Those chocolate orange balls that you eat around Christmastime. Chocolate covered orange peel. Chocolate bars with candied citrus. Yup, I'm a sucker for basically anything in the chocolate-orange category. Yet I didn't have a recipe for chocolate-orange cookies—something I finally decided to remedy.
The first cookies I made were soft chocolate drop cookies studded with pieces of candied orange. They were fine, but only having the occasional pop of orange flavor wasn't enough to satisfy my craving. I wanted uniformly chocolatey-orangey cookies. I also decided soft wasn't the right texture for this flavor combination. Chewy, for whatever reason, seemed like the better way to go.
So instead, I used the tried and true combination of orange zest and juice to give the cookies a bright citrus flavor. Unsweetened cocoa powder adds the backbone of dark chocolate, while a good dose of plain white sugar marries the two. These cookies are bendy and chewy, with just the lightest crispness up top. "Like the edge of a brownie," said one friend who graciously ate a whole pan acted as cookie tester.
Want to make these kid friendly? Hand them a cookie with a glass of milk. These guys make great dunkers.