Chocolate Orange Blossoms

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The chocolate orange blossoms on a holiday plate.

I have never made blossom cookies before and now I’m wondering where they’ve been all my life. I’ve seen them but never had one, so I knew what they were. Classic blossoms are peanut butter in flavor but I was making these for a school party and didn’t want any nuts or nut products.

Since many people associate orange with the holidays, I decided to add a bit of orange zest to the batter for that hint of citrus. You know the orange is there but it’s not overwhelming at all. I must say that blossom cookies are a favorite for many folks. I have never made them before but have enjoyed them on occasion.

Sometimes when you mess with a classic it’s a fail. Not this time. The orange is a win. I do want to share a tip. Before you put the first batch in the oven unwrap all of the kisses. A good task for kids, by the way. When you gently press the kiss into the cookie you want it to be warm so the kiss will melt into the cookie a bit making it stick. Unwrapping the kisses is not something you want to be doing as the cookies come out of the oven.

Chocolate Orange Blossoms

A classic flavor combination.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time1 hour 15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Desserts and Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 dozen cookies


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Sugar for rolling
  • 48 milk chocolate Hershey Kisses


  • In a large bowl combine 1/2 cup sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, shortening and butter; beat until light and fluffy. Add orange peel, vanilla and egg; blend well. Add flour, baking soda and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Shape dough into 1-inch balls, using a scoop, roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on parchment lined baking sheets.
  • Bake at 375 degrees F. for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Immediately top each cookie with a Hershey Kiss, pressing firmly so cookie gently cracks around edges. Remove fro cookie sheets to cooling racks to cool completely.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Pillsbury Best Cookie Cookbook
Chocolate orange blossoms are a delicious update to an old classic.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I have very fond memories of my mom making these when I was a kid and haven’t been able to find the recipe. Really special to have them again! Cheers!

  2. Chocolate and orange are the perfect pairing for the holidays. They’re so delicious together. I’m totally making these for our holiday party. SO delicious looking.

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