Monday, December 17, 2012

Orange Creamsicle Cookies

 I've been looking for a really good orange cookie for AGES and now I'm happy to say EUREKA! I've discovered it! I suppose I could have developed my own recipe, but I've found SO many fun and new recipes while searching for this one that it was definitely worth the trip. It's actually just a basic cookie recipe with the addition of fresh orange zest and white chocolate chips. Now why didn't I think of that?? Sometimes the simplest things are the best! I saw this on Pinterest from a blog called The Girl Who Ate Everything, who got it from a blog called Baked Perfection. Sharing is caring!!
 This is the perfect cookie for friends like Jerry and Angel who aren't particularly fond of chocolate. (I know, I know, it makes no sense to me either....)

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest
2 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and creamy. Beat in egg and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Do not flatten cookies; it will make them dry. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Do not overcook! Cookies will be plump. Cool for several minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

To make them even more orangetastic, add a couple drops of orange extract to the batter. Yum!

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