Orange, Chocolate Chunk and Sea Salt Cookies


Since it’s the holidays I decided to make one of my very favorite cookies, these Orange Chocolate Chunk Cookies with Sea Salt. I have a weakness for the chocolate and orange combination and I wish there were more of it around. I mean the chocolate oranges at Christmas time and the orange jelly sticks just aren’t cutting it for me (I’m not a big fan of either. I wish they offered better quality chocolate for the chocolate oranges and the sticks are just too much for me. I’m probably just too picky, I know). One cookie I do love that is always available though, are those Orange Milanos (one day I’ll get around to making those homemade because they’re amazing, so I can only imagine how good they’d be fresh). These however, are my favorite use of the orange and chocolate combination, because it adds in another of my favorite things, chocolate chip cookies.

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These cookies are chewy, generously sized (as every chocolate chip cookie should be) and they’re decadently delicious! They have lightly crisp outsides and soft and tender insides. I chose to add three kinds of chocolate because that’s always my favorite way to make chocolate chip cookies, I love how it adds different levels of sweetness and varying intensities of chocolate so each bite is a a little bit different. And when you top all of that zesty orange flavor and melty chocolate off with sea salt, you’ve got a cookie that is destined for greatness. Try these and you’ll see why they’re one of my favorites. Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

Orange, Chocolate Chunk and Sea Salt Cookies | Cooking Classy

Orange, Chocolate Chunk and Sea Salt Cookies | Cooking Classy


Orange, Chocolate Chunk and Sea Salt Cookies

Yield: About 2 dozen

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes


  • 2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp orange zest
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp orange extract
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate , chopped into chunks*
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate , chopped into chunks
  • 4 oz milk chocolate , chopped into chunks
  • Flaky or coarse sea salt


  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar and orange zest until creamy, about 2 minutes. Add in one egg and mix until combined, then add in second egg, vanilla extract and orange extract and mix until combined. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in flour mixture and mix just until combined. Stir in chocolate chunks. Shape dough into large balls, about 3 Tbsp each (58 grams each). Transfer balls to plates, cover with plastic wrap and chill 1 hour. Preheat oven to 350 degrees during last 10 minutes of chilling.
  2. Transfer chilled cookie dough balls to Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets and sprinkle tops lightly with sea salt (keep any that aren't currently baking in refrigerator). Bake in preheated oven about 11 - 12 minutes. Allow to cool on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
  3. *I used 4 oz Ghirardelli bittersweet baking chocolate, 4.25 oz Hershey's Special Dark chocolate and 4.25 oz Symphony bar (no toffee!). You can use all of one type of chocolate - just whatever you prefer. I just love the three types of chocolate.
  4. Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

Orange, Chocolate Chunk and Sea Salt Cookies | Cooking Classy


  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar: I love the flavour of these! So delicious! December 20, 2013 at 3:20pm Reply

  • Laura @ Lauras BakingTalent: These cookies look amazing. Thanks for sharing. December 20, 2013 at 5:01pm Reply

  • Mimi @ Culinary Couture: Although I’m not a fan of orange and chocolate, these look amazing! December 21, 2013 at 4:19pm Reply

  • Rachel @ Bakerita: These look wonderful! Love the orange addition to a classic cookie :) December 21, 2013 at 5:18pm Reply

  • Mel: These look amazing, Jaclyn! Orange and chocolate is a favorite combo of mine too; you aren’t alone in wishing there was more good-quality products out there with orange/chocolate! December 21, 2013 at 8:28pm Reply

  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe: I’ve never been a big fan of the chocolate and orange combo, probably because the products available have a too strong orange flavor that covers everything else. But I guess that if I made these cookies myself, I’d be able to adjust the ration so that the orange flavor would be just a soft little touch!

    xo, Elisa December 22, 2013 at 12:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the comment Elisa! I hope you are able to make them! December 22, 2013 at 2:31pm Reply

  • sara: Gorgeous!! These look so yummy. :) December 22, 2013 at 1:54pm Reply

  • Rhodora: I made these yesterday. They are delicious! December 22, 2013 at 7:49pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy to hear you liked these cookies Rhodora! Thanks for leaving a comment! December 22, 2013 at 10:40pm Reply

  • Renee@Two in the Kitchen: Orange and chocolate DO go well together….I like that you combined the two in a cookie!! It makes it more special!! December 23, 2013 at 7:52am Reply

  • Abbie @ Needs Salt: Oh these cookies look so delicious! I love the addition of sea salt here.
    Pinned! December 23, 2013 at 10:25am Reply

  • MCS Gal: I really like orange and chocolate together. I’m looking forward to trying these. December 24, 2013 at 1:28pm Reply

  • J: Just made theseā€¦.and they really do taste like chocolate oranges! I have to admit, I am not a fan of that combination BUT somehow, it works in these cookies! Very Good! January 4, 2014 at 11:04am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the feedback J! I’m happy to get the good review :)! January 12, 2014 at 9:22pm Reply

  • Jocelyn: I made these cookies today, and they received rave reviews from my family. The chocolate/orange combination is unique and delicious. I can see why this is one of your favorite cookie recipes.

    Thank you! March 16, 2014 at 10:50pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Now you’ve got me craving them again Jocelyn :)! I’m so glad your family liked these! Thanks for leaving a comment! March 23, 2014 at 5:17pm Reply

  • Harley Quinn: I’m making these for a party, it’s my second time doing so as everyone who’s had one requests them specifically now. These cookies are amazing!!! May 15, 2014 at 7:19pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad the recipe has been enjoyed Harley! Thanks for your comment! May 16, 2014 at 6:59am Reply

  • Clarisse @ The Tummy Train: Hi! I’m usually a silent lurker on your blog but I felt such a strong urge to write a comment today!

    I made these cookies and have done nothing but rave and rave (and eat) and rave some more about them! Couldn’t contain my love for them that I wrote about them on my blog immediately after making haha! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. Officially one of my new favourites! :D February 20, 2015 at 8:46pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So great to hear Clarisse! Thanks for leaving a comment! February 26, 2015 at 1:27pm Reply

  • roxana: Can you tell me how long these last in an air tight container? Thanks! April 1, 2015 at 4:55pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: They should last 2 – 3 days. April 1, 2015 at 10:10pm Reply

  • Mia: This recipe literally only worked ONCE for me. I’ve always followed this recipe to a T, and my oven’s the same. But for the 2nd and so-so times I’ve attempted making them again, the dough just would not stay put!!! They kept spreading so so fast :( Any tips? July 8, 2015 at 2:18am Reply

    • carrie: Refrigerate the whole of the dough for a couple of hours (at least)… I was not able to make balls before the dough was cooled enough to be hard. December 2, 2015 at 2:26pm Reply

  • Eden Passante: OMG these sound amazing! I love orange and chocolate together and add in sea salt and it’s perfection! Need to make these ASAP! February 29, 2016 at 10:40pm Reply

  • Liss: Very good! My father was wild about the salt on the cookies and I frequently make other recipes with salt on them just for him. Thanks! March 9, 2016 at 3:35pm Reply

  • Eden Passante: Yes, yes and yes! These sound so amazing! Basically all the best things in one cookie! March 21, 2016 at 6:27pm Reply

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