- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons grated orange peel
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
- 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
- Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt until blended. Beat in orange peel and vanilla. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in almonds.
- Shape dough into 1-in. balls; place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Flatten with bottom of a glass dipped in sugar.
- Bake until firm, 20-25 minutes. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
- For glaze, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Dip each cookie halfway in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle with almonds. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Yield: about 6 dozen.
Reviews for Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies
"I gave it four stars only because it would not have been a strong enough flavor for me as written. I added some orange extract to the chocolate and just a bit to the cookie as well. Excellent orange flavor! I will probably add more orange zest the next time to bump it up more, I love citrus. Great texture. My boys gobbled them up."
"I asked my SIL what cookies she would like for a massive platter on xmas eve with our blended families. She mentioned these orange/chocolate cookies & honestly I couldn't remember making them since I made them only one time many years ago straight from the magazine. After I searched online and found the recipe again, I decided to give them a whirl. I added a bit of orange extract along with the vanilla. Take these out of the oven before they brown. These are so refreshing & different for a cookie platter-they make a nice presentation. A great adult style-not too sweet-perfect with coffee or tea. I love orange & chocolate together & the cookie itself melts in your mouth. Thank you taste of home for this online resource..without it I'd be up a creek with no cookie."
"This was a new addition to our Christmas cookies this year. It is wonderul, not too sweet, stays moist and a refreshing change of flavor. I used pecan chips for ease and they tasted fabulous."
"These cookies are fabulous. Add nothing more, nothing less...people love them!"
"I've only made this once and the chocolate came out more like frosting than a glaze so I just spread it on one half instead of dipping. I'm making another batch tomorrow for a cookie exchange--we'll see if that is any different. (Obviously, I liked them enough to make again.)"
"I made these today. I think I would add a littler orange extract to them the next time I make them because they could use a little more orange flavor. Also, I might try toasting the almonds that I sprikle on."
"The essence of orange along with the semi sweet chocolate make these treats special. The cookie melts in your mouth. I used pecans because that is what I had on hand. Absolutely fabulous and so pretty for Christmas."