Chocolate Orange Cookies made with Terry’s chocolate orange make for the PERFECT holiday cookie!

Double chocolate orange cookies surrounded by fresh orange wedges and mini chocolate chips.

If you love the iconic chocolate + orange combo then these cookies are your spirit food.

We use a full Terry’s chocolate orange to make these insanely delicious cookies. These orange chocolate cookies are soft, thick, and FUDGY!

A plate loaded with chocolate orange cookies; the top cooking having a bite taken out of it.

Chocolate Orange Cookies

To make these chocolate orange cookies you’ll need orange chocolate. Or a Terry’s Chocolate Orange. I used a milk chocolate orange, but you can use the dark chocolate orange if you’d like.

Roughy chop the orange into bite size chunks.

A Terry's chocolate orange cut into chunks on a white cutting board.

Next, you’ll need to make the cookie dough.

Combine cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a hand mixer. Beat the cream cheese and sugar for 1-2 minutes on medium speed.

Pro tip: A quick way to softened cream cheese is to unwrap the cream cheese and place it in a bowl in the microwave for 15-20 seconds.

A glass bowl of a kitchen aid full of chocolate orange cookie dough.

Take note that this cookie dough is THICK! It’s incredibly delicious too. If you take a bite of the dough you’ll be hooked. I ate at least 1 cookies worth in cookie dough alone.

When you bake these cookies they won’t spread much, the reason why is because we used cream cheese rather than butter. What does this mean? Why does it matter?

The bonds between cream cheese particles are much stronger than that of butter. If you prefer a flatter cookie you can substitute some butter for the cream cheese. Butter has a much lower melting point and melts around 90°F and will help produce a much flatter and more traditional cookie.

A close up photograph of double chocolate orange cookies in dough balls, prior to baking.

Once you’ve made the dough, scoop them into 2 tablespoon sized balls and place them on a baking sheet.

Bake the cookies for 9-12 minutes.

Not only do these cookies resemble brownies because of their sweet and fudgy chocolate flavor, but if you over bake these cookies they’ll be dry.

When removing the cookies from the oven look for a cookie that has SET, but appears a tad doughy. Let the cookies sit on the baking sheet for 3-5 minutes and then transfer them to a cooling rack to cool COMPLETELY.

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Double chocolate orange cookies surrounded by fresh orange wedges and mini chocolate chips.
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5 from 4 votes

Chocolate Orange Cookies

There's no mistaking these chocolate cookies are loaded with delicious orange chocolate, mini chocolate chips, and of course orange zest! They're a holiday classic that will become a staple in your home.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 24 cookies


  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup natural cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 8 oz cream cheese - softened
  • 1 large egg - at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 Terry's chocolate orange - chopped (just a little over 1 cup)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon orange zest


  • Preheat oven to 350. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (or lightly grease the pan). Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl whisk the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of your stand mixer combine the sugar and cream cheese. Beat on medium speed until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add the egg, oil, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. 
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. 
  • Add the chocolate chips, orange chocolate chunks, and orange zest. Mix until just combined!
  • Use a 2 T. cookie scoop and scoop the dough onto the baking sheet. Place about 2 inches apart from one another. 
  • Bake for 9-11 minutes or until just set. 
  • Remove from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • One thing to note about these cookies is that the dough is very thick. These cookies don't spread much. It makes a very thick and soft cookie. 
  • If you over bake these cookies they will be dry. Bake until they are just set and then cool COMPLETELY. If you do it correctly you'll have very soft, fudgy, and irresistible cookies! 


Calories: 213kcal (11%)Carbohydrates: 27g (9%)Protein: 2g (4%)Fat: 7g (11%)Saturated Fat: 4g (20%)Cholesterol: 17mg (6%)Sodium: 106mg (4%)Potassium: 83mg (2%)Fiber: 1g (4%)Sugar: 18g (20%)Vitamin A: 140IU (3%)Vitamin C: 0.5mg (1%)Calcium: 25mg (3%)Iron: 0.9mg (5%)
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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