Sure most people don't ever really get sick of chocolate chip cookies, but I like to experiment and find new things to make. So even though there is no reason to mess with a perfectly good cookie, I decided to add some orange zest to chocolate chip cookie dough.
Then as I was getting the ingredients together, I remembered a recipe I had found in the Magnolia Bakery cookbook. Instead of chocolate chips, it used vanilla chips or white chocolate chips (which are much easier to find around here at least) and combined with the orange zest, makes a cookie reminscent of an orange dreamsicle pop from an ice cream truck. They are just as easy as traditional cookies, but offer something unexpected.
Orange Creamsicle Cookies
Recipe from The Magnolia Bakery Cookbook
Makes about 3 dozen cookies
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, slightly softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
Zest of 1 orange
1 cup white chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cookie sheets with Silpats or parchment paper. In a large bowl, combine flour, soda, and salt. Stir together and set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugars until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat on low speed until well incorporated. Add orange zest and beat to distribute. Stir in chips.
Use a cookie scoop or tablespoon to drop in rounded spoonfuls on cookie sheets, leaving plenty of room between cookies to allow for some spreading. Bake for about 10 minutes until light golden brown. Cool about 1 minute on cookie sheets and then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.