Tuesday, August 23, 2011

White Chocolate Orange Cookies

Lesson learned from having a food blog: People will often sucker you into baking them things. Okay, so I wasn't "suckered" into baking these cookies, but wanted to share them with some co-workers before I left for the new school year. (Yes, I am seriously back-logged on my blogs).

I'd been wanting to make some cookies, because they are very low maintenance for people who are quite busy (like I've been finding myself), and easy to share with a crowd. I found a recipe here that sounded simple and unique! I've had white chocolate cookies, but these were an interesting twist with orange and walnuts in lieu of the normal macadamia nuts. And they certainly were delightful. The creaminess of the white chocolate and hint of orange was reminiscent of my childhood Dreamsicle days, and they disappeared quickly at work! After I baked the cookie, I also decided to do a quick orange glaze, because I had the ingredients on hand, and it was really easy. It also helped to add a little oomph of orange, and kept the cookie nice and moist. (They will still be great if you choose to make them without the glaze, you just may want to increase the orange zest to 1 1/2-2 teaspoons).

Cookie Ingredients
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon orange zest (make sure not to get any of the white part of the orange in the zest--it's very bitter)
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups white chocolate chips
* Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts (best with walnuts!)
Cookie Directions
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
* Beat in the egg and orange zest.
* Sift the flour, sugar, and salt. Then, stir this dry mixture into the wet mixture.
* Stir in the white chocolate chips and walnuts.
* Form the cookie mixture into 1-2 inch balls, and drop onto greased baking sheet.
* Bake for 10-12 minutes.
* Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
* Allow the cookies to cool completely before glazing them.

Glaze Ingredients
* 1/4 cup orange juice (used the juice of the orange I zested)
* 1 c powdered sugar
* 1 tablespoon butter

Quick & Easy Glaze Directions
* Microwave the orange juice and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds (until powdered sugar dissolves).
* Then, whisk in the butter.
* That's seriously it! Just make sure to wait to glaze the cookies until the cookies are room temperature, and you've given the glaze about 10 minutes or so to cool and set up.

* Glaze the cookies, and enjoy!


~ Stay fresh! xoxo

** Recipe sans pictures:
Cookie Ingredients
* 1 cup butter, softened
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tablespoon orange zest (if don't make orange glaze- bump up orange zest to 2 tablespoons, and make sure not to get any of the white part of the orange in the zest--it's very bitter)
* 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 cups white chocolate chips
* Optional: 1 cup chopped walnuts (best with walnuts!)

Cookie Directions
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
* Cream the butter and sugar together until fluffy.
* Beat in the egg and orange zest.
* Sift the flour, sugar, and salt. Then, stir this dry mixture into the wet mixture.
* Stir in the white chocolate chips and walnuts.
* Form the cookie mixture into balls, and drop and baking sheet.
* Bake for 10-12 minutes.
* Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet, and then transfer them to a wire rack to finish cooling.
* Allow the cookies to cool completely before glazing them.

Glaze Ingredients
* 1/4 cup orange juice (used the juice of the orange I zested)
* 1 c powdered sugar
* 1 tablespoon butter

Quick & Easy Glaze Directions
* Microwave the orange juice and powdered sugar for about 30 seconds (until powdered sugar dissolves).
* Then, whisk in the butter.
* That's seriously it! Just make sure to wait to glaze the cookies until the cookies are room temperature, and you've given the glaze about 10 minutes or so to cool and set up.
* Glaze the cookies, and enjoy!

2 comments:

  1. Yummm can't wait to try these!

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  2. I love the white chocolate orange combination and these look delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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