I don't know about where you live, but in Pennsylvania, Old Man Winter has definitely made his presence known in the past few days. Sending in snow, cold temps, and wind. Gusty, bone-chilling wind.. I have been making brownies, hot chocolate cookies and rustic pies lately, but decided I wanted to make something springy.And citrusy.And bright. For Christmas I made batches and batches of cookies.From scratch. And I totally cheated on this recipe and used premade sugar cookie mix. Shhh, don't tell! I saw this recipe on the Betty Crocker website, so I bookmarked it and added orange extract to my shopping list. I made a batch of these cookies this morning and they were perfect. Fun, orangey (is that a word?) and bright. Just what I was looking for. The taste is not quite like an orange creamsicle from my childhood, but it is close enough. The white chocolate chips give them a punch of sweetness. I will definitely make these again. And probably experiment with different extracts (hint, hint : raspberry and chocolate for Valentine's Day) .
* on a side note I did not color my cookies orange. I used all of my red food coloring making red velvet whoopie pies and did not want to run to the store for one thing. After all, I am out in the country. Just imagine them being a pretty orange color.
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
adapted from Betty Crocker
|1||pouch (1 lb 1.5 oz) Betty Crocker® sugar cookie mix|
|3||tablespoons butter or margarine, melted|
|2||teaspoons orange extract|
|5||drops yellow food color|
|2||drops red food color|
|1 1/2||cups white vanilla baking chips|
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- Heat oven to 350°F. In large bowl, stir all ingredients except baking chips until soft dough forms. Stir in baking chips.
- On ungreased cookie sheets, drop dough with 1 1/2 tablespoon-size cookie scoop or by rounded tablespoonfuls about 2 inches apart.
- Bake 9 to 10 minutes or just until dough is set (do not overbake). Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks. Cool completely.
Until next time,