Chocolate Chip Cookies with Vanilla Bean and Orange Zest

Tasty chocolate chip cookies jazzed up with vanilla beans and orange zest
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 48
Author Meme


  • 1 stick butter
  • 2/3 cup cream cheese reduced-fat
  • 2 cups brown sugar light or dark
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 vanilla beans scraped
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 2/3 cup whole white wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips about 8 ounces


  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter, cream cheese, and brown sugar. Add in the egg yolks, vanilla extract, vanilla bean {if using}, and orange zest. Remove from electric mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir into the butter-sugar mixture by hand. Fold in the chocolate chips and refrigerate at least 15 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 350*F. Very lightly grease baking sheets for oil or butter. Drop tablespoon full sized amounts of dough about 1 inch apart on greased cookie sheet. 
  • Flatten cookies and bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes; rotate pans, and bake another 3-4 minutes. 
  • Remove from oven and let cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.


Makes 4 dozen cookies