Creamsicle Cookies


This month’s What’s Baking challenge was chosen by Melissa from I Was Born to Cook.  She chose “Snow Day Treat.”

It’s a good thing I didn’t actually wait for a snow day.

Now, don’t get me wrong.  Here in Denver, we’ve gotten a few snows that would shut certain cities down for days.  But around here,  6-8 inches around rush hour is just enough to be a pain in the ass.

But not enough to warrant a snow day.  We got to get a good foot of snow for that to happen.

And so far this winter, no such luck. We’ll probably get that in like May.

For now, I’m enjoying this 50 degree January.

But in the spirit of this challenge, I chose to pretend it was a snow day.

When I think of Snow Day Treats, I think of something that can be made without running to the store.  Because let’s be honest, snow days are for staying in your PJs.

Last time I had a snow day, I made Everything Pretzels.  I love working with yeast on snow days.  Rising times are jsut perfect for watching mindless tv or taking a nap.

But, if I’m not feeling yeast, I make cookies.  I always have everything on hand to make cookies.  You just never know when the mood will strike to make cookies.  And I find, when that mood comes, I don’t want to stop and go to the store.

When I saw these cookies, I knew I had to make them, pronto.  I have stacks and stacks and lists and lists of desserts to try.  When one gets immediately moved to the top of the list, you know it’s gonna be good.  And whoa, were they good.  Much like the Dreamsicle Ice Cream from this summer, these cookies had the perfect orange-vanilla combo.  We had some friends over for dinner, and I brought out these for dessert.  The 4 of us almost polished off the entire batch.  Just. Could. Not. Stop. Eating. Cookies.

Don’t wait for a snow day.  Make these this weekend.

One year ago: Cranberry Scones and Leek and Potato Soup
Two years ago: One-Pot Pasta con Broccoli (and ready in less than 20 minutes!)

Creamsicle Cookies
as seen on A Bitchin Kitchen, originally from Baked Perfection

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
zest of 2 oranges
1 3/4 cups white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars together until creamy.  Beat in egg and vanilla until incorporated.  Gradually beat in flour mixture, being careful not to over mix.

Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.

Using a medium cookie scoop, scoop dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment or a silicone mat.   Bake for 8-9 minutes, until just golden around the edges.  Yields 2 1/2 dozen cookies.



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