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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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.

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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.

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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. Absolutely nuts belong in cookies. We had tons of pecan trees where I grew up and we picked up pecans every fall and took them to get cracked (cause cracking 50+ lbs of pecans one at a time is crazy, especially since you still have to shell them!) Mom always made chocolate chip cookies with pecans. So yummy! I don’t always put them in my cookies cause I hate chopping nuts, but I do enjoy them in the cookies!

    I like the site update and these cookies look really good! I am going to have to try them soon. Always love any recipe of yours that I try.

    1. mmm pecans + chocolate chip cookies sounds divine!

  2. Renee LaTulippe says:

    Two of my favorite flavors together. Delicious!

    The site is beautiful, but there is one glitch I would love to see fixed, and that’s the search bar. I come here often when I’m in the mood for a particular flavor, but I usually can’t find what I’m looking for. For example, I just searched “Christmas Cookies” and got posts for Super Bowl recipes, Greek yogurt pineapple bars, gluten-free recipes, skillet chicken, meatballs … well, everything but cookies!

    Otherwise, it’s all good. I love being able to print the recipes. Thank you! 🙂

    1. That is a bug we’ve been trying to fix! Stay tuned for a better search function.

  3. Your site looks beautiful!!! I LOVE it!!!
    And I LOVE nuts in cookies, and raisins!!
    And I also just adore when you give scientific reasons behind why you did something in a recipe, I am so curious as to why, and you give a reason!! Thank you so much!!!

    1. Mattie, so glad you find the science behind the ingredients helpful. So much more fun than my science classes in school 🙂 And glad you like the new site look too!

  4. SALLY SALLY SALLY…WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WITH YOU!?:)

    Just when I think you have sent your “best” recipe you top it with another. I absolutely love chocolate and orange together and cannot wait to give these a try.

    YOU ARE THE BEST!!

    1. Thank you, June! I hope you try them!!

  5. Kristin Pollett says:

    I’m LOVING the new website! It looks so good! I was watching your Snapchats or Insta last night (I don’t remember which) and couldn’t wait to see the new look this morning!I especially like the three Fall recipes up top! Good job Sally!

  6. BARBARA SASSANO says:

    I’M STILL ON THE STUFFING RECIPE- IT LOOKS WONDERFUL, BUT I DON’T SEE ANY EGGS=IS THAT INTENTIONAL OR LEFT OUT?

    1. Barbara, there are not any eggs in the Herbed Sausage, Cranberry, and Apple Stuffing! It is intentional 🙂

  7. Sara @ Oats & Rows says:

    This recipe came up on my feed at the BEST time! Yesterday, I had a couple squares of orange-flavored dark chocolate and forgot how much I looooved this flavor combo. Saving this recipe for a later day 🙂

  8. Looks like I have plans for Friday…. and nuts totally belong in cookies!!!!!!

    1. I agree, Irene 🙂 Happy baking!

  9. The site looks so awesome! And orange cookies sound delicious, I’ll have to try them out!

    1. Thank you, Miranda! Hope you love the cookies!

  10. Ohhhhh pretty!

    Just wish the add a comment section was above all the comments! You are so loved there is usually a lot to scroll through.

    1. What a great suggestion, I’ll take it to my designer!

  11. Sally, I love the new site. The print button is nice. I love how I can look for a recipe by ingredient. And it just looks good in general your site-I mean I loved how it looked before and it is still amazing! Congrats 🙂

    1. Thank you, Iram!

      1. Hi… 
        donu prefer dark, semi-sweet, or milk chocolate for this recipe. Your fantastic recipes mentions in three separate places the three different types…
        Can’t wait to make these!!

      2. Sorry for the confusion! It’s semi-sweet, which is a darker chocolate variety.

  12. These are like those chocolate oranges you always see around the holidays! Sounds delish! New layout is great! Much easier to use.

    1. Yes, love those oranges! Glad you like the site updates!

  13. Oh. This is happening! (I’m skipping the nuts though) Sight looks good. 🙂 You rock!

    1. Totally fine to skip the nuts! Enjoy!

  14. Sara @ Last Night's Feast says:

    OMG I want these right now. I love love chocolate and orange together.

  15. Orange and chocolate, one of my favorite flavor combinations! These cookies look delicious! I’m going to have to side track on the all things apple and pumpkin, and bake a batch or three of these. The updated site looks great!

    1. Valerie, they are totally worth taking a pumpkin/apple break 🙂 Enjoy!

  16. Lindsay (lindsayloubakes) says:

    Sally, your new site is gorgeous! I love it! These cookies are calling my name! I LOVE chocolate and orange together. My boyfriend unfortunately does not like or “get” the flavor combination (terrible..I know! haha).  I first fell in love with the flavor combination as a kid, I would eat those old fashioned chocolate orange jelly sticks by the dozen :). These cookies look like the next best thing and I cannot wait to try making them! Thanks Sally! 

    1. Thank you! Glad you like the new site! Definitely try these – the flavor combination is seriously out of this world!

  17. Quin @ Butter Be Ready says:

    Love the site updates Sally!!! Oh, and these cookies are nothing short of amazing…I wouldn’t expect less from you though 🙂

    1. Thank you, Quin!!

  18. Hi Sally,
    Love the new look of your website. Looks so fresh and sweet.
    Thanks for the great recipes, I’m so going to bake this cookie next! I LOVE to add walnuts in my cookies and bread. You are not alone! XD

    By the way, how do you stay so skinny and good looking after all these sweets! XDDD

    All the best! Xx

    1. Hi Shelly, Thank you so much! Glad you like the new look of the site!
      I practice moderation and I definitely have a lot of well fed neighbors, friends and family! 🙂

  19. Lincoln @ LincsFlavours says:

    The recipe sounds great and perfect for me here given that the orange season is about to start. I have always liked chocolate and orange together so even better. I will be giving them a try shortly. 

    Just thought I would mention a tip someone once gave me with regards to slicing biscuit dough logs or similar. It ensures that your biscuits are perfectly round, without the flat side from being squashed against the work surface…… Dental floss!

    Just position the log on the floss where you would like the cut to be. Lift the floss up on either side to meet at the top, cross over then pull tight. The floss will cut through the log.

    1. Yes!! I’ve heard of the dental floss trick before and thank you so much for sharing!

      1. Lincoln @ LincsFlavours says:

        Just wanted to let you know that I had made the biscuits…… and that they are delicious. It didn’t sound like that much orange peel nor orange juice in the mix, but the amount of orange flavour in the finished biscuits is just right for me.

        Thanks for sharing.

  20. Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen says:

    Chocolate and orange are so good together, and this looks like such a fun cookie!

  21. Lucy @ Globe Scoffers says:

    These look delicious!

  22. Jenny Blaylock says:

    I will make these cookies for sure and I will add the nuts. What’s a cookie without nuts?!?! This reminds me of Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Yum great flavor pairing. 

  23. Hi Sally, thank you! I just made these today! Can you clarify if you recommend chopped walnuts or hazelnuts? You go back and forth in your post and the recipe.

    1. Hi Heather! These cookies are adapted from a hazelnut version that is on my blog. I recommend walnuts for these, but I think hazelnuts or even pecans would be tasty too. Did you like them?

      1. Thank you! I loved them. I think I may have done something wrong though. I’m not a baker but you inspire me to try my hand at it. When I made the dough it was very dry and crumbly. I had to knead it a lot so I could make it into a log, which maybe wasn’t a good idea? I baked them for around 20+ minutes waiting for the edges to brown and I think that made the cookies crispy, not soft in the middle as you described. Again, I’m not a baker so this a learning curve. Despite that they were delicious. I’m going to try them again tonight, only bake it for the time you recommend, add the walnuts, and I’m not sure about the crumbly part. Maybe I measured wrong. Thank your for inspiring me so!

  24. Ellen @ My Uncommon Everyday says:

    These cookies look amazing – I love your hazelnut version – and I love the redesign. Quick question: I noticed you don’t have social sharing buttons at the top/bottom/side of the post. Is that intentional? I totally understand if it’s to direct people to pin things, but I also like to share things via Facebook and Twitter and I rarely go to the effort if it’s not easy.

    1. Ellen, we are still working out a few kinks and will have those social buttons back ASAP!

  25. So excited to make these for Halloween! I understand the concept of the slice and bake, but can these be made into fun shapes using cookie cutters? How would that work.. might you chill the log and then cut out the shapes from the slices? I guess work with the dough as little as you can?

    1. I don’t recommend using this dough as cookie cutter dough, they will spread! You don’t want that 🙂

  26. I made these this weekend (without the nuts), and they were easy, delicious, and a huge hit! I rubbed the zest of a second orange with about 5 Tbsp of granulated sugar. Then, after dipping the cookie halfway in the melted chocolate, I rolled the edge in the orange sugar. They looked so fancy! Thank you for a great recipe.

    1. That is a GREAT tip!

  27. Hi Sally!

    These look amazing. I’m currently looking to make some log cookies and these caught my eye. I was wondering if you thought it would be possible to include chocolate chips in the dough instead of the nuts? Just to skip dipping the cookies in the chocolate after you bake them off.
    Thank you!

    1. Oh absolutely! I’d maybe use mini chocolate chips so you aren’t slicing through big chips!

  28. I just made these cookies and they are absolutely delicious. The orange flavour is very well balanced. I’m happy I only baked one and froze the log because otherwise I would have eaten them all..!

    1. Glad you like them! Smart way to exercise portion control 🙂

  29. Sally these are beautiful but I am loving the nail polish colour even more!!! Wow!

  30. I made the cookies this morning for an outdoor bake sale. They flavor is excellent. Mine did not keep their shape, I think for two reasons: I did not use quite enough flour AND I didn’t move fast enough from the cold refrigerated dough part, to cutting, to getting them in the oven. They looked more like cat’s tongues than the nice round thick slices you see in the photo. So, my message is to make sure the dough is less sticky and more substantial, and work fast from fridge to oven. The cookie itself is wonderful (and I even used less sugar)! Thank you for this addition to my cookie repertory!

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