Orange Creamsicle Cookies

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Orange Creamsicle Cookies

Does anyone remember Orange Creamsicle Popsicles from the ice cream truck?  Back in the day when ice cream trucks roamed the suburbs, we used to run outside and flag down the ice cream truck (which was always playing a never ending xylophone loop of “How much is that doggy in the window?“) and buy Orange Creamsicles with spare change we would “borrow” from the top of my dad’s dresser.

White chocolate chips were on sale at the market the other day, so I bought a whole bunch.  I racked my brain trying to figure out what to do with them… and the memory of Orange Creamsicles came to mind.  Why not make a cookie version of my favorite childhood frozen treat?  This might be my new favorite cookie recipe…

 

Orange Creamsicle Cookies:

  • 1/2 c. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. light brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. orange extract or flavoring
  • zest of 1 orange (optional)
  • 1 3/4 c. flour
  • 3 drops red & yellow food coloring
  • 1 c. white chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Sift the flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl.

2.  Cream the butter, brown sugar, and sugar.

3.  Mix in the egg, vanilla and orange extract, food coloring, and orange zest.

4.  Fold the butter mixture into the sifted dry ingredients.

5.  Mix in the white chocolate chips.

6.  Using a cookie scoop, form 1-1 1/2 inch balls on a parchment or silicone lined cookie sheet.

7.  Flatten each cookie dough ball with the back of a drinking glass.

8.  Bake for about 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cool on the sheet pan for at least 5 minutes before removing to paper towels (or a wire rack) to cool.

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