Archive for August, 2012

Orange vanilla chip cookies

When someone says they want something “light and fruity” in a pinch, my mind always wanders to these cookies. They are a great summer treat and one of the easiest recipes in my arsenal.

This recipe is from the original Magnolia Bakery Cookbook, in which the author notes it was inspired by a recipe in Country Living and reminds her of creamsicles in the summer. I couldn’t agree more.

This recipe is also a solid base for mixing and matching other flavors. For instance, substitute lime zest in place of orange and tequila instead of vanilla and you’ve got a margarita cookie!

Warning – These will disappear quickly. Bon appétit!

Orange Vanilla Chip Cookies
Recipe adapted from Magnolia Bakery Cookbook

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 sugar
1/2 lightly packed brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 cup vanilla chips

To make the cookies
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line 4 baking sheets with parchment or silpats (or use non stick baking sheets).

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and zest in a medium bowl and set aside. Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the butter and sugars in a large bowl and cream until smooth and fluffy, about 3-4 minutes. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat thoroughly until combined. Stir in the vanilla chips.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased, lined cookie sheets, leaving several inches in between. Refrigerate the cookies on the cookie sheets for 10 minutes, then bake them for 10-12 minutes or until lightly golden brown. Do not over bake them.

Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute then remove them to a rack to cool completely.


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