These Chocolate Orange Snaps are super easy as well as unbelievably delicious! Roll out cookies with your kids for a special treat and an hour or so of baking fun!
One of my most vivid holiday memories as a kid was making cookies with my mom. Every year we would pull out gallon sized bags of sugar and get down to the business of making and decorating Christmas Sugar Cookies. As far as I was concerned, there was nothing better than sorting through our collection of holiday cookie cutters to find my favorite ones, rolling out the dough together and stamping out shapes to lay on cookie sheets.
Yet as delicious as sugar cookies may be, I must admit that making the same thing year after year can get a little ho hum. So this year, the kids and I have been making these holiday snaps combining two of their favorite flavors, chocolate and orange.
These cookies are insanely delicious — I actually have to hide them from my husband or he’ll eat them all — and the dough is really durable so you can keep rolling it out over and over again to make more cookies without worrying about it getting tough.
Baking cookies during the holidays is one of our favorite things to do as a family together. We make Soft and Sweet Molasses Roll Out Cookies, Eggnog Sugar Cookies, Cake Mix Sprinkle Cookies and have so much fun! Cookies make great gifts too for teachers, babysitters, postal workers or anyone special in your life!
This holiday season if you want to bake something with your kids that’s a little bit different than what you usually make, try these Chocolate Orange Snaps. I think you’ll agree that there’s nothing Ho Ho Hum about them!
Chocolate Orange Snaps
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons milk
- Preheat oven to 350 F.
- In a bowl, whisk the flour, salt, cocoa and baking powder.
- Using a standing mixer or hand mixer in a bowl, cream the sugar and butter for 3-4 minutes until it is light and airy.
- Add the egg and orange zest and mix for an additional minute.
- Slowly add the dry ingredients into the wet until the dough comes together.
- Remove and shape the dough into a flat disk and place between two pieces of parchment paper.*
- Roll dough out until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into shapes using cookie cutters.
- Place cookies on a Silpat or parchment lined baking sheet and bake: 10 minutes if you want your cookies to be slightly soft or 12 minutes if you like them crispy.
- Cool and serve.
- For the optional icing:
- Combine the ingredients in a bowl.
- Use to decorate the cookies.
- * Dough can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks at this step.
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Use as much brown sugar as you have! Then add white sugar for the rest. Or, if you have molasses you can mix that into your white sugar to make brown sugar!
Am I able to substitute an ingredient for the brown sugar? I just realized I don’t have half a cup for this recipe! Everything else is ready to go to make them!
Can’t wait to try these this year!! LOVE the fun video!
That won’t work for this recipe because these cookies need to have that crisp snap! The applesauce just doesn’t do that like butter does!
Can i use applesauce as a substitute for butter?
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Absolutely delicious!!!!! Made JUST as printed and I LOVED them. Not too sweet and each bite seemed to taste better. Thanks so much!
I made these using all whole wheat flour and added a few dark chocolate chips as well as a little oj and they were DELISH!!!! I used a cookie scoop and then flattened them like a sugar cookie since I didn’t have any cookie cutters 🙂
So, soooo yummy! Thanks for another great recipe.
made these today- deelish!
I found the dough really wet, but ok once I rolled them out in flour (I was out of greaseproof paper anyway!) The biscuits are lush – thanks! Merry Christmas!
I would guess you could cut the shapes freeze them raw then bake when ready.
I asked the same question for the snowballs…do these freeze well? I have a Birthday Party for my daughter and want to make some things ahead for the kids to eat and decorate at the party. 🙂
These sound delicious!
My three year old son and I made these today and they’re really wonderful. I’d love to give these a minty twist. What would you suggest to use for a minty flavor in place of the orange zest?
My son and I made these today for his holiday concert tomorrow (numerous 4 year olds singing carols–hope I can make it through without melting completely). Such an easy recipe and the cookies are delicious. Thank you!
Do you think this dough would be okay to make a house out of it instead of gingerbread?? I want to make some houses as gifts but not all my family is fond of ginger bread but I bet all would love chocolate orange. Ive never made houses before so not sure if the dough is different. Thanks.
They’re mini cookie cutters that I bought at Michael’s Craft Store. This recipe makes dozens and dozens of cookie if you use the mini cookie cutters.
Love those shapes! Are those mini cookie cutters, or regular sized cutters? Would love to get them if you can share which ones you use. This recipe looks great and very promising. (I agree about the ho hum sugar cookies!)
These are really delicious Catherine! My 4 yr. old said, “I’m so in love with these. I just can’t stop eating them!”
Ooh I love the combo of chocolate+orange! I’m excited to give these a try. 🙂 I think I’ll try whole wheat pastry flour–hope it works okay.
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Unsweetened cocoa powder 🙂
Do you use sweetened or unsweetened cocoa powder?
To make icing for them I would mix a cup of powdered sugar with one or two tbsp of milk until it’s creamy and spreadable. They’re beautiful decorated!
Hi Catherine, do you make an icing of 10x & water or do you do something else for your icing? thanks
Mmmmm sounds delish! I love making Christmas cookies. My mom & I still get together to do our favorites. I’ll be adding these to our list!