Chocolate Orange Blossoms

  Everyone has been asking for cookies at our house, so decided to give this recipe a try. No one is too fond of peanut butter and this looked like a nice take on that recipe.
  The orange peel in the cookies really added to the flavor. Mine came out a little flatter than the picture in the book, Pillsbury Home Baking, 1990 paperback. However, they were a hit with everyone. 
Chocolate Orange Blossoms
½ cup sugar
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
½ cup shortening
1 tablespoon grated orange peel
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
1 ¾ cup all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
48 chocolate candy kisses
In large bowl, beat ½ cup sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, shortening and margarine until light and fluffy. Add orange peel, vanilla and egg; blend well.
Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Cover with plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour for easier handling.
  Heat oven to 375°F.  Shape dough into 1 inch balls, dip in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Immediately top each cookie with a candy kiss, pressing down firmly so cookie cracks around edges; remove from cookie sheets. 4 dozen cookies


  1. dear myrna,

    how much sugar we use in this recipe? thanks...

  2. Hi, Happy Thanksgiving. The amount of sugar on the bottom of the recipe is just to dip the cookies in. I usually start out with about 1/8 to 1/4 of a cup. You can always add a little more to the dish if you need it.
    Right after it says heat oven to 375° it says to dip balls in sugar. Hope this helps.

  3. I remember that cookbook...we have been making these since that issue came out and they're always a hit!


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