There's something really special and epic when dark chocolate and orange come together, especially when you bite into these tempting soft, thick and fudgy double chocolate chip cookies studded with sweetened candied orange. Talk about delish! They're SO devilishly tempting, you won't be able to stop at just one cookie.
Hello Fudgy Double Chocolate Orange Cookies!! These cookies are a dream! Sinfully indulgent and I wanted to eat the whole batch. Seriously, I had no idea that I was in a romantic affair with orange peel. But, then again, we are adding it to chocolate.
Dark Chocolate. God help us...
I love orange and I love chocolate.
I crave those orange gel candies covered in dark chocolate...OH yes! I'm a super huge gummy/jelly addict, along with everything else that is has sugar in it! ha! (And chocolate for that matter!)
I tend to stick to orange extract, orange zest, orange juice or the actual orange sections when I make actual orange desserts. However, on that note, I've never been turned on by candied orange peel like this before, partly because I know what orange rind tastes like.
So now, we have a new friend to join our baking adventures. Candied Orange Peel has turned my head, literally. I love it's diced and ready to use as is!
The orange peel I used, comes from the heart of Florida, the orange capitol of the world giving them access to the freshest citrus at the peak of ripeness to produce the finest candied fruit available from Paradise Candied Fruit.
The vibrant orange peel is bursting with orange flavor and compliments the dark chocolate so well! It will make you all warm-fuzzy-feel-good, like a crush you want to get to know better. See what I mean by romantic affair?
This is just the beginning of a wonderful relationship. <3
Holiday-ish flavors for sure...perfect for upcoming Halloween, Christmas Cookie Exchanges, Easter basket goodies, Mother's Day gift in a lovely cookie tin, New Year's Eve.... and all seasons!
For more orange inspired desserts - here ya go!
Devilish Fudgy Double Chocolate Orange Cookies
- 1 cup unsalted butter, cold cut into small cubes
- ½ cup granulated white sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup premium unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups semisweet chocolate chunks or semisweet chocolate chips plus extra for top of cookies
- ½ - ¾ cup candied orange peel plus extra for top of cookies (I used PARADISE CANDIED ORANGE PEEL)
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Using a mixer, cream together butter and sugars on high speed for 3-4 minutes until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.
- Add in all-purpose flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt and mix on lowest speed setting until dough is just combined. Don’t overmix, but get dough mixed together for even color. Stir in chocolate chunks and orange peel.
- Place the dough in the fridge for 10-15 minutes to chill.
- Line two baking sheets with silicone baking mats or parchment paper.
- Scoop dough balls using a medium cookie scoop and heap the dough in the scoop so it looks like a ball. Place onto baking sheets.
- Place several chocolate chips and orange peel on top.
- Bake cookies for about 10-11 minutes and cookies look almost set.
- Remove from oven and let cookies cool on the baking sheets if you can wait that long to sample!
Cookies adapted from Kirbie's Cravings