Full Moon Recipe for May: White Chocolate Orange Cookies

Hello there, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Here’s this month’s witch-tinted recipe for your Beltante Cakes and Ale: White Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies! It is bastardized from a recipe I found on AllRecipes.com. First, the recipe; then, me talking about how it is an edible spell!

White Chocolate Chip Orange Cookies

  • The Ingredients
    • 1 and 1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
    • 1 and 1/3 cup powdered sugar
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 tablespoon Cointreau, other orange liqueur, or orange extract
    • 1 tablespoon orange juice
    • 1 egg, beaten well
    • 3 cups + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon baking powder
    • 3 tablespoons orange zest
    • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • The Way of Preparing
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C/Gas mark 4. Line a baking sheet with either a silicone mat or parchment paper.
    2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
    3. Cream together the butter and powdered sugar on low speed (to prevent sugar cloud of doom exploding everywhere). Once incorporated, mix on high for two minutes or until light and fluffy.
    4. Add the vanilla, orange liqueur, and egg. Mix well.
    5. Add the flour mixture in two to three batches and mix until there are no more streaks. Make sure to scrape down the bowl frequently.
    6. Once the dough has come together, mix in the white chocolate chips.
    7. Chill dough for 30 minutes before baking.
    8. Using a cookie dough scoop, place dough balls an inch apart on your prepared baking sheet.
    9. Use the back of a spoon or the bottom of a glass to flatten the tops of the cookies slightly as they don’t spread much.
    10. Bake at 350°F/175°C/Gas mark 4 for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are slightly brown.
    11. Cool completely on a cooling rack.
  • Notes:
    • For even more punch, sandwich two cooled cookies with a bit of orange marmalade for a yummy cookie sandwich!
    • These also make amazing white chocolate lemon poppy seed cookies, but half the sugar is dark brown rather than just white.
    • For a white chocolate raspberry version, substitute the orange zest for 2 tablespoons of raspberry preserves and the orange liqueur for raspberry.
    • I’ve always wanted to try a blueberry white chocolate version, but haven’t quite figured out how as of yet. If anyone does, let me know!

This was originally made for Beltate 2006? Maybe 2007. But I just used the basic Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, added orange zest, orange extract rather than liqueur, and substituted white chocolate for milk. So this particular recipe is one that I tweaked and then outright stole. I’m a little heavy handed on my extracts, hence the extra tablespoon of flour. They’re crisper than my usual cookie (like my Double Chocolate Chip or my Snickerdoodles).

In this context, it’s just a cakes-and-ale recipe, honestly. I wasn’t thinking of the ways it could be a spell. But between the magical properties of chocolate, specifically white chocolate, being fun and friendship, and oranges being good for love, luck, and money, this would be a good recipe to bring to a gathering.

These are good spring or summer cookies to make. The white chocolate isn’t too heavy, and you can cut back the amount of chips you use if you’d like. I’m heavy handed on my chip-ness.

Happy Baking! I would love for you to send me pictures of your versions. And please share any recipes you’d like me to make!

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