Orange Dreamsicle Cookies are my addition to the Fill The Cookie Jar group of bakers! Every month, I get together with some great bakers to share cookie and bar recipes. Each month, we have a theme. This month our theme is patriotic/Independence day.
Last year, I baked some Red, White and Blue Sugar cookies. I had a lot of fun playing with the dough. I kept thinking about what kind of cookie represented Independence Day. I just couldn’t come up with anything. I was thinking I would have to drop out of the group for the month.
Monday, I was hit with inspiration! I was outside working in the yard and wishing a I had something cool and refreshing. The thought of Dreamsicles came to me. I loved them as a child and still love them as an adult.
When I was around 9 – 12, my family and I lived in El Paso, Texas. It would get up to 110 in the summer. I used to belong to a swim team and every morning I got up early to swim my laps. The pool was kitty corner from our house, so I would walk there. I hated to wear shoes (still do), so I would run across the street as fast as I could in my bare feet. Sometimes I would throw my towel on the ground for a minute to give them a little break before I started to run again!
Needless to say, coming home to a Dreamsicle was the perfect way to end the day – or a great afternoon snack. I am so glad I found this recipe for these cookies. They are fresh tasting and remind me of childhood.
Orange Dreamsicle Cookies
Sweet orange and white chocolate chips make the perfect summer cookie.
- 2½ cups all purpose flour
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks, softened
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp orange extract
- 2 TBL 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, vanilla and orange extract until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto un-greased cookie sheets. Bake 8 minutes or until golden brown around edges. These cookies are soft and not at all dry. Cool on cookie sheet for several minutes before placing on a rack to cool completely.