12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 2: Orange Drops with Dark Chocolate Drizzle

Chocolate orange drops

So I randomly found this recipe some time ago.  It is from the Minnesota Star Tribune in 2007, who got it from Traditional Home Magazine from I have no idea when. (If you know the original credit from the Traditional Home Magazine, please let me know so I can give them credit and thanks!)  I haven’t changed it at all really, except a few minor things that are due to me just substituting what I had on hand!

With all the cookies to make in the world, why this one? Chocolate and orange, silly.  A classic combination that lots of people love.  Thankfully I am not a huge fan, but my people are! So I make it. Plus, these little lovelies looks so pretty and fancy – a perfect unique cookie to have in the cookie-tin!  When I made them for a cookie exchange, they were a big hit: everyone asked for this recipe.  That is when you know it is a keeper!

12 Days of Christmas Cookies, Day 2: Orange Drops with Dark Chocolate Drizzle


  • 1 cup butter + 4 TBSP.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. finely grated orange zest
  • 2 cups all purpose flour + flour for rolling the dough
  • ¼ cup orange marmalade
  • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 375°.

Beat butter, 30 seconds. Add the sugar and cream until combined.

Beat in egg yolk and zest.

Mixing on low, add the flour until combined.

Roll out the dough to ¼ inch. Using 2” round cutter, cut into rounds. Add a thumbprint in the center, and add a ¼ tsp of the marmalade.

Bake for 12 minutes, until the edges are slightly browned.

Cool on a rack.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate, adding the 4 TBSP. butter, whisking until smooth.

Dip each cooled cookie in to ½ way and place on a sheet of waxed paper until set. * I have drizzled the chocolate from a ziplock bag as well over the top, to make a pretty cookie design with way less mess of the chocolate. ALSO- semi-sweet chocolate works just fine!


You will notice that this recipe doesn't call for baking soda or powder. That is NOT a mistake!


Even better with this one, is that my kids really don’t like any kind of jam, let alone marmalade, so they don’t attack these like vultures.  I am usually trying my best to hide the cookies from them, in hopes that I might salvage one or two.

But tell me, these look really pretty, for adults, am I right?

orange chocolate cookie drops


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