Chocolate Orange Tea Drops

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 19 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Cooling Time:
Yields: 24 cookies (2 dozen)


These lively and fresh tasting Chocolate Orange Tea Drops have a subtle hint of orange flavor that pairs perfectly with chocolate to create a great dessert.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 ozs. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels


PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Lightly grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour and salt in small bowl. Beat butter, sugar, cream cheese, egg, orange peel and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until creamy. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.

BAKE for 12 to 14 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Flavorful, Delicate cookies

by S. Sarah , , on May. 2010

These tea drops had great orange flavor and were easy to make. The texture was delicate as well--something different from most cookies.

Chocolate Orange Tea Drops

by N. Noreen , Burlington, MA on Apr. 2009

I added a little more of the orange zest and it gave a nice orange flavor. My family loved them.

Chocolate Orange Tea Drops

by F. Fran , Derby, NY on May. 2006

Took some to friends house and absolutely big hit. Have made again already and will continue to do so. Excellent flavor.

Chocolate Orange Tea Drops

by S. Shirley , VERNER, WV on May. 2005

My Grandchildren love cookies, it's their favorite dessert. I knew they would be here for the week end so I made these chocolate orange drops they were so good. The children took the rest of them home. They really enjoyed their cookies.

Chocolate Orange Tea drops

by l. lucille , BURNABY, BC on Apr. 2005

I baked these cookies, and they were a big hit, but unfortunately I did not have any chocolate chips, so next time, they will be out of this world for a coffee break.

Tea drops

by B. Brenda , WAVELAND, MS on Apr. 2005

I used lemon zest and white chocolate chips instead of orange and chocolate. These were very good. Of course I love lemon so when I have an opportunity to alter the recipe I do.

great with tea!

by B. Bonnie , Fort Worth, TX on Apr. 2005

I belong to a British Ladies Group. We meet monthly for a business meeting and then have tea. These are perfect with tea and my British friends love them as they are not to sweet!

Need More Flour

by G. Gaye , SAINT PETERS, MO on Jan. 2005

These cookies were very tasty and my whole family liked them. Next time I make them I'll increase the flour to 1 1/2 cups because I think they need more texture.

chocolate orange tea drops

by r. rosemary , WESTPORT, MA on Jan. 2005

I thought these were very good except could have had more of an orange flavor. The next time I bake these I would add more orange zest + I would use orange flavoring instead of the vanilla to see how they come out. Very nice soft texture.

chocolate orange tea drops

by d. dena , trevose, PA on Nov. 2004

These were delicious. My father most enjoyed them as they were not to sweet, just right! AND easy to make.