Monday, June 18, 2012

Orange you glad ...

While oranges are a winter fruit, and I never even bother to look for good ones in the summer, I think of creamsicles as the ultimate summer flavor.  Orange popsicle and vanilla ice cream all in one yummy bite.  In fact, my freezer currently contains 2 treats for the kids, fudgesicles and creamsicles.  My mom called them 50/50 bars, thanks to the Good Humor trucks of her youth.  For a while when I was a kid, they sold a checkered orange sherbet, vanilla ice cream combo in 1/2 gallon containers.  Awesome.

Last night #2 said, "I'd like to make some cookies."  Sure, I said, sounds great.  "Except I'd not like to make them myself, but have someone else make them for me.  I'd just like to eat them."  (She was playing 15 going on 5.)  So I made cookies.  I rarely need arm-twisting. 

I've seen a great-looking creamsicle cookie recipe, and fired up Pinterest to hunt it down.  But the only flavoring in the one I'd pinned was orange zest, which, being summer, I am fresh out of.  Many of the other recipes I found on-line looked like they'd turn out a cake-y product, and while those are okay, I was looking for soft and chewy.  I finally settled on pimping out a chocolate chip cookie recipe which used dry vanilla pudding mix as an ingredient.  I added more pudding, lots of orange flavor, and white chips.

The final product was perfect.  Just what I'd been looking for.  And they were a big hit with the kids and with Larry.  I used orange juice out of a container, but if you have fresh oranges, that's what I'd go with, for sure.  I didn't pay close attention to the yield, but it was at least 6 dozen. I imagine these would also be very good with chopped walnuts, if you're into that sort of thing.

Orange Chip Cookies

1 c butter, softened
3/4 c packed brown sugar
1/4 c white sugar
1 (5.1 oz) vanilla pudding mix
2 eggs
1 tsp orange extract
Zest of 1 orange, and 2 Tbsp freshly squeezed juice (or 2 Tbsp orange juice)
2 1/4 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 c white chocolate chips

Cream butter and sugars.  Mix in pudding, eggs, extract, juice and zest.  Stir in flour, soda, and chips.  Drop spoonfuls onto ungreased sheet.  Bake at 350 for 10 minutes, until just barely starting to brown in spots.  Let set 2-3 minutes and remove to cooling rack or counter-top.  Store in an air-tight container.

5 fishy comments:

2busy said...

Sounds delightful. I love it when you can just whip something up like that.

Heatherlyn said...

My kids liked those cookies too when I made them. I think they would even be good with dark chocolate chips instead of the white chocolate, but then they wouldn't be like creamsicles.

I often keep my freezer stocked with the fudge and creamsicle pops. They just go hand in hand. :)

CaJoh said...

Orange you glad I didn't say banana again...

Sounds like an interesting flavor, I'll have to give it a try when I'm in the mood for cookies.

Lara said...

MMM. Those do look awfully good!

Jenn said...

Hmm... sounds interesting! If only I wasn't terrified to turn on the oven in 100+-degree weather...