Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies (tastes just like an Orange Milano, but better!)


These are officially my new favorite cookie!  They are one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten!  These taste just like a Pepperidge Farm Orange Milano Cookie, but I think they are even better because they have all the flavors of that cookie but these are soft and chewy rather than crisp and crunchy.  I’ve been changing up flavors to all my favorite classics lately like Rice Krispie Treats and Oatmeal, so I decided it was time for a change with the Chocolate Chip Cookie.  So, I came up with this recipe.  I don’t know if there could be a better upgrade.  These cookies are a must try!  Enjoy.

PS just be sure you don’t skip out on the orange extract or the orange zest, if you leave one out you wont get that incredible, zesty orange flavor.  They are the key ingredients of this cookie recipe.  You should be able to find the orange extract in the spice section of the grocer/supermarket, it’s about $3-$6 and well worth it.
You may also like to try Oranges and Cream Cookies, they taste just like and orange creamsicle and they are made from the same dough as these cookies.


Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies (tastes just like an Orange Milano, but better!)

Yield: 4 dozen


  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp orange extract
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in eggs 1 at a time mixing after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, orange extract and orange zest. Slowly add in dry mixture and mix until well incorporated. Gently stir in milk chocolate chips and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Drop cookies by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a buttered cookie sheet and bake 9-11 minutes. Allow to cool on cookie sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


  • Sarah Kuhner: They sound amazing! I need to make this. January 15, 2012 at 3:47pm Reply

  • Jess @ Sugar High: Looks fantastic! January 15, 2012 at 5:12pm Reply

  • Natalie: i have orange extract on hand and need to find ways to use it! can’t wait to try these! January 15, 2012 at 7:41pm Reply

  • Best Cookies: Hi,

    This is really a unique cookie recipe. These cookies were super chewy and moist inside and a little crispy outside, so the texture was perfect. Its first bite gives a wonderful taste sensation of orange. Thanks a lot. January 16, 2012 at 12:40am Reply

  • Rachel (teacher-chef): When I saw these on FoodGawker, I almost passed them by as just another chocolate chip cookie – but then read the description and now am checking my cabinets for Orange Extract before going to the store later, THANK YOU – hopefully mine don’t “deflate” like my c.c.c. normally seem to do!! January 16, 2012 at 5:48am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Thanks everyone for your comments! And “Best Cookies” I’m so glad you enjoyed, you’re welcome! January 16, 2012 at 4:15pm Reply

    • Jamie Mangnall: Hi, can I substitute fresh oj for the orange extract? April 13, 2015 at 8:47pm Reply

      • Jaclyn: I wouldn’t recommend it because it’s not nearly as potent as the extract is. You can add more zest if you can’t find the extract though. It won’t be quite as strong but it would work better than juice. April 15, 2015 at 10:36pm Reply

  • Anonymous: Made these last night and I must say that they are really good. Thought that the batter was a bit dry – but what do I know, lol – they came out perfectly. January 22, 2012 at 11:38am Reply

  • Dianne: I would like to make these cookies but would like to know if 3 1/4 cups of flour is the correct amount? It seems that it should be 2 1/4 cups. Please let me know, thank you. January 28, 2012 at 9:48pm Reply

  • Jaclyn: Dianne, it is 3 1/4 cups I know that is quite a bit but it worked well for this recipe. I’ve made them several times with this amount and they’ve turned out great every time. I hope that helps! January 28, 2012 at 11:52pm Reply

  • Sarah Kuhner: Made these today. I like the hint of orange. I made them gluten free with Maninis flour and xanthan gum and they turned out great. February 20, 2012 at 4:19pm Reply

  • Anonymous: How do you measure orange zest? packed or loose? March 9, 2012 at 9:14am Reply

  • Jaclyn: Anonymous – when measuring don’t compress it, just keep it loose. Enjoy! March 9, 2012 at 11:56am Reply

  • Anonymous: Thanks for a fabulous cookie recipe ~ they are wonderful. I will be making this often. March 26, 2012 at 7:03pm Reply

  • Anonymous: I used lemon extract instead of orange and the cookies still turned out well. April 14, 2012 at 6:13am Reply

  • Anonymous: These cookies look so good I think I might have to fake sick and leave work early today to try them. ;) April 27, 2012 at 8:58am Reply

  • kyp: Made these yesterday. Took them to work today and they disappeared in no time. Guess they were a hit so will make them again. August 20, 2012 at 8:15pm Reply

  • BL: Ok these are SERIOUSLY awesome cookies!!! I’ve emailed the link to all my baking buddies. Thank you! Thank you! Just in time for holiday baking. Luckily I doubled the recipe! December 8, 2012 at 6:40pm Reply

  • Savannah: If I don’t have orange extract would fresh orange juice be okay to substitute? February 23, 2013 at 6:02pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Savannah – I wouldn’t recommend swapping for oj because it would take a lot of oj to get the same flavor the extract gives and that just wouldn’t work for cookie dough. I would just add more orange zest if you don’t want to buy the extract. I hope you enjoy! February 23, 2013 at 10:49pm Reply

      • Savannah: Okay! Thanks so much! They sound like they are worth buying the extract! :) February 24, 2013 at 12:15pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Yeah I actually use orange extract a lot more than I thought I would. I just made some orange creamsicle cupcakes a few weeks ago you could try those out too if you are looking for another use for the orange extract. You can also add it to rice krispie treats and cover them with white chocolate, mmm yum yum yum. I love the flavor of oranges. February 24, 2013 at 7:11pm Reply

  • Ellen: I made a batch of these wonderful cookies last weekend. I think they are way better than Pepperidge Farms, mostly because I like a chewy cookie rather than the dry airy texture of the P.F. ones. The only ingredient I changed is substituting 3/4 C bittersweet chips to the remning milk chocolate chips. I really liked the combination of chips and next time I will be trying it with some white chips thrown in and 1/2 C chopped pecans. These were so addictive I had to freeze the couple of dozen we had not scarffed down, so I would not eat the whole 4 dozen in 24 hrs. I hope I can forget about them until I have an emergency cookie attack. Thanks for a recipie for orange lovers & choco. chip cookie lovers that is very versitile & BIG on flavor. March 3, 2013 at 11:45pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Ellen – I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed these cookies! Thanks for returning to leave a comment! I think the pecans would be delicious. I know the feeling of being tempted to eat them all =). March 6, 2013 at 10:20am Reply

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  • Laura: These were such a surprise! I made them for my nephew yesterday because he is an orange freak. I only made a 1/2 batch thinking no one would like them but him and boy was I surprised!!! They are amazing!!! I’m sorry I didn’t make a full batch. I must say they are probably the best cookie I have ever made. The texture is amazing. Soft & chewy but don’t fall apart after taking a bite. And the dough was so easy to scoop out. Thank you so much for such a great cookie recipe!!! June 17, 2013 at 1:56pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed these Orange Chocolate Chip Cookies Laura! I haven’t made them in a while – thanks for the reminder :)! June 27, 2013 at 6:50pm Reply

  • Heather – Chickabug: I love a twist on an old favorite! : ) July 24, 2013 at 9:44am Reply

  • Cherie: I just made these for my family…oh, my goodness! These are fantastic!!! Thanks for such a great recipe! :) September 27, 2013 at 5:30pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re very welcome Cherie! I’m so glad you liked them! Thanks for your comment! September 27, 2013 at 8:21pm Reply

  • Cheryl: I just made these and I am so disappointed. Way too much flour. They are dry and crumbly. December 19, 2016 at 1:35pm Reply

  • Donna P.: We had something similar when we were in London earlier this summer. I know I had to find a recipe for them. I’m making these tonight to take to Christmas Eve dinner. December 22, 2016 at 1:14pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love them Donna! December 22, 2016 at 1:33pm Reply

  • Sarina: I made these as the recipe said so and they didn’t spread out. I feel like there is too much flour in this recipe. :/ December 23, 2016 at 10:07pm Reply

  • Heather: I had some extra oranges I needed to use up and wanted to make cookies with my niece, and this recipe fit the bill. I added about 1/4 cup more flour and substituted more orange zest and the juice of 1/2 of a navel orange for the orange extract. I also left out the vanilla (I didn’t realize I was out until I had already started making these) and just used dark chocolate chips. They came out amazing! Everyone in my family went crazy for them. The orange flavor was definitely the but a bit more subtle. I will definitely make these again. February 27, 2017 at 10:36am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great review Heather! February 27, 2017 at 12:28pm Reply

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