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Chocolate-Dipped Orange Cookies

These tender cookies are pretty to look at—and the combination of cream cheese, orange, chocolate and almonds makes them almost irresistible. —Linda Call, Falun, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling
  • Makes
    about 6 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup finely chopped blanched almonds
  • GLAZE:
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped blanched almonds

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°. In a large bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, sugar and salt until blended. Beat in orange zest 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cookie: 81 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 57mg sodium, 7g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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  • homemadewithlove
    Feb 4, 2017

    Great cookie for parties or cookie tins at Christmas. Love the chocolate and orange flavor! Cream cheese makes them tender. I also would add orange flavoring and more orange zest.

  • xtreme_sc2
    Jan 2, 2016

    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.

  • kredhead
    Dec 16, 2014

    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.

  • kompers
    Dec 8, 2012

    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.

  • mrsamylroy
    Dec 12, 2010

    These cookies are fabulous. Add nothing more, nothing less...people love them!

  • GrammaBakes
    Dec 10, 2010

    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.)

  • Miguet
    Dec 7, 2010

    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.

  • lightedway
    Dec 14, 2009

    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.