…that’s what my cookies have. Fresh, sweet orange steps-up for a pairing with coconut, vanilla & white chocolate for a delicate summer cookie, reminiscent of a Creamsicle. I use to love the popsicle as a kid and decided to create a desert in its likeness. After a little tweaking, I think we hit the flavors, and I will be making another batch soon since mine are already gone!
We will use the zest to capture a true orange essence in the cookie. A little coconut for texture and a combo of both vanilla and coconut extracts. We will also squeeze the juice from one of the oranges into the batter, which will thin it a bit, so I find freezing then baking makes for perfect cookies. (Otherwise room temp dough will yield cookies that are a little flattened). These are a nice, light dessert for warmer temps and they’re not overly sweet either. We can even dial this up a notch, freeze the cookies slightly, sandwich them around some vanilla bean ice cream, and we have an awesome ice cream sandwich! Okay, enough daydreaming, let’s bake…
It's summertime with these fresh orange vanilla cookies, just like a Creamsicle, but well, not frozen! These are light with just the right amount of sweet. Perfect with a cup of tea or during the summer. We will keep it light with basic flavors of orange, coconut, vanilla and white chocolate. Freeze the dough ahead of time for a convenient dessert option anytime.
What to get...
- 2 cups flour, sifted
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks), at room temp!
- 1/2 cup baker's sugar
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup fresh, orange zest (about 3 medium oranges worth)
- Juice from one of the oranges
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut (sweetened)
- 1 cup white chocolate chips
- 1/2 tsp coconut extract
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
What to do...
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
- Sift dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking soda).
- In bowl of electric mixer cream butter & sugars.
- Beat in eggs, vanilla & coconut extracts. (don't over beat)
- Gradually add the combined dry mix.
- Add shredded coconut, orange zest, juice of roughly one small orange, & combine.
- Stir in white choc chips.
- Place dough in glass or metal mixing bowl, cover with plastic wrap & freeze for at least 45 minutes, till very firm/frozen. (dough can stay in freezer if you want to bake another day, but bake dough freezer).
- Bake batches of cookies on parchment-lined sheet, making about a tablespoon-sized, small round. (smaller cookies work better for this recipe. Larger cookies will be too flat).
- Bake about 10-12 minutes, till only lightly browned on edges (check at about 8 minutes,cooking time may vary with oven and size of cookie).
- When ready, remove from oven and cool on parchment, on a cookie rack.
- these store well in an air-tight container, and can be frozen as well.
This is an easy cookie dough recipe, though adding the juice of one orange does thin out the batter somewhat. So, I freeze the dough and bake from frozen rounds. I make smaller-sized cookies, which bake-up perfectly! I hope you enjoy some soon.
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Who needs the ice cream man for a summer classic? Well, if I could find one maybe, but we have these delicious cookies to enjoy instead!