Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

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DAY 11: Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

These are one of my very favorite cookies. Orange flavored not-too-sweet shortbread cookies dipped in dark chocolate.

The dough is shaped into a log, refrigerated until firm and then sliced into rounds to bake. And dipping only half the cookie keeps the fingers much cleaner than trying to dip the whole cookie!

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Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

  • Servings: Makes about 3 dozen cookies
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1 cup butter
½ cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp pure orange extract
1 tsp fresh orange zest
2 1/3 cups flour
4 oz bittersweet chocolate
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 tsp coconut oil or shortening

Use a mixer to cream butter and sugar  until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and orange extracts and orange zest. Gradually blend in flour.

Roll the dough into a log about 2 inches in diameter. Wrap dough log in clear plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove dough from refrigerator and slice dough with a sharp knife into 1/4″ slices, reshaping dough into circles, as necessary. Place cookies onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove immediately to wire rack to cool.

While cookies cool, heat chocolate and coconut oil (or shortening) in a double boiler. Dip half of each cooled cookie in the melted chocolate and place on parchment paper to cool.

(Recipe adapted from Smells Like Home)



Filed under Cookies, Desserts

8 responses to “Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies: Chocolate Dipped Orange Shortbread Cookies

  1. Oh wow – these look so good! The chocolate orange combo is always good 🙂


  2. Chocolate and orange is one of my favorite flavor combos!


  3. Hi Kelly, These look amazing. I love the chocolate-orange combo, always such a hit and perfect for Christmas too.

    If you don’t mind, I’d love if you’d link these up (and any other dessert creations) on Sugar & Slice Sunday link party. Each week Sunday-Thursday.


  4. I was wondering, about how many cookies this makes?


  5. Made these yesterday. Fantastic!!! Thanks so much for the delicious recipe!


  6. Kristin

    I’m a little (okay, a lot) late to the party, but I made these for Christmas this year, and they are definitely going to be one of my regulars from here on out! They reminded me a lot of the orange Milano cookies from Pepperidge Farms. Easy to make, and delicious in a slightly sophisticated sort of way. I shaped my dough logs into triangles just to have a variety of shapes on my cookie tray, since several of my other cookies were round.


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