Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 11 mins

This recipe originally called for lemon in place of the orange but orange and chocolate translates to Christmas for me. Found the original in The Washington Post who attributed the Ghirardelli Chocolate Cookbook. In homage, consider using Ghirardelli chocolate for this recipe. Whatever chocolate you use, use block chocolate, not morsels. ****dough needs 30 to 60 minute minimum chill in the fridge (good for making the day before)**** These turned out to be the star on the Christmas platters. Several folks would not believe these were not purchased! They are that good with bittersweet chocolate & about 3+ teaspoons orange zest. Will make next with tangerine zest!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. For the dough: Combine the confectioners' sugar and butter in the large bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held mixer; beat on medium speed for 3 to 4 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the egg, lemon zest, and lemon and vanilla extracts.
  2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt on a sheet of wax paper. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the dry ingredients, mixing just until combined. Use well-floured hands to form the dough into a compact log 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  4. Carefully cut the dough into 1/4-inch-thick slices, turning the log slightly every few cuts to ensure even, round slices. Place the rounds 1 inch apart on the baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until the cookie edges are golden. Cool for 1 minute on the sheets, then transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool completely. Keep the parchment paper on the baking sheets.
  5. While the cookies are cooling, make the glaze: Melt the chocolate in a small metal bowl suspended over a saucepan of very hot water over medium heat, stirring occasionally until smooth. Add the melted butter and continue stirring to mix well. Remove from the heat.
  6. Place a wire rack on one of the parchment-paper-lined baking sheets. Holding each cookie vertically, dip it halfway into the melted chocolate mixture. Place the cookie on the rack and repeat with the remaining cookies and chocolate. Let the cookies set for 45 to 60 minutes, until the chocolate is firm, before storing.


Most Helpful

This is a very nice cookie recipe. I love the flavor from the orange zest! Because of the printing issues with I didn't include the introduction for the recipe and used chocolate chips instead of block chocolate when making this. Next time I'll use Ghiradelli chocolate as suggested. I also used a gluten free all-purpose flour which, happily, worked out just fine. Made for Kittencalskitchen's 24 Days of Cookies.

Dreamer in Ontario December 21, 2010

I made this using lemon zest (about 2 tablespoons) and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, they turned out beautiful and so good, thanks for sharing Buster's friend, this was made for Kittencalskitchen forum cookie tag game

Kittencal@recipezazz December 09, 2010

I made these and forgot about them after putting them in the fridge. # days later hubby asks how cold do they have to be before we can try them lol I know he was just being a smartie pants. I got 32 cookies from 1 roll. I had semi sweet chocolate and heated up as explained and rather than dip I brushed the chocolate on. They were really good not sweet. Thank you for posting

bigbadbrenda January 07, 2010

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