Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dreamsicle Cookies

Tonight I decided to mix up my typical chocolate chip cookie recipe. I wanted something bright and fresh since it's starting to feel springy outside. So, I added some orange zest, orange extract, {even more} vanilla extract and white chocolate chips! Major success. 
Like, Hubby-kept-sneaking-into-the-kitchen-to-grab-another success.

1/2 cup shortening...I use butter flavored, but I'm sure any will do
1/2 cup REAL butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp orange extract
Zest from one medium sized orange
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white chocolate chips

1. In a large mixing bowl of your stand mixer, beat the shortening and butter on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Then add sugar, brown sugar, and baking soda. Beat mixture until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. 
2. Beat in the eggs, orange zest, orange extract and vanilla extract until combined. 
3. Beat in as much of the flour as you with the mixer. If necessary, stir in remaining flour by hand. Stir in white chocolate pieces. 

4. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet.
5. Bake cookies in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack to cool.

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