Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

What’s a favorite Christmas treat you love? Something that, as soon as you smell Mama or Granny baking away, you come running for some goodies. For me, it’s all about the cookies. :-)

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

When I think of Christmas, I think of oranges filling the toes of stockings. After all, I was raised on “Farmer Boy” and the rest of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s series “Little House on the Prairie.” Somewhere in recent years, however, the Christmas orange has been given a makeover, and now these special chocolate oranges adorn the seasonal shelves of every grocery store. In fact, a holiday chocolate orange is one of my mom’s favorite Christmastime treats, and they were the basic inspiration behind my new cookie recipe this year:

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

And folks, they are scrumptious & rich, and if you wanted to, you could wrap ‘em up & pop them into the toe of a Christmas stocking. (Or you could share this recipe with Santa, in case HE’s the stocking-filler in your house. *wink*) But the part you’ll love the very most? These are the most delicious, yet easy-peasy, recipe you can make this holiday season!

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

So let’s get to it, shall we? There’s no time like the present! (Heehee.)

You’ve heard of “cake mix cookies,” right? Cake mix cookies are the snappiest version of homemade you can make, and they taste great, too! You can mix & match flavors with add-ins & sprinkles, and you’ll have a new cookie every time. It’s SO EASY! People will think you’ve slaved away in the kitchen (when you haven’t), so make sure to rub the tell-tale swipe of flour on your forehead in the process, too. ;-)

I chose Duncan Hines Orange Supreme Cake mix as the base for my cookies, to easily get that yummy orange taste & beautiful orange color. Just dump it straight into a large mixing bowl. *thunk* See? EASY.

The ingredients.

To the cake mix, add a stick of butter and 2 eggs. *plunk, plop-plop* Now, because I’m a bit of a creamsicle girl at heart, I also added just a smidge of vanilla extract, too. *trickle* And then, to match the extra wet addition, I put in just a bit more flour as well. *swwwfftt*

(Keep in mind that I needed to make at least 3 dozen cookies, so I doubled everything in my photos. In other words, pretend that – ^^ up there ^^ – you see only ONE stick of butter, and only TWO eggs. Oh, and also less vanilla & flour. And pretend that you could even tell there were two cake mixes in that bowl to begin with, and then imagine that you only see ONE. Yeah – perfect.)

Mix all that together really well, and then you wind up with a pretty orange dough that looks a lot like this:

The dough.

Using your favorite 2″ scoop & perfectly orange scraper (of course!), portion out dough onto lined baking sheets. Leave room, as these cookies will spread a bit, too. Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the cookies are crinkly & set on top.

Using my new OXO spatula - thank you!

See that cute spatula?! I’m going to write more about it tomorrow, but for today, just know that OXO rules, and they have helped several of us food bloggers give back this year, via the 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap, raising money for the great cause – Cookies4Kids’ (cancer research). Even more perfect for my cookies, it is orange! :-)

Let the cookies cool completely, and then get ready for the dipping process. Spread a sheet of waxed paper over your counter, and grab your chocolate candy coating. Melt it in 30-second intervals in the microwave until it is smooth & fluid. Carefully dip a cookie in the chocolate until covered halfway.

Dipping the cookies in chocolate.

(Note my husband’s reluctant hand-modeling? Heehee.)

Carefully lay the cookie on the waxed paper, and while the chocolate is still wet, add a sprinkling of orange sanding sugar. Let the cookie cool until the chocolate has hardened once again.

Add just a bit of orange sprinkle.

Ta-da! That’s it! See how EASY these cookies are?! I promise, from start to finish, for just one batch, you’ll be in & out of the kitchen in an hour! And you’ll have amazing-tasting cookies to show for it – woohoo! *throws celebratory confetti holiday sprinkles*

Now, remember when I told you that you could make ANY number of great cookies using cake mix as your base? You really can! Here’s a quick list to get you started for some easy holiday baking. :-)

Pick a cake mix:
- chocolate
- white
- spice (PERFECT for the holidays!)
- lemon
- red velvet

Pick an add-in:
- extracts (orange, vanilla, peppermint, maple)
- chips (chocolate, caramel, mint, cherry, cinnamon)
- crushed peppermint
- chopped nuts
- festive sprinkles

Pick a dipper or drizzler:
- candy coating (almond bark or chocolate bark)
- melted chips (same as above)
- melted marshmallows
- melted peanut butter (or Nutella – yum!)

See? The possibilities are absolutely endless, and every cookie is unique! I can’t wait to see what you come up with, so please feel free to leave your favorite ideas in the comments!

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies
by Nicole Cleghorn, 2012

  • Duncan Hines Orange Supreme cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 stick)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1.5 Tbsp flour
  • 8 oz. chocolate candy coating
  • orange sanding sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350.

In a large mixing bowl, combine cake mix, eggs, butter, vanilla, and flour; beat until well-combined. Using a 2″ scoop, portion cookies onto parchment- or Silpat-lined baking sheets with plenty of space between (cookies will spread & flatten). Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the tops are crinkly & set.
Remove from baking sheets to wire racks to cool completely. (Because these are similar to cake, they will be nice & soft cookies – yum!)

Once cookies are cooled, melt chocolate candy coating in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well, until chocolate is melted and fluid. Immediately, begin dipping cookies. Hold a cookie carefully (remember, they’re soft!), and dip it in chocolate until the bottom half of the cookie is coated. Carefully lay the cookie onto a sheet of waxed paper; top with a sprinkle of orange sanding sugar, if desired. Allow chocolate to harden to room temperature.

Pack cookies in sealed containers among layers of waxed paper. Give as gifts, unless your family scarfs them down too quickly! Yield: 2 dozen cookies.

For even MORE tips on great cake mix cookies, check out these posts by sweet friends:

- Easy Cake Mix Cookies, by SweetSugarBelle
- 3 Christmas Cookie Recipes Using Cake Mixes, by Goodness Gracious
- Gooey Butter Lemon Cookies, by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

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10 comments on “Chocolate-Covered Orange Cookies.

  1. Wow! I love the look of these cookies. They sound delicious and look very enticing. Your last picture is gorgeous!

  2. Holy Moly these look yummy. I love the combo of orange & chocolate. Definitely going to have to try these. LOVE all the photos you took.

    • Thank you, Andrea! That’s so sweet of you to say, especially since I was really doubting so many of these photos. In this little apartment, I only have one window in the living room (and nothing in the kitchen at all), so I really-really struggle with food photos. You lifted my spirits! :-)

  3. Erica - From Millstones to Milestones on said:

    Looks good, if I can find any orange cake mixes around here, I might have to try it.

  4. Aimee @ ShugarySweets on said:

    These were so delicious! Excited for the recipe, thank you again!!!

  5. Kristen on said:

    Thanks for these, they were my kids favorite of the three kinds I received. I will be baking up a batch for them now that I have the recipe!

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