Halloween may have been two days ago, but I can bet that you have some extra candy laying around that house of yours. From what I’m hearing, the weather seemed to be a little rainy in many parts of the country, leaving millions of children’s Halloween dreams a little less sweet and a whole lot sour. But can you actually complain too much about something like this? Because less trick or treaters means more candy for you. Whether you were left with a stock pile of candy, or you hit up the clearance candy aisles yesterday, there’s always something you can do with that extra candy. One of my favorite things to make as a youngster were orange slice cookies. We would always make them with plain chocolate chip cookie dough, but often times the cookies would completely flatten, leaving them looking like pancakes with orange slices sticking out the tops. So I took it upon myself for this 30 day challenge to develop a recipe that ensured a soft, thick, and sturdy dough to hold those little orange nuggets.
One of the key tricks to making these cookies nice and sturdy is the melted white chocolate inside the dough. The white chocolate gives it a nice, white chocolate taste (obviously), while acting as a support for the structure of the cookie. Unlike some crumbly cookies I’ve made before, these are the perfect balance of a solid outside, while still having a soft inside. No crumbly cookies here.
If you haven’t made gummy cookies before (and are a gummy lover), you have to give them a try. Some people cringe when I tell them about putting gummies into cookies, but I swear they are better than you think. When baking gummies into cookies, the sweetness (or sourness) tones down a lot after baking and they turn out to give the cookies a nice fruity taste.
Because these won’t crumble at the touch, they make for great cookies to package, stack, or put on a stick. Once you remove them from the oven, carefully press a skewer into the end of the cookies, and you have an instant cookie pop. Anything that can be made into a popsicle is always 10x more fun.
Soft Baked White Chocolate Orange Slice Cookies
- 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup 1 stick butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 12 orange slice gummy candies chopped
In a medium-sized glass bowl, melt 1 cup of the white chocolate chips and butter in the microwave (at 50% power) for 1 minute. Stir mixture and continue to microwave in 20 second increments until chips & butter are melted together. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then pour white chocolate & butter into large mixing bowl.
Add white sugar and brown sugar and mix with an electric mixer for 30 seconds on medium speed.
Add in egg and vanilla and continue to mix. Next, add baking soda and mix on low speed for 10 seconds.
With the mixer still on low speed, slowly add in flour, one cup at a time. Mix until all flour is incorporated (should take 10-20 seconds).
Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips & the chopped orange slices and mix by hand with a rubber spatula until evenly dispersed throughout dough.
Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Scoop by the tablespoon and roll into balls. Before placing the balls onto the cookie sheet, lightly flatten them with your hands so they are more like discs. This will help the cookies bake more evenly & will result in a prettier cookie. (See this image for a visual comparison between flattening & directly scooping.)
Bake at 350 degrees for 9 minutes. (*See notes below on baking time.)
Optional: Immediately after removing the cookies from the oven, lightly press in extra white chocolate chips or orange slice chunks for presentation purposes.
By baking these cookies for only 9 minutes, we are preventing the edges to be brown, and therefore preventing them to get crunchy. Part of the trick to their softness is to allow the cookies to sit on the hot cookie sheet for 5-10 minutes after removing them from the oven. This allows them to finish baking, without getting the direct heat of the oven that typically causes browned edges. The cookies will most likely look slightly underdone after 9 minutes in the oven, and that’s okay. If you prefer a crunchier cookie, feel free to leave them in the oven for a few extra minutes until you start seeing the edges brown.
Have you ever had gummy cookies? I kid you not, I had a dream last night that my Grandma made gummy cookies, but used the green mint flavored ones instead. (I also had a dream last night that I met One Direction, so I’m not sure how valid my dreams are.) I might be trying mint ones in the future, just to see if the ideas in my dreams actually can count for anything.