Chocolate Orange Thumbprint Cookies

Okay, you’re probably thinking to yourself: “But Ashley, Georgia, orange is a holiday flavor and it’s not the holidays anymore!” But, we think that orange is an underrated flavor and we’ve been craving some orange candies lately (that we can only get around the holidays), so we’ve got a recipe for Chocolate Orange Thumbprint Cookies for you this week! We added the chocolate because this weekend has been a rough one in which we’ve accidentally backed into a cardboard dumpster (no damage thankfully) on Friday and then on Sunday backed into a pole and busted out the tail light and messed up the bumper. So yeah, sometimes you just need some chocolate. We’re basically walking disasters and it’s a wonder that we haven’t totaled any cars. Oh wait, ya, we’ve done that too, never mind, let’s just talk about these cookies…

We just discovered these Christmas candies in the last couple of years, they’re called Chocolate Oranges. Have you heard of them? They’re basically just chocolate with an orange flavor (so it tastes like a chocolate orange, hence the name). Except it’s also shaped like an orange! Yes- it’s shaped like an orange. For real, it’s so exciting, like how did we not know these existed! You’re supposed to whack it and open it, but “whacking” it generally results in a broken hand (okay this is a bit extreme, but it does hurt!). So while they’re delicious they are impossible to open. Well, unless you’ve got a hammer or just drop it from shoulder height like we did. We feel a bit like a monkey struggling to open a coconut when we’re trying to eat these things…

Once you get it open though, you realize it was all worth it, because not only are they shaped like an orange, but when you drop it, the pieces come apart into orange slices. And these slices not only have the shape but they are also designed like a slice of orange. It’s basically the most magical thing ever and we are obsessed- if you couldn’t tell already! This past Christmas we were on the hunt for them as soon as stores started putting out Christmas decorations!

It’s the whole reason we’ve become lovers of the chocolate orange combination. We used to think it was stupid, that no body would want to eat that combination. But then we had these candies and it basically changed our lives. So, we’ve been eating chocolate orange like its going out of style, which I guess it kind of is, since no body talks about it after the Holidays are over. But we say it’s still winter and that means we can eat orange cookies. Actually, we might as well just eat them year round. So thats why in February we’re talking about the holidays- we really just want some orange cookies.

So, that’s what cookie we’ve got next! An orange and chocolate cookie. They are orangey and chocolatey. Basically, delicious. Technically these are called “thumbprint” cookies, but we used the butt of a spatula to make wells instead of “thumbprints.” But, Chocolate Orange Well Cookies just doesn’t have the same ring to it. Our love for chocolate had us making big wells and not thumbprints in our cookies- the bigger the hole the more chocolate we could stuff into it- so we win!


Chocolate Orange Thumbprint Cookies


  • 2 sticks butter room temp.
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice freshly squeezed

for the ganache

  • 2 tbsp cream*
  • 4 oz semi-sweet chocolate finely chopped


  1. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar. Beat in egg, vanilla, and orange juice until combined.

  2. Mix in dry ingredients, including zest, just until the dough is formed.

  3.  Roll the dough into 1 tbsp sized balls. Using the end of a spatula (or your thumb), and make a well in each cookie. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes.

  4. While the cookies are cooling, make your ganache. Chop your chocolate and put it in a heat safe bowl. Heat cream on the stove top until it just begins to simmer. Pour over the chocolate and whisk until smooth.

  5. Pour the ganache into a piping bag and pipe enough ganache into each cookie to fill the well. 

Recipe Notes

*we used coconut cream, but heavy cream will work just as well!

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