Dark Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Cookies

Chewy and fudgy dark chocolate orange cookies are subtly flavored with orange zest and Grand Marnier. A wonderful twist on a classic rich chocolate cookie.

chocolate cookies on a plate with orange and juice in the background

Similar to my Chocolate and Olive Oil Cookies, these cookies are like mini brownies in taste and texture. By adding some orange zest and a touch of Grand Marnier (optional) these wonderful citrus notes help bring out the sweetness in the chocolate. 

One of the reasons I love these cookies is that they store well. I love to keep them in the fridge and bite into the rich chocolate cookies when they are cold. Unlike brownies, they don’t dry out and keep the richness days after baking.

Orange Zest vs. Orange Rind

I like to use Cara Cara or Navel oranges when I am extracting zest. These are common oranges found in most grocery stores. Orange zest is simply the outer orange color skin of the fruit. The orange ring makes up the skin and the white pith/ring. You want to use a Microplane or peeling to remove only the skin of the orange and leave the white rind. The ring tends to be bitter and will take away from the sweet citrus notes needed for these delicious chocolate orange cookies.

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How to Make Chocolate Orange Cookies:

Melt the chocolate and olive oil together in a double boiler. Whisk together eggs and sugar until it forms a thick pale yellow ribbon. Add vanilla and melted chocolate and fold until combined. Add sifted dry ingredients and combine. Let the dough sit for 30 minutes at room temperature. Use an ice cream scoop or large spoon divide up the dough and roll into balls. If the dough is too sticky, pop it in the fridge for another 15-30 minutes in order to form dough balls more easily. Place evenly on a baking sheet.  Super simple and easy to make flawless cookies!

cookie between fingers with bite

How to store Chocolate Orange Cookies:

You can store the cookies for up to a week in an airtight container in the fridge. I highly recommend storing these in the fridge because they taste really good slightly cold.

Yes! Make the dough in advance. After you scoop and portion your dough balls, place them on a baking tray and into the fridge for 30 minutes. Then place them in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up 6 weeks. This can also be useful if you only want to make a few cookies at a time.

Does the dough need to be chilled?

Yes, the dough must be chilled. Placing the dough in the fridge solidifies the fat in the olive oil, which means the dough takes longer to melt, and there is less spread. Helps create the perfect balance of crispy and chewy for these chocolate orange cookies!

chocolate cookies on a plate with orange and juice in the background

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Dark Chocolate Orange Grand Marnier Cookies

  • Author: hungrygirlinqueens
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 24 cookies 1x
  • Category: Cookies
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Chocolate

Description

Chewy and fudgy dark chocolate orange cookies are subtly flavored with orange zest and Grand Marnier. A wonderful twist on a classic rich chocolate cookie.


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 12 oz 70% semi sweet chocolate
  • 3/4 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 tbsp Orange, zest
  • 1 tbsp Grand Marnier

Instructions

  1. In a double boiled, melt the chocolate chips along with butter until just melted.
  2. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl with a hand mixer, whisk the eggs and sugars. 
  4. In another medium bowl, sift the cocoa powder, flour, and baking powder.
  5. Add chocolate mixture to eggs mixture and combine.
  6. Add in salt, orange zest and Grand Marnier.
  7. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  8. Let the batter sit at room temperature, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  10. Scoop cookies, about 1 tablespoon in size, onto one baking sheet.
  11. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  12. Bake the cookies at 350°F for 5-7 minutes or until the centers no longer look wet.
  13. Let cool on the baking sheet before serving.

Notes

If the dough is too sticky after 30 minut rest, place in the fridge for another 15-30 minutes.

Keywords: chocolate, orange, grand mariner, cookies

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2 Comments

  1. Step 4 in the instructions has coffee as an ingredient. I do not see this listed. Could you clarify?

    • hungrygirlinqueens

      Hi Renee! Thanks for letting me know. It has been removed. Lost the recipes from a few posts earlier this week so was trying to recreate them as quickly as possible. The base of this recipe is the same as my chocolate olive oil cookies and that one has coffee grounds as an ingredient. Hope you were able to make the cookies and enjoyed them! Let me know if you have any more questions!

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