Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

I don’t know about you but I hate it when you look up a recipe and the author has rambled on about the origins of the food and their holiday to The Maldives when all you wanted to know was how to make the thing. I was craving “Terry’s Chocolate Orange” yesterday but didn’t have any so I created a batch of chocolate chip orange cookies instead with ingredients I had in the cupboard. The best part is that they only take 25-30 minutes to make. They 100% satisfied my needs and I hope you love them too!



  • 150g of caster sugar
  • 125g of butter
  • 1 egg
  • 25g of cocoa powder
  • 175g of self raising flour
  • 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 1tsp of valencian orange extract or you could grate the zest of an orange
  • 100g of dark chocolate chips


  1. Preheat your oven to 180C and grease 2 baking trays
  2. Whisk together the sugar, butter, egg and orange essence/zest until creamy – electric whisk works much better than a wooden spoon if you’ve got one
  3. Add sifted cocoa powder, flour and bicarbonate of soda into the bowl and mix until the cookie dough is made. It should look like a thick, dark brown paste.
  4. Now it’s time to fold in the chocolate chips. You could add candied orange peel or chopped nuts here if you wanted to.
  5. Spoon the mixture onto trays. Remember that cookies spread out a lot during the cooking process so leave sufficient space for them to move. I put six dough balls on each tray.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes depending on how gooey you’d like them to be. They will harden up after cooking so don’t be scared if they are a little soft and aerated to touch when you take them out. You can always put them back in if you’re not satisfied.
  7. Leave to cool for a bit until they are ready to eat. Perfect with a cup of coffee or even better, ice cream.

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