Chocolate Orange Cream Cheese Cookies

These Chocolate Orange Cream Cheese Cookies are a uniquely delicious treat! The combination of chocolate and citrus makes these a popular dessert!

Chocolate chip cookies made with orange zest are a delicious variation on the classic chocolate chip cookie recipe. The addition of orange zest adds a bright, citrusy flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweet chocolate chips.

Why You’ll Love These Cookies

  • Orange- flavored makes them unique
  • The cookie dough can be pre-made, and storage
  • Travel friendly making them great for shipping!

Chocolate chip cookies made with orange zest are a delightful twist on the classic cookie recipe. The addition of orange zest adds a burst of bright, citrus flavor that complements the rich, chocolatey goodness of the cookie. The cream cheese also creates perfect chewy and soft texture.

This recipe does require chill time. Don’t skip that! It’s important for the texture and flavor.

How To Make Chocolate Cream Cheese Cookies

Equipment Needed

  • Zester
  • Stand mixer
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
  • Spatula
  • Mixing bowls
  • Spoons
  • Cooling rack
  • Plastic or Saran wrap

You can store these cookies in the fridge for about a week. The great news is that you can pre-make the dough and place it in the freezer to last up to three months. Like other cookie dough, you can place Chocolate Orange Cream Cheese Cookies in an airtight container, which will help extend its storage life and keep your cookie batter fresh and tiptop shape.

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chocolate orange cookies

Chocolate Orange Cookies

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 10 cookies 1x


Find the Zester because it’s time to whip up a batch of seriously yummy Chocolate Orange Cream Cheese Cookies!


  • 16 oz cream cheese
  • 1 ½ cups butter (room temperature)
  • 2 cups + 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 2 ⅓ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon orange extract
  • 2 ½3 cups chocolate chips (melted)
  • orange zest


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and butter.
  2. Beat together on high speed for 1 minute to ensure the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  3. Add in the powdered sugar and beat together for 20 seconds on low speed to allow the powdered sugar to become incorporated.
  4. Increase the mixer speed to high and continue beating for 30 seconds.
  5. Add in the flour, baking soda and salt and beat together to incorporate.
  6. Next, add in the vanilla and stir until combined. Fold the chopped chocolate and orange extract into one portion of dough.
  7. Turn the dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Form into a log about 2” in diameter and about 9” long. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and place into the fridge to chill completely for 1-2 hours.
  8. Once the dough has finished chilling, preheat the oven to 350 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough log. Slice into cookies about ¾” thick. This will give you 9-10 cookies.
  9. Place the cookies onto the prepared baking sheet leaving at least 2 ½” of space between them to allow for spreading.
  10. Place into the preheated oven to bake for 15-18 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. The cookies will be soft at this point.
  11. Once baked, remove from the oven and place onto a cooling rack to cool completely.
  12. Once cooled, dip each cookie halfway into the melted chocolate chips. Place onto a large piece of parchment paper.
  13. Sprinkle orange zest over the chocolate. Let set at room temp for 20 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Chill Time: 1-2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


  1. Chocolate and orange are such a great combo! These cookies were fresh, unique and so delicious!

  2. The added chocolate and orange flavor really ups the taste of the classic cream cheese cookie. My family loved them.

  3. We LOVED these! Really easy to make. The orange zest on top was definitely my favorite part – sooo good!

  4. Chocolate and orange together is one of my FAVORITE combinations. These cookies did not disappoint and they were easy to make too.

  5. Jo Keohane

    I absolutely love choc and orange and these are delicious!!! So easy to make – the whole family devoured them. Thank you for a great recipe!

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