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Chocolate Orange with hazelnuts cookies resting on a wooden cutting board.

Chocolate Orange with Hazelnuts Cookies

Barbara Hall
Chocolate and oranges go together so well. Bright citrus versus deep chocolate. And then for my crunch, hazelnuts sounded divine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Chill 30 mins
Total Time 57 mins
Course Cookies, Nuts
Cuisine American
Servings 24 cookies
Calories 179 kcal


  • 1 ¾ cup All purpose flour 210 g
  • ¾ cup Unsweetened cocoa powder 63 g
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda 3 g
  • ¼ teaspoon Baking powder 1 g
  • 12 tablespoon Butter unsalted 1 ½ sticks softened
  • ½ cup Sugar white 99 g
  • 1 cup Light brown sugar 213 g
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoon Orange juice fresh 1 orange
  • 2 tablespoon Orange zest 1 orange
  • 1 cup Hazelnuts plus more for topping
  • 2 Eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher Salt


  • Zest 1 orange into a bowl and set aside. Cut the orange in half and juice each half into a separate bowl and set it aside. Weigh or measure into a medium bowl the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder, then run a whisk through to blend. Set this bowl aside. In a small bowl, weigh or measure your white and light brown sugars and set this bowl aside.
  • In a stand or a handheld mixer and blend the butter and sugars for about 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides and add orange juice, orange zest, vanilla extract, and incorporate. Next, add one egg at a time and blend till smooth.
  • Turn the mixer down to low and gradually add the flour mixture to the bowl till all the flour is blended in. Stop the mixer and add the hazelnuts and turn the mixer back on for about 30 seconds or so to get the hazelnuts mixed into the batter. Cover and put into the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Preheat your oven to 350° and line 2 cookie pans with parchment paper. (I have not cooked these cookies with silicone mats, so not sure how they will turn out.) I use an OXO Good Grips Cookie Scoop Small because I like small cookies that are easy to handle, but you can make bigger ones but add a minute or two to the baking time. I add a few hazelnuts to the top and press in slightly.
  • Put into the oven and bake for 12 to 14 minutes. Watch for them to start to crack on the top just a little then pull them out. Leave them on the pan for a minute or two before moving them to the cooling rack.


Calories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 3gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 2gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 201IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate hazelnut cookies, chocolate orange cookies
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