Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies

happy halloween

Believe it or not, Halloween is just around the corner! Kramer and I are really getting into the spirit this year – we’ve been working on our costumes for a while now, making sure that we have all of the elements necessary for an impressive Halloween costume. Last year, Kramer wore a really cool Dharma jumpsuit, but I kind of just threw on a Dharma lab coat that my brother lent me. Lesson learned: you’ve got to think it through! That’s why this year, I’m going to be Han Solo, while Kramer is going to be Wedge Antilles. Not to toot my own horn, but my costume is pretty freakin’ awesome, and when you see it, you’ll think so too, I promise you that. I can’t wait to throw it on and strut around in it in real life. Who doesn’t want to be Han Solo, right? The best part is that, while I didn’t get a blaster because I don’t want it to get taken away while I’m out in public, my holster belt is the perfect size for a bottle of beer. I really couldn’t ask for more.

To get everyone excited for the big day, I wanted to make these Halloween-themed cookies. I bought the tombstone cookie cutter online, and set to work! I ended specializing them for a friend’s birthday, and honestly, it was pretty funny to see “RIP Ryan” written on the cookies at the end of the day. However, these cookies are great on their own and would make a wonderful treat for any day of the week. They are quite chocolatey, but not too sweet, as I used bittersweet chocolate cocoa powder in the dough. The orange zest really comes through, too, so these end up tasting sort of like a cookie version of those delicious chocolate oranges wrapped in foil – you know the ones! These are an unfussy, visually appealing, and most importantly, easy to roll out chocolate sugar cookie. The possibilities for decorations are endless, and I hope that you share your creations with me! Happy Halloween!


Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Your ingredients (I doubled my batch).

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Combine your orange zest and sugar.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Rub the two together until the sugar is a pale orange color.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Add in your butter.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Beat the butter and sugar together until fluffy.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Then add in the eggs, one at at a time.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Then add in the flour mixture, gradually, until just moistened.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar CookiesDark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Roll out your dough, when it’s ready.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Then cut out your cookies.

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Place them on your baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 9-11 minutes, until firm.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Allow to cool completely before icing.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Whisk together your royal icing ingredients.

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Decorate however you like!

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
Happy Halloween!

Dark Chocolate Orange Sugar Cookies
 
Ingredients
Cookies
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for rolling out the dough
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1⅔ cups granulated sugar
  • zest of 2 oranges
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature, cubed
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
Royal Icing:
  • 3 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine your flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  2. Add your granulated sugar to the bowl of your stand mixer, then add in the orange zest. Using your hands, rub the zest and sugar together until the sugar is a pale orange. Add in the butter and beat until light and fluffy, then add in the eggs, one at at a time, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Add in the flour mixture and mix until just moistened. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  3. When the dough has chilled, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly flour your work surface, your hands, and your rolling pin, then turn the dough out onto it and roll out to about ⅛-inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until set. Continue rolling out the dough and baking until you have no more dough. Allow the cookies to cool completely before you ice them.
  4. To make your royal icing, simply beat together your confectioners' sugar, egg whites, lemon juice, and vanilla extract. You may need to use more confectioners' sugar to make the icing thick enough to pipe into lines around your cookies - go ahead and add it, about ¼ cup at a time, until you have the consistency you need. Alternatively, if you need your icing to be thinner, simply add more vanilla extract, lemon juice, or even water, whichever you prefer. I like using a squeeze bottle such as this to decorate my cookies, as I feel it allows for more control, but a piping bag fitted with a small tip works well, too. Allow the icing to harden before storing the cookies. These will keep well, separated by parchment or wax paper in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for 4-5 days.

19 Responses

  1. Megan says:

    LOVE chocolate and orange together.

  2. Amanda V says:

    I want to make these Right. Now. And every day until I no longer like dark chocolate + orange (neverr)

    This is so so genius, thank you!!!

  3. I love last years costumes! Kramer rocks the dharma jumpsuit, and you look like you worked with Julia in that lab coat. Can’t wait to see this years star wars theme.

    Love these cookies. Festive, and delicious I’m sure :)

  4. Right about now I am cursing my son’s gluten-free diet.

  5. JulieD says:

    These are so cute!!

  6. Ali says:

    what a perfect combo using orange and chocolate together, they always taste so great!! The cookies are so adorable. Happy Halloween.

  7. Johanna says:

    I love chocolate and orange together. This would be a great roll-out dough for christmas too!

  8. Jessica says:

    Oh my gosh! So I’ve been using your blog for almost a year now (probably have made at least 20 recipes from here) and this is the first time I’m commenting. Only to say that I was Han Solo for Halloween last year! I don’t know if this link from my facebook will work but check it out:

    http://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/photos-ak-snc1/v378/220/26/23422076/n23422076_43395894_9766.jpg?dl=1

    Anyway, love your site. Love your recipes. The Pumpkin Pie Snickerdoodles were a huge hit at my bonfire party, especially after I smacked a dollop of buttercream icing on top.

    • Sydney says:

      I love your costume – it looks awesome! Buttercream icing on those cookies sounds too good – I’d eat one for breakfast right now if I could.

  9. Bookmarking this to make for Christmas…..I’m thinking stars!! Mmm…..Love dark chocolate and orange together. We are HUGE snickerdoodle fans…so I must check out your pumpkin snickerdoodle recipe too. :)

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