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Chocolate and Orange Butter Cookies

My two favorite cookies this Christmas were the Snowball Cookies (no nuts) and these Chocolate Orange Butter Cookies, courtesy of Clawson Live. Be very careful not to over bake. My oven is very temperamental so I had to adjust both the temp and the time. Knowing your oven is half the battle when it comes to baking! If baked properly they will be tender, rich and delicious.

I will be making these again to get better pictures. I would have rolled them in powdered sugar but I already had two other kinds of cookies rolled in powdered sugar so instead I melted chocolate chips with cream and put that on top. If you love chocolate and orange and a deep chocolate flavor, you will love these.

Chocolate Orange Butter Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen


  • 1 c. butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/2 c. mini chocolate chips
  • more powdered sugar for rolling the cookies in


1. Preheat oven to 350' F.

2. In a large bowl cream butter and powdered sugar until smooth and creamy.  Add vanilla, flour, cocoa, salt, zest, and chocolate chips.  Mix until it pulls away from the bowl.

3. Roll the dough into little balls. Place all the dough balls on a cookie sheet and place in the fridge for 1 hour.

4. Bake in batches, returning the unused dough back to the fridge until it gets used.  Line your baking sheet with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes until set.  Let cookies cool and then roll them in a bowl of more powdered sugar.

Recipe from Clawson Live.


  1. One of my favorite candies were chocolate dipped orange slices from the candy counter at Sears. That was about 40+ years ago. These will have to do. They look great. I have determined my new oven is a little off. I'll have to watch these too.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

    1. If you like the chocolate and orange combo (I adore it!), this bread is also very delicious.

  2. These look so delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  3. These look tasty! Can't wait to try the recipe.


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