Dark Chocolate Orange Slice & Bake Cookies

Dark chocolate and sweet orange slice and bake cookies! Make ahead of time and just pop into the oven when the craving hits! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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Sally’s Baking Addiction got a facelift yesterday. A few changes to the overall look including easier navigation– especially for mobile– slightly darker colors (for easier reading!), fonts, new recipe format, and the sidebar. I’ll take a moment to fully explain all of the changes (and recap our NYC bakery tour!) later this week. Please let me know if you notice anything wonky. Site updates are never easy!

But right now we have to discuss cookies. Business as usual.

Dark chocolate and sweet orange slice and bake cookies! Make ahead of time and just pop into the oven when the craving hits! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

More specifically, slice and bake shortbread-like cookies with a drench of dark chocolate and scented with fresh orange. A sprinkle of sea salt to bring it all together, not to mention butter + brown sugar + cinnamon + vanilla inside the cookie itself. This is where you want to be and that salted dark chocolate edge is allllll you want to taste. Do yourself a favor and actually cover the entire thing in dark chocolate. I promise you won’t hate it. ♥

These cookies are a nod to my classic stand-by: the toasted hazelnut slice ‘n’ bakes that changed my opinion on slice and bake cookies altogether. Prior to those gems, I thought slice and bake cookies were dry and boring. Because honestly? They can be very dry and even more boring. But when carefully crafted with the proper ratio of ingredients, plus a little flavor– these thick buttery cookies melt in your mouth and the words dry + boring only belong to plain rice cakes and cardboard.

How to make dark chocolate orange slice 'n' bake cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I’ve sort of explained all this before, so I’ll just recap here. The cookie dough is like shortbread cookie dough and sugar cookie dough combined. The base recipe couldn’t be easier: flour, sugar, egg and butter. Creamed butter and brown sugar is the base; brown sugar because there’s flavor and moisture there! A teensy bit of vanilla extract adds more wonderful flavor, while the egg keeps the cookies from crumbling all over your hands and lap.

You’ll need 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons of flour. I know that amount is weird. Why the 2 extra Tbsp? Well, you’ll add 2 Tablespoons of fresh-squeezed juice from delicious Sunkist oranges. More on that in a sec. The 2 Tablespoons of flour keep the added moisture in check and prevent the cookies from 0ver-spreading. A pinch of cinnamon, fresh orange zest, and just enough finely chopped walnuts for flavor. You can leave out the walnuts, I just added them because NUTS belong in all cookies. I know .01% of you agree. Please comment if you agree so I don’t feel nuts! (Get it??)

The dough is soft, but sturdy enough to be shaped into logs. What I mean by that is this: you’ll take the dough, turn it out onto a floured work surface, divide in two, roll into logs, wrap the logs in plastic wrap, and refrigerate. That all sounds like a lot of work but it will take you all of, like, 2 minutes. What I love about this log business is that you can slice off however many cookies you want to bake and eat at any given time. The dough can chill in the refrigerator for 5 days, but I’ve kept it in there for a week and the cookies still taste fabulous.

How to make dark chocolate orange slice 'n' bake cookies on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Roll the logs in a little coarse sugar for sparkle. This is optional, but it’s pretty.

So is it really optional then???

Dark chocolate and sweet orange slice and bake cookies! Make ahead of time and just pop into the oven when the craving hits! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

See that gorgeous orange zest in the cookie? I love it. So much flavor. This is a recipe I’m making in partnership with Sunkist and their juicy, refreshing navel oranges SHINE in these slice ‘n’ bake cookies. What better to pair with orange than dark chocolate? Truly an underrated flavor combination, chocolate and orange is not only spot-on delicious– the pair’s kinda perfect for Halloween, no?

So good it’ll scare you. (I couldn’t help myself with that one!!!)

Dark chocolate and sweet orange slice and bake cookies! Make ahead of time and just pop into the oven when the craving hits! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Dark chocolate and sweet orange slice and bake cookies! Make ahead of time and just pop into the oven when the craving hits! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

These dark chocolate orange slice and bake cookies are soft in the centers, super thick and dense with crunchy edges, with lots of salted dark chocolate and orange zest. And I’m being serious about coating the entire thing in dark chocolate…

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Dark Chocolate Orange Slice & Bake Cookies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 14 minutes
  • Total Time: 44 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These dark chocolate orange slice & bake cookies are loaded with flavor! A little crunch from sea salt and cinnamon spice bring it all together.


Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (133g) packed light or dark brown sugar (I prefer light in these!)
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups + 2 Tablespoons (266g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest from 1 medium navel orange (plus more for sprinkling on top if desired)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30ml) orange juice from 1 medium navel orange
  • optional: 1/2 cup (63g) chopped walnuts
  • optional: coarse sugar for rolling (I use sugar in the raw brand)
  • 8 ounces (226g) semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • sea salt for sprinkling on top

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl using a hand-held mixer or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the brown sugar and beat on medium high speed until fluffy and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract on high speed. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed, and continue to beat until fully combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk the flour, cinnamon, and salt together until combined. On low speed, slowly mix into the wet ingredients until combined. The cookie dough will be thick and slightly sticky. Switch to high speed and beat in the zest, fresh orange juice, and walnuts (if using). Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface and, with floured hands, divide into two. Shape each half into an 8-inch log, about 2.5 inches in diameter. The measurements don’t have to be exact. Tightly wrap the logs in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours and up to 5 days. Chilling is mandatory for this cookie dough. I always chill mine overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. (Always recommended for cookies.) Set aside.
  4. Remove logs from the refrigerator and roll into coarse sugar, if desired. It’s added only for a little crunch! Slice each log into 12 equally thick cookies and place cookies on baking sheets about 2 inches apart. Bake the cookies for 12-14 minutes or until brown around the edges. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the cookie sheet, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.
  5. Melt the chopped chocolate in a double boiler or (carefully!) use the microwave. For the microwave, place the chocolate in a medium heat-proof bowl. Melt in 15 second increments, stirring after each increment until completely melted and smooth. Dip each completely cooled cookie halfway into the chocolate and place onto a parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and orange zest (if desired). Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator to help the chocolate set. Once set, enjoy!

Notes

  1. Make Ahead & Freezing Instructions: Cookies stay fresh covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Baked and chocolate-dipped cookies freeze well – up to three months. Or you can freeze them without the chocolate and dip/decorate after they thaw out. Cookie dough logs freeze well too, up to three months. Allow the logs to thaw overnight in the refrigerator then continue with step 3.
  2. Special Tools: Silpat Baking Mat | 5-qt Tilt-Head Glass Measuring Bowl | KitchenAid Flex Edge BeaterKitchenAid Stand Mixer | Plates | Raw Sugar
  3. Chocolate: Make sure you are using quality, pure chocolate. Not chocolate chips. You can also use bittersweet chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, or white chocolate instead.

Keywords: dark chocolate orange cookies, orange slice n bake cookies

Dark chocolate and sweet orange slice and bake cookies! Make ahead of time and just pop into the oven when the craving hits! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

172 Comments

  1. OH MY GOSH! These sound sooo delish! Your pictures are fantastic… food shots can be tricky but you nailed it:) 

    1. thanks Lauren!

  2. heather (delicious not gorgeous) says:

    dark chocolate and orange and sea salt?! be still, my heart! also, love the colors

    1. yeah! thanks heather 

  3. These are SO perfect. I just made bacon peanut butter chocolate chip cookies (yep, I went there), so something a bit fresher and lighter and zesty is just what the doctor ordered. Cannot wait to try these! Not to mention that my coworkers are happy for me to test out all your wonderful recipes on them…

    Anyhow, I just love the new website! How exciting. And I cannot wait to read your NY post –  it looked seriously delicious from your Insta. Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

    1. I’ve never put bacon in cookies before! I’m dying to try it now.

      1. Highly recommended!! The sweet/savoury combination is something else. Kind of like the pretzel goodies you make!  I tweaked Joy the Baker’s recipe from here to include a bit of flour: http://joythebaker.com/2015/04/peanut-butter-bacon-and-dark-chocolate-cookies/

      2. Thank you for leaving the recipe link!

  4. I’m loving the website’s facelift! It’s much easier to look for a specific recipe – I love that. Can’t wait for the NYC post. I’m already regretting the fact that I was there 3 months ago and didn’t get a chance to visit all these amazing bakeries you went to. I’ll make sure to go next time, though. 

    1. I’ll be posting the NYC recap on my blog tomorrow, so check back!

  5. The site looks amazing! I subscribed to the emailing list straight away.
    Orange and dark chocolate has to be one of my all-time favourite combinations, this recipe arrived just in time for me to finally figure what to make for my friend’s halloween party – I think these will make an appearance!
    Very excited for your NYC stories, too. Hope you have a wondeful week!

    1. They’re on point for Halloween! Maybe even decorate with halloween sprinkles too!

  6. Sally! The site looks so great!! I know it was a long time in the works, so congrats! 🙂

    OK and these cookies look amazing as well, yum! Glad you had fun in NYC!

    1. Thanks Tieghan! 🙂

  7. Awesome changes! Darker font for readability and that huge PRINT button in the recipe card section…you just saved yourself 100 emails a week going into holiday baking season 🙂

    1. I got many requests for both!!

  8. Yum, they look absolutely delicious!

    1. Thanks Marlotte!

  9. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower says:

    I love that we can now search by season! I can’t wait to see more of your trip to NYC. And oh my god, I saw that rainbow bagel. How did it taste? lol.

    As for these cookies, they look so amazing. And I am definitely going to dunk them completely in chocolate. Because seriously, how I can resist all that chocolate?

    1. That reminds me to make more “season” categories. Like Valentine’s Day, Halloween, St. Patricks Day, etc! 

  10. The website looks fabulous Sally! I love the changes. Your hard work there has definitely paid off!
    And the cookies? Well, let’s just say my mouth is watering… 🙂 

    1. Thanks Sarah! The hard work all goes to my designer. 🙂

  11. Love the new site Sally!! and Yes I do love nuts aswell in cookies 🙂 and chocolate!!!

    1. Good! I’m not alone lol.

  12. Tori//Gringalicious says:

    OMG, Sally these look insanely delish! I so wanna try!

    1. Let me know if you do!

  13. Hahahaha I laughed when you said facelift. This new site is AWESOME, I love that the colors are darker 😀 and YAY to printing recipes, such a smart idea. Well-Done to you Sally!
    This recipe looks absolutely fantastic, with the shortbread base, dark chocolate and some orange going on in there, its the perfect match and I imagine dunking the chocolate side down in a cup of tea so the chocolate melts slightly 😀 (I eat ALL my cookies this way…I’m a BIG TIME DUNKER…LOL 😉

    1. Haha but it’s seriously just like a facelift. 😉 Dunking into some hot spice tea or something? Fantastic. I love it. Better than milk!

  14. Vivian | stayaliveandcooking says:

    Love the way the site looks!! Facelifts are always a good thing. And these cookies seem pretty amazing too: I’m all about that chocolate dip!

    1. it’s the best part! that and the orange flavor…!

  15. Stella @ Stellicious Life says:

    The new design looks great, so sleek and modern! And can’t wait to read your introduction of the new features. I really like the new touches on recipes (yay for g, ml and C conversions!) and the cute IG note under is great.

    And these cookies, mmm…. 😀

    1. Thanks Stella!

  16. I love the update, Sally! It looks great 🙂 As does the recipe! I don’t really like dark chocolate unless it’s with orange, or tart cherry, or something else to break up the HI I’M DARK CHOCOLATE 😉 These cookies are beautiful and I can’t wait to make them!

    1. I find that so interesting that you always pair dark choc with orange or cherry, etc. I LOVE dark chocolate with fruit too.

  17. Sophie Stewart says:

    These look delicious! Definitely need to try them. Sophie x

    sophiehmstewart.com

    1. Let me know if you do!

  18. Patricia @Sweet and Strong says:

    The site looks great!  And I just love looking at all your food photos, so beautiful.  I remember the tubes of slice and bake cookies growing up, I never really liked them that much.  But I’m sure they taste 1000 times better homemade.  And dark chocolate and orange is a great combination!

    1. They’re wonderful homemade and, as long as they have lots of flavor, addicting!

  19. Michelle @ Brown Butter and Biscuits says:

    Aw these look so great! It’s a tradition in my family that we always have a Terry’s chocolate orange in our stockings on Christmas morning 🙂 Chocolate and orange go together so well. And the site looks great! Awesome updates!

    1. They really are the perfect pair!

  20. Hi Sally, thank you so much for not only updating your site but also updating one of my absolute favourite recipes of yours – the hazelnut slice and bake cookies! I’ve made them several times, I’ve frozen logs and baked them weeks later, they are perfect. And now, walnuts (definitely!), oranges and dark chocolate, wow! Looking forward to making these.
    However, I think there is one sentence in step 5 remaining from the hazelnut recipe, it says: “Sprinkle with remaining toasted hazelnuts.” I think these are sprinkled with a little sea salt and maybe orange zest, no? Just wondering.. All the best! Sina

    1. I knew you loved those cookies, so I’m excited for you to try this version. And whoops, I just made that correction. Thanks for spotting it!

      1. Hi Sally! So, I finally got around to these and just want to report back: the flavours in this recipe are awesome, as is the texture and the lovely sugar crunch on the outside! I made them with walnuts and wouldn’t make them without – it adds so much charakter. Thanks to you there will be two slice and bake allstars on our cristmas cookie tray 🙂 Sina

  21. Marina @ A Dancer's Live-It says:

    Love love LOVE the SBA facelift!! Your new headshot is gorgeous! 🙂 So are these cookies, because slice n’ bake are the BEST and dark chocolate and orange is a perfect combo. Cannot wait to hear about NYC, your Instagrams were making me drool. 😀

    1. Thanks Marina! And I’ll be sharing all about our bakery tour on my blog tomorrow so check back!

  22. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says:

    I love your update! It’s like you used the color picker from your sweater in your bio photo as the colors for your section headers 🙂 I’m also a fan of these cookies – nothing beats slice and bake cookies!

    1. HAHA! I swear that was not intentional. The shirt is more red in real life, but it totally looks exactly like the site color. Too funny!! I guess it works perfectly for branding 😉

  23. Johanna @ Life according to Johanna says:

    Your new site looks AWESOME! I really want to try these cookies for Thanksgiving or Halloween!

    1. Thanks Johanna! And I’m definitely remaking them for Halloween. Love the orange flavor and color!

  24. Heidi @ Red Checkered Tablecloth says:

    Your design changes look great! I love the darker font colors; they’re easier to read, and the color really pops.

    1. I think so too 🙂

  25. Layla | Gimme Delicious says:

    Yum these cookies look and I’m sure they taste amazing! I love the new update on your site, it’s always nice to get a face lift!! <3

    1. AGREED! Fresh face for the fall, right?!

  26. I love the redesign, I’m sure it took a lot of work but looks bold & simplistic. The cookies are what really got my attention though. I love orange and chocolate together. It really is underrated on the combo scale. I will definitely have to try these. and of course the dark chocolate should cover it ALL, but maybe it can be drizzled to look a little less “coated”

    1. All the work goes to my designer! But it was fun brainstorming updates together. I love your thought on drizzling the dark chocolate instead of dipping. 

  27. I love the new website Sally! I liked the old one too, but a little bit of change is always a good thing. I haven’t had the chance to try your slice & bake cookies yet, but I really want to make the white chocolate funfetti ones with orange and purple sprinkles for Halloween! And here you post another variation on them, only furthering my desire… They definitely seem a little harder than drop cookies, with the shaping of the dough into a log, but I’m sure they’re not. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to make these for October 31st! If not, Christmas for sure. It’s almost November??? WHAT. P.S Can’t wait to hear about your bakery tour. I’ve never been to New York 😉

    1. They’re actually pretty simple. Rolling the dough takes seconds. Maybe you can make these AND the funfetti ones with the halloween sprinkles?! Because one has white chocolate and one has dark. Posting about the bakery tour tomorrow, check back!

  28. I love the redesign, Sally! It’s fabulous! And those cookies *insert heart-eyes emoji here*

    1. Thank you Gayatri!

  29. These look beautiful for fall with the chocolate and orange contrast.

    1. I not only love the color contrast, but the flavor as well. They’re wonderful.

  30. Great combination of flavors. Can’t wait to make these. Just hope I can share once baked.

    1. I had to get them out of the house because I kept “taste testing” them! HAHA

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