I joined another monthly blog challenge. This one's all about cookies! I'm hoping that the cookie one and the salad one will cancel each other out! ;) It's hosted by Cynthia of Feeding Big. I rarely make cookies, but I have been wanting to get my girls more involved in the kitchen and I think making cookies is a good way to do that. Having them help at dinner just doesn't work that well for me as I have been alone with them all day and am definitely needing a break when it's time to make dinner. So having them help me make cookies earlier in the day is perfect.
This month's theme is Kids' Favorites/Back to School. My kids don't go back to school until after Labor Day, so I am nowhere near ready to think about that yet. So I decided to post a cookie recipe that is definitely a huge hit with my kids and is perfect for this time of year. I actually made these cookies last summer, but never got around to posting the recipe. The flavors in these cookies are reminiscent of the summertime classic, the orange creamsicle. Orange zest and extract combine with vanilla chips for a fun sweet treat. I got the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
2½ cups flour
¾ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1½ tsp orange extract
2 tbsp orange zest
2 cups white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375°.
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 orange extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.
Drop rounded spoonfuls 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.
Makes 3½ dozen small (2½”) cookies.
Oh boy, are these good! They have just the right amount of orange hint to them (I added some orange extract to up the orange flavor a bit) and the white chips are so tasty. I made these for a small party we had the day my niece was baptized and they were a huge hit. I made them again later that month for a home blessing potluck.
If you like creamsicle-inspired desserts, check out the Orange Creamsicle Cake I posted earlier this week.
Come back next month to see what fall-themed cookie I come up with.