These easy drop cookies are like the summer version of chocolate chip cookies. They’re soft and chewy with a burst of summer flavor from fresh orange zest and a little extra sweetness from white chocolate chips. It’s a bit like combining the comfort of a chocolate chip cookie with the fresh, sweet and fruity flavor of an orange creamsicle. The result is a treat that’s perfect for a summer snack or dessert. These cookies store well and stay soft for days, making them great as cookie jar treats to keep on-hand in the kitchen or as an easy crowd-pleaser for a barbecue.
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons orange zest (2 oranges)
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
- In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Add in the egg and vanilla, beat until smooth.
- Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing after each addition, just until combined.
- Mix in the orange zest.
- Using a large spoon, stir in the white chocolate chips.
- Roll dough into teaspoon-size balls. Rolling the dough balls in your hand will create nicely shaped cookies.
- Place dough balls on unlined baking sheets.
- Bake cookies for 8-10, or just until the edges are golden brown. Do not overbake. Cookies will still seem soft in the middle, but they will firm as they cool.
- Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack.
- Store completely cooled cookies in an air-tight container.
- Makes approximately 3 dozen cookies.
- (Recipe inspiration found here.)
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