Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

This Best Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe creates a delicious cookie infused with orange. Chocolate orange cookies combine the best flavors in one sweet cookie recipe! Enjoy this orange cookie recipe made without eggs or dairy, and one of the most flavorful, tender cookies ever!

A stack of orange chocolate chip cookies sits next to a bowl of cookie dough.

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.

Baking is like a refuge of creativity. I love it!

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.

That means these orange chocolate cookies are more like therapy than dessert.

A stack of three chocolate chip cookies on a wooden table.

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Vegan butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Orange
  • Coffee-flavored liqueur
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Flour
  • Baking soda + baking powder
  • Salt
  • Dairy-free chocolate chips

How to Make Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Here are the steps to make this delicious orange cookie recipe:

Step One: Cream Together the Butter and the Sugar

Place the vegan butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and beat on medium speed for 1 – 2 minutes, until light and fluffy. I love this article on the reasons why creaming the butter and sugar together is the best first step.

Step Two: Add Remaining Wet Ingredients

Add the following ingredients: orange zest, liquor, ground flaxseed, cornstarch, water, and apple cider vinegar. Use the mixer to combine these ingredients. Set aside.

Note: I’m using orange zest in this orange peel cookies recipe. However, if you don’t have oranges handy, you can make these into orange extract cookies by substituting 1/2 teaspoon orange extract for the orange zest.

Step Three: Combine the Dry Ingredients

In a separate bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Step Four: Mix it All Together

Pour the flour ingredients along with the chocolate chips in with the butter mixture and stir until just combined.

Step Five: Drop and Bake

Drop the orange zest cookies dough by rounded spoonful (I used a cookie dough scoop) on a cookie sheet lined with silpat or parchment paper. Be sure to leave around 2 inches between each cookie dough ball to allow for spreading as the cookies bake.

Bake orange zest chocolate chip cookies for 10 – 12 minutes, until the edges are golden brown. Remove from oven and allow them to sit on the pan for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

Looking down on a zester sitting next to a bowl of chocolate chips, cookie dough, and baked cookies.
Choc Orange Cookies are made with fresh orange zest!

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

This recipe for orange dark chocolate chocolate cookies is so good, even the dough is irresistible!

A close-up of cookie dough in a bowl.
This orange chocolate chips cookie dough shows flecks of orange zest!

More Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sure, you love these chocolate chip orange cookies! But if you want more delicious cookie recipes, be sure to give these a spin:

A stack of three orange chocolate chip cookies.

Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

You’ll love these Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies, a vegan dessert that delivers amazing flavors and texture to the classic chocolate chip cookie!
5 from 2 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 36 cookies
Calories: 144kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup vegan butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • zest of one orange
  • 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 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 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Line two cookie sheets with silpat or parchment paper.
  • Combine butter and sugars in a mixing bowl and mix on medium to medium-high speed until light.
  • Add the orange zest, coffee flavored liqueur (sub with 1 tablespoon of vanilla if you prefer not to use alcohol), flax meal, cornstarch, water, and vinegar. Mix on medium speed until well combined.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Pour the flour mixture in with the orange butter mixture and stir well. Add the chocolate chips and give it another stir.
  • Drop by rounded spoonful onto prepared cookie sheets, allowing at least two inches between them. Bake for 10 – 12 minutes or until the cookies get a nice, golden color to them.
  • Remove from the oven and allow them to cool for a minute before using a spatula to transfer them to a wire rack to cool.
  • Repeat until all the dough is used. 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!

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Nutrition Facts
Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 144 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 128mg5%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

It’s important to love the cookies you’re eating. So, whatever, cookie you’re baking, enjoy!

28 Responses to Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMr. & Mrs. P Reply

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

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLizz Clements Reply

    Holy cow, these sound amazing. Pinning!!

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCassie | Bake Your Day Reply

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

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAngie Reply

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

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySommer @ ASpicyPerspective Reply

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

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAshley Reply

    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. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyBrenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Reply

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

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAbby @ The Frosted Vegan Reply

    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!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

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

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlayna @ Thyme Bombe Reply

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

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

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

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMonica Reply

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

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMiss @ Miss in the Kitchen Reply

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

  12. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKayleneP Reply

    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. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAudrey Reply

    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

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Kindred spirits!

  14. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKelly Senyei | Just a Taste Reply

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

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      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. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJulia Reply

    Truly amazing!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Ahh, thanks, Julia!

  16. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKerry Cloud-Pitt Reply

    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. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyshar Reply

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

  18. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJosie Cunningham Reply

    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. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMaggie Muggins Reply

    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. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlykaleigh Reply

    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. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySam Chao (Scrumptious easy recipes) Reply

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

  22. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyrachel Reply

    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!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      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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