Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies

This cookie is not what I set out to make.

  Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies

This was supposed to be a simple almond cookie.  I was craving almond cookies last week and decided to come up with a recipe that incorporated ground almonds into the cookie for some texture.  Things went astray when I saw a lonely orange sitting on my counter.   It only went further off track when I remembered I had a bag of chocolate disks from New York in my pantry.

Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies 

These cookies are crisp and crumbly, yet they are not in the least bit dry.   The almond, which gets nice and toasty in the oven, combines nicely with the subtle orange and rich chocolate flavors.   No, I did not intend to make these cookies, but boy am I glad I did!  I dare you not to eat them all!

Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies    Yield 2 1/2 dozen

1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg yolk
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup ground almonds
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped bittersweet chocolate

Heat the oven to 325 F and line two sheet pans with parchment paper.

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In the bowl of a mixer cream together the butter, sugar and orange zest until well mixed but not fluffy.  Add the egg yolk, almond extract and orange juice and mix until well combined.

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In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, almonds and salt.   Add to the butter mixture and mix until most of the flour is absorbed.  Add the chocolate and mix until well distributed.

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Scoop the cookies out by rounded tablespoons on the prepared baking sheets.  Bake the cookies for 12 to 16 minutes, or until the edges are just golden brown.  Cool on the pan for five minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies 

Enjoy slightly warm or at room temperature.

Orange Almond Chocolate Cookies

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Author: Kelly

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  • Maria

    I love orange and chocolate together, these look amazing!

  • Jessica @ How Sweet


    That melty chocolate has got me.

  • Natalie

    Wow these sound so great! I love the taste and especially the smell when baking orange and chocolate together.

  • Lan

    you know what would taste lovely with these? tea. i can’t have milk so i settle for a cup of tea.

    i made orange almond cookies this weekend too, didn’t think to put in chocolate. yours are so much prettier than mine.

  • Eliana

    These look and sound incredibly tastey. Gotta love happy accidents.

  • jenn (Bread + Butter)

    I love the smell of fresh baked cookies. It’s beats using an air freshener.

  • Bob

    I’ll take that dare! I’ll probably lose, but I won’t complain. Heh.

  • Leela@SheSimmers

    These look unbelievably good. Judging from the picture showing the interior, looks like they’re right in the middle between crispy and chewy. Just the way I like them.

  • Katya

    mmm, orange, chocolate, and almonds. My three favorite things in one all too convenient cookie.

  • Fried Wontons For You

    Almonds and oranges, what a great flavor combo!

  • Allie

    Yum! And that picture on top is gorgeous!

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  • Alta

    I am all of a sudden on a citrus-in-baking “thing”. (Made Homesick Texan’s chocolate pecan pralines the other day – they have orange zest in them.) Orange+chocolate= YUM! And with almonds? Even better.

  • The Chocolate Priestess

    Interesting that you got crisp without crumble… the almonds you think?

  • Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction

    Yummy! I think these would make very elegant cookies for the Food Blogger Bake Sale. I’m totally on the lookout for bake sale recipes already!

  • Megan

    That last photo looks delicious! Orange and chocolate has always been one of my favorite flavor combinations, and almonds sound great as well! YUM :)

  • Divina

    I love the combination of orange and chocolate but never thought of making them in cookies. They’re amazing and a must have.

  • Elizabeth

    Ok, what did I do wrong? These are tasty, but stayed little round balls instead of flattening out. Mysterious!

  • Spingirl

    Yummie! Really good, just got the first tray out of the oven. Thanks a lot for this recipe.

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  • Cheryllyne

    May I recommend a splash of Cointreau into the dough? Delish!!!!

  • Katelynn

    These tastes amazing but they stayed like little hockey pucks?? Anyone have any ideas what happened?

  • lauren

    I made these, added a little bit more butter than required because the mixture seemed a little too dry.. also, I only had almond meal, so I used that instead of ground almonds.. they turned out AMAZING. a little pouffier than the pictures here, but still crispy and beautiful. Thanks for the great recipe!

  • mh

    Okay, I almost never comment on recipes because when I make them they’re never quite what I hoped they’d be, but these are literally perfect. They came together so easily and so beautifully, and the flavors are a perfect balance – like a grown-up chocolate chip cookie. And come to think of it, I wish cookie dough ice cream had this dough in it… maybe that’s why I ended up a few cookies short of 30…

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