Orange Chocolate Lava Cookies

Have you ever had one of those big chocolate oranges? I always thought they were weird, but it turns out orange and chocolate together is brilliant and delicious. I guess those chocolate orange people were right all along šŸ˜‰

Is it just me, or do things seem fancier when they have a filling? It’s pretty deceptive, really. These are just as easy to make as chocolate chip cookies, but it’s so much more fun to take a bite and have melty, gooey, rich chocolate surprise you in the middle.

Apparently this chocolate was too impatient, and couldn’t wait to be a surprise. Silly chocolate.

I love surprises. Poor Steve…I always tell him “I require a lot of surprises.” Whether it’s coffee, fro yo (my #1 fav surprise), or a note, it just makes me happy. :)

But ya know what I do not prefer? When someone tells you they have a surprise for you, and then refuses to tell you what it is!! What is that about? If you have a surprise, then just surprise me! Don’t tell me you’re going to surprise me! I can’t deal with not knowing things, people!

Clearly, I am the easiest person on Earth to be married to. I bet you’re all sad that you didn’t scoop me up first. Sorry guys. I know it sucks.

But seriously, I like to think that my baking at least slightly makes up for the fact that I’m kind of an obnoxious human being. I mean, I still have friends, so it must be the cookies.

This is where you compliment me, and tell me I have a personality that shines like a star, or something cheesey like that. Ready, go!

Okay, back to the cookies, because these cookies are ridiculous. Sweet, citrusy, chocolatey, tons of flavors and textures all fitting together to make up cookie heaven.

I’m on a bit of an orange dessert kick it seems. Which is funny, because I don’t even like actual oranges. Or orange juice. But I do like these…and also these.


Orange Chocolate Lava Cookies

  • 1 1/4 cups gluten-free baking blendĀ (or white whole wheat flour)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • dash salt
  • 1/2 cup granulatedĀ sugar
  • 1 tbs orange zest
  • 1/4 cup fat free cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup apple butter
  • 1 tbs fresh orange juice
  • 1 egg white
  • 4 oz dark chocolate (small squares or coarsely chopped)
For the glaze:
  • Ā½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbs orangeĀ juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together baking blend, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix together sugar and orange zest. Then beat in cream cheese, apple butter, egg white, and orange juice until combined.
  4. Beat dry ingredients into wet until combined, scraping down sides of the bowl as necessary,
  5. Roll cookies into 1″ balls, then stuff with a 1/4 tsp size chunk of dark chocolate (eye ball it–you want to make sure it is bigger than a chocolate chip, but that the dough can still cover it completely). Re-roll into 1″ ball, making sure all chocolate is covered. Repeat with remaining dough.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until golden. Let stand for 3-5 minutes on baking sheet before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Meanwhile, in a small-medium mixing bowl, whisk together powdered sugar andĀ 1 tbsĀ orange juice. Slowly continue to add more orange juiceĀ (and I meanĀ very slowly. A little bit of liquid goes a long way with powdered sugar) until desired drippy consistency.
  8. Dip tops of completely cooled cookies into the glaze, then let stand to set on a flat surface.



  1. says

    Hello Ari,
    that is such a nice recipe. Can you tell me how many Cookies you get out of one recipe ?
    I think IĀ“ll take those Cookies for my Cookie Swap in December.
    Kindest regards from Germany

  2. Rebecca says

    These look delicious! I’ve been searching for an orange chocolate cookie recipe and can’t wait to try these. I’m going to make them tonight, and hopefully bring them to my office’s holiday cookie party next week. I do have one question. The recipe mentions Splenda, but that wasn’t on the ingredient list. Was this an error?


  3. Rebecca says

    Thanks Ari!

    Also, where did you find your honey apple butter? Does regular country apple butter work just as well?



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