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Summer baking: Orange white chocolate chip cookies

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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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  • 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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