Reader’s Recipes: Orange Cream Chips

Reader’s Recipes: Orange Cream Chips ~ the classic holiday combination of chocolate and orange shines in these simple drop cookies!

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recipe box Hi all — welcome to my Reader’s Recipes series of holiday cookies. I’m going to be sharing YOUR family recipes here on Saturdays from now until the New Year. Thanks to all of you who’ve sent in recipes for me to try.

Today’s Orange Cream Chips were submitted by Dawn,  who lives in Tuscon Arizona. These cookies feature one of my favorite holiday flavor combos — orange and dark chocolate, so I had to give them a try. Dawn says “This is a recipe I acquired in college, 23 years ago. I used to baby and house-sit for a professor, and he and his wife gave me a batch of these cookies at Christmas one year as a thank you. I liked them so much I got the recipe and have been making them ever since. They aren’t too sweet, and the texture is wonderful. Everyone I’ve made them for loves them, and my daughter, who is now in college, loves them. In fact, she was just talking about how we need to make them for this year”

Reader's Recipes: orange cream chips

Flavoring baked goods like cakes and cookies with citrus is a challenge, but it can be done. In Dawn’s recipe there is orange juice concentrate, and zest, and while the orange flavor is subtle, it lingers on the palate due to the oils in the zest. Adding the dark chocolate makes this a sophisticated twist on a chocolate chip cookie, perfect for the holidays.

Orange Cream Chip Cookie recipe

I sprinkled the tops of the cookies with more zest just to hint at what’s to come. The anticipation is half the fun with these cookies — who could resist a combination of juicy citrus and deep chocolate? I’m not sure where the combo originated, but the two flavors make a happy holiday marriage.

Orange Cream Chocolate Chip Cookies

We used to get those foil wrapped chocolate oranges in our stockings, and I loved them, but  I think these cookies are even better, and you don’t have to worry about whether you’ve been naughty or nice.

Reader's Recipes: Orange Cream Chip holidays cookies

Thanks Dawn, the cookies are delicious and my kitchen smells amazing 🙂

Reader's Recipes: Orange Cream Chips ~ the classic holiday combination of chocolate and orange shines in these simple drop cookies! #orangecookies #orangechocolatechipcookies #holidaycookies #chocolateandorange #holidaybaking #cookies #dessert

notes ~

  • Have your ingredients at room temperature…the eggs, cream cheese, and butter, it will make a light, smooth batter without lumps.
  • I used the zest of a whole orange, which is a little more than the recipe calls for. You can also use as touch of pure orange extract if you want to emphasize the orange flavor.
  • Don’t try to use a box grater for zesting citrus fruit. Use a micro-plane, or rasp, it makes it much easier and you will get lots more zest. Grate off just the orange part, the white part is bitter.
  • 6 ounces of chocolate chips is approximately a heaping cup.

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Reader’s Recipes: Orange Cream Chips

Author Sue Moran


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp. orange juice concentrate
  • 1 tbsp. grated orange rind
  • 6 oz. chocolate chips I like to use dark chocolate


  • Set oven to 350F
  • Sift together flour and salt, set aside.
  • Cream together butter, cream cheese, and sugar. Beat eggs into sugar mixture, one at a time. Add orange juice concentrate and orange rind.
  • Slowly add flour mixture to sugar mixture, blend well. Mix in chocolate chips.
  • Drop dough on greased cookie sheets (about a teaspoon each). Cookies spread very little.
  • Bake for 12 minutes.
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    December 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    You mention raspberry when talking about the box grater. Please explain

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      December 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      A rasp is just another word for a microplane, Joni.

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    December 10, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    These look so great! Our family Christmas cookie is an orange sour cream cookie but I never would’ve thought putting chocolate in them. Yum!! Can’t wait to give them a try.

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    December 8, 2015 at 9:55 am

    I’ve never made anything quite like this before the the idea of dark chocolate and orange sounds irresistible, Sue!

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    December 6, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    We look forward to trying this recipe since we Love the orange and dark chocolate combo!
    Also, we want to thank you for your wonderful eBook! Love it!

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      December 7, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Thanks so much <3

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    December 6, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Going to try these, one question, for orange concentrate, are you referring to the frozen OJ? Thanks!

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      December 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm


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    December 6, 2015 at 10:05 am

    Chocolate and orange! Yummy! Who wouldn’t love such cookies!

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      December 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

      Thanks Medeja — my readers have really come through this year with some great recipes, I might have to make this an annual affair!

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    [email protected]'s+Recipes
    December 6, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Lovely holiday cookies, Sue. The combo of chocolate and orange is great.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    December 5, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Gorgeous holiday cookies, and I love that touch of cream cheese in the dough…it makes for one fabulous cookie!

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 5, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Love these cookies, as chocolate and orange is one of my favourite flavour combinations. I’ll be trying these!

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    December 5, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I am also a fan of dark chocolate and orange. The cookie texture look great – I bet they are delicious!

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    December 5, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I will definitely try this recipe. It sounds, and the photos look, truly delicious! Thanks!

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 5, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I too love the orange chocolate flavor combo but I’ve never done it with cookies. What a great idea!

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    Jen Stone
    December 5, 2015 at 9:04 am

    This is such a great idea! I never liked those chocolate oranges but this is right up my alley, I will have to try these out.

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