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Orange Chocolate Walnut Cookies

These are for real dark chocolate lovers. I love the orange (Grand Marnier) and chocolate combination, but if you don’t, these could be made completely chocolate with some vanilla extract or other flavor (such as Sambuca) if desired.

Total time: 30 minutes. Makes about 16 large cookies.

Materials: Mixing bowl; measuring vessels; baking sheet(s). Missing materials or ingredients? Look here.

Ingredients (Substitutions):

  • 1 cup (4.5 oz) chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz) dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup (3 oz) milk chocolate chips
  • 1/4 stick butter
  • 1/2 tbsp liquor (I like Grand Marnier)
  • 7 tbsp (4 oz) apple sauce
  • 4 tbsp cocoa powder
  • Optional additional chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.
  2. Process or chop the 1 cup walnuts to get them in slightly smaller pieces. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Add 7 tbsp apple sauce and 4 tbsp cocoa powder and stir until combined.
  3. Melt the 1 cup total of chocolate chips with 1/4 stick butter in the microwave, about 1 minute.
  4. Add the 1/2 tbsp liquor to the chocolate mixture and stir until combined. Then, stir the melted chocolate mixture into the walnuts. Add additional chocolate chips or add-ins if desired.
  5. Freeze for 5 minutes or refrigerate for 10 minutes, until the batter is scoopable (should not be hardened, this is the tricky part).
  6. Roll dough into balls then flatten to 1/8″ thickness (thin) cookie rounds. Bake for ~7 minutes at 350˚F. Allow to cool completely before removing from pan. This is very important because otherwise they will fall apart. They will spread a lot and should caramelize nicely on the bottom.

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