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Chocolate Orange Cookies

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Light, almost creamy cookies, kind of like a very soft orange-flavored shortbread, studded with chocolate chips. These aren't pretty to look at, but they are (WARNING!) completely addictive!

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Difficulty Level



Needed Items


  • Prep & Mix: 15 minutes
    Baking: 15 minutes
    Total: 30 minutes


  • 1/2 cup shortening (I used butter-flavored)
    3 oz. cream cheese (I used neufchatel)
    1 tsp grated orange rind
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 egg yolk
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 cup flour
    1/4 tsp salt
    5 oz. (about a cup) semisweet or dark chocolate chips

Number of Servings

  • 24 cookies


  • Mixer
    Cookie sheet
    Cooking spray


  • Preheat oven to 350°
    Reconstitute dried orange rind, if you aren't using a fresh orange

Additional Notes

I froze most of these cookies in the same way I do all my cookies–shape them into cookies and place them on a cookie sheet, put the cookies in the freezer until hard, pull the cookie sheet from the freezer and move all the frozen cookies to a Ziploc bag labeled with the cookie name and cooking directions, and then put the zipped bag into the freezer. Then I can pull out only a couple at a time, bake them as usual, and always have warm, melty, fresh-baked cookies.

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