Retro chocolate orange cookies

    30 min

    Welcome back to the 1970's, where both disco and these orange, cream cheese and chocolate cookies (with orange icing, no less!) will make you feel right at home. The flavour combination of orange and chocolate may be a bit retro, but is still a yummy classic, so get out the strobe light and bake these chocolaty citrus treats!

    7 people made this

    Serves: 30 

    • Cookies
    • 225g butter, softened
    • 85g cream cheese, softened
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon orange zest
    • 250g plain flour
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 170g plain chocolate chips
    • Icing
    • 250g icing sugar
    • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons orange juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon orange zest
    • 2 drops orange food colouring
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

      To make cookies:

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease baking trays.
    2. In a large bowl cream butter, cream cheese and sugar. Gradually add eggs, vanilla and orange zest. Mix well. Sift together flour and salt and stir into butter mixture. Stir in chocolate chips last.
    3. To make orange icing:

    4. In a small bowl stir together icing sugar, 4 tablespoons of butter, orange juice, 1/4 teaspoon of orange zest, salt and food colouring and mix all until smooth.
    5. Drop cookie mixture by teaspoons onto prepared baking tray. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until light brown. While the cookies are still warm, decorate them with the orange icing.

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    This is the second time I have made these, and I was so impressed with the way they taste I had to try them again, even though they didn't bake up as well as I would have liked the first time. So this time I made a few necessary changes. First, these require a bit more flour than the recipe calls for, so I used about 2 1/4 cups of flour instead of just 2 cups. Next, the recipe doesn't call for any baking soda (which it needs), and these spread perfectly with 1 t. of bking soda added. The other change I made was the sugar. Instead of 1 C of white sugar I used 1/2 C white sugar, and 3/4 C brown sugar. These changes made this cookie perfect all around. They are soft and yummy and the chocolate and orange together are a great combo!  -  23 Oct 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I loved this recipe! My mom has been making orange choc. chip cookies all my life, and half-way into this recipe I started thinking, "Could the addition of frosting be worth the work?" Is it ever! They are the most lovely choc.chip cookies, and the frosting takes them over the edge--hell, my family would it *it* alone . . . Surprisingly easy, wonderfully flavorful, didn't seem to take long when all was said and done. These cookies are definately going to be a regular at our house . . .  -  17 Dec 2000  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My Grandma makes these cookies and they are our family cookie. They are so awesome!!! We all fight over them when we go to grandmas house! They are even better right out of the freezer!  -  23 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)