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Orange Chocolate Tea Cookies

tea on porch 4Times like these call for a hot cup of tea.  Lulled into a false sense of spring fever by the warm weather last week, we are now plunged back into winter weather with a bitter wind and even snow.  I am pretty sure by next week things will feel like spring again, but for now, we need to cope with this sudden blast of cold.  Hot tea is the most soothing and comforting drink I know, and tea tastes even better with cookies.  I wanted to make some cookies with a fruity flavor, but also with dark chocolate (since dark chocolate is good for us), and I have always loved the combination of orange and chocolate.  I built this recipe based on basic sugar cookie ingredients, and just added some orange zest, dark chocolate chips, and almonds.  The cookies are lightly sweet with a subtle orange flavor, and the unmistakable taste of dark chocolate.

tea on porch2A cup of tea and a plate of cookies signals comfort and quiet joy to me.  A pot of tea and a plate of cookies shared with a friend or family member invites intimate conversation and trust.  We are urged to slow down and wait for the tea to cool to a temperature we can drink.  We sit quietly and breathe in the aroma of the tea and let the steam warm our faces.  The warm liquid soothes our busy minds and allows us to think more clearly.  To drink tea and share cookies with someone is to slow down and savor the present moment with them.  To be present with someone or even to be present with oneself is a great gift.  We are able to hold the moment as it passes into the next, enveloped in a comforting glow of warmth, no matter what is going on in the outside world.  That, to me, is the beauty of cookies and a cup of tea. orange zesttea cookies on porch 3tea on table 3tea on table

Orange Chocolate Tea Cookies

  • Servings: about 36 to 42 cookies, depending on size
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  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, softened
  • 1 and 1/2 cups of unbleached, all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons of orange zest
  • 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of slivered almonds (optional)


Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Grate the peel of an orange for your orange zest.  In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with a wooden spoon.  Add half of the flour, and all of the sugar, egg, baking soda, vanilla, and orange zest.  Stir until well combined.  Add the rest of the flour and stir again, incorporating the dry ingredients into the moist batter.  Stir in the dark chocolate chips and the slivered almonds until well combined.  Drop the batter by a rounded teaspoon onto a baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.  (I like to made these cookies on the small side, to made them perfect to go with tea.)  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until the cookies are firm, yet soft, and lightly golden.  (The orange zest will make them lighter in color.)  Repeat until all the batter is baked.  Enjoy!


  1. Chef Amy at Remke Markets

    Jenny these are just delightful, I might make some up today!! I love orange and chocolate too!! 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Amy! I hope you enjoy them and I hope you have a good weekend!

  2. Espirational

    Love orange and chocolate. I have a pumpkin cookie recipe I use orange and chocolate in but will have to try these.

    • Jenny

      Thank you. Pumpkin cookies with orange and chocolate–that sounds really good too!

  3. lapetitepaniere

    The combination of orange and chocolate is always tasty and flavorful 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thanks Linda, yes I agree! And I love the smell of the orange as I am grating it for the zest. I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Debbie Spivey

    I love the orange and chocolate combination. YUM!!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Debbie! Me too. It reminds me of those chocolates shaped like orange slices and flavored with orange.

  5. polianthus

    love orange and chocolate luckily the weather is delightfully warm here so I will have to bookmark this for later in the year when it’s colder again !

    • Jenny

      Thank you! Lucky you, that you have warm weather. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

      • polianthus

        thank you you too!

  6. Julie is Hostess At Heart

    Jenny these cookies look just delicious! I love the orange and chocolate combination!

    • Jenny

      Thank you, Julie!


    You have everything in these tea cookies including almonds. Now, that’s a good threesome – chocolate, orange and almonds. I might have to make these… 🙂

    • Jenny

      Thank you! Yes, I love this combination too.:)

  8. Michelle

    Ohhhh YUMMO – this message came through at 1.45am & boy am I STARVING NOW!!! I had to get up to let the dogs out for a toilet stop & saw this light go off on my phone? You have inspired me ONCE AGAIN!!! Thanks for that and the recipe & photos are GORGEOUS. We are going into winter here & well I am GOING TO BE HAVING LOTS OF OCCASSIONS to share these DELICIOUS COOKIES with my invited guests I have a VERY EXCITING FUTURE COMING UP!! Have an AWESOME DAY!!!

    • Jenny

      Thanks, Michelle! Best wishes with everything coming up for you!

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