar, the water, or the coffee for example?) Thought I’d ask before I try incase OJ would somehow ruin the cookie. =) Can’t wait to try!

    • It’s an interesting idea, Rachel. I think it would definitely be worth a try to replace the vinegar with orange juice. It should have the same impact and add a little more orange punch to the cookies. However, I must say, these are pretty orangey! Not over the top or anything, but it’s definitely there for the taking!


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