Orange Creamcicle (more like Dreamcicle) Cookies

As the summer winds to a close, you will probably hear less of the hurdy gurdy music that the Ice Cream Man plays as he passes lazily through your neighborhood. Have no fear though! You can get the great taste of those frozen Creamcicle treats right in your own kitchen. Just use this recipe for Orange Creamcicle Cookies that I found on the boards. The photo on Pinterest looks like this:

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons orange zest (for me that was the zest of 2 oranges)
2 cups white chocolate chips

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

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 and vanilla until smooth. Gradually add flour mixture until combined. Stir in orange zest and white chocolate chips.
Drop rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. Do not flatten cookies; it will make them dry. Bake 8 – 10 minutes or until golden brown around edges. Do not overcook! Cookies will be plump. Cool for several minutes on cookie sheets before transferring to rack to cool completely. Store in airtight container.

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First I set aside the flour, salt and baking soda.

Then I combined the butter and sugars and until they were fluffy.

Then the egg and vanilla were beaten into the batter.

The instructions say to add the orange zest after the batter is combined, but I added it to the dry ingredients beforehand, using a microplane grater, and then whisked it for more even distribution.

The dry ingredients were combined in three batches until the batter was smooth.

Next, I stirred in the white chocolate chips gradually to get them evenly presented.

Teaspoon-sized portions were dropped onto a baking sheet….

and baked for eight minutes. Eight minutes was just the right amount of time, but I didn’t like the way the cookies looked, all lumpy like this:

So, for the subsequent batches, I rolled them into balls and flattened them on the baking sheet.

The results were yummy cookies that also made a nice presentation.

You don’t have to play the hurdy gurdy Ice Cream Man version of “The Theme from The Sting” in your kitchen while you make these, but your friends will think you did.

 

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