David is not a dessert person. I haven’t figured out whether he just doesn’t have a big sweet tooth or whether he has amazing self control. It might be a combination of the two. BUT, he asked me to make these cookies again. That is quite an endorsement! I love these cookies because their orange zest really sets them apart and makes them crave-worthy. They’re also great with ice cream, as a snack, or even as breakfast on the go. Now I need to buy another orange so I can get a second batch into the oven.
To make these cookies, preheat your oven to 350ºF. Beat together 4 tablespoons of room-temperature butter, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 1/2 cup of packed brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. This dough ends up being really thick, so it will help to use an electric mixer. Add 1 egg to the bowl, and beat that in too.
Next, add to the bowl 3/4 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg, and 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger. Combine that all together. Then, mix in 1/2 cup of oats (I used rolled oats, but quick-cooking will work too), 1/2 cup of the nut of your choice (I used sliced almonds, but pecans or walnuts would also be great), 1/2 cup of chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon of grated orange zest.
Space tablespoon-sized scoops of dough on a baking sheet.
If you like your cookies to be crispy-chewy, bake them for 12 minutes. If you prefer them to be soft-chewy, bake them for 10 minutes. I like crispy! I really loved the orange accents in these cookies. It was hard to control myself around them, and I hope you like them too!
And happy birthday, Carly! You might find that a few of these cookies made their way to you today! xooxooxo
These cookies are adapted from Smitten Kitchen.
- Butter- 4 tablespoons
- Sugar- 1/3 cup
- Brown sugar- 1/2 cup
- Salt- 1/2 teaspoon
- Vanilla extract- 1/2 teaspoon
- Egg- 1
- Flour- 3/4 cup
- Baking soda- 1/2 teaspoon
- Cinnamon- 1/4 teaspoon
- Nutmeg- 1/8 teaspoon
- Ground ginger- 1/8 teaspoon
- Oats- 1/2 cup
- Chocolate chips- 1/2 cup
- Almonds, walnuts, or pecans- 1/2 cup
- Orange zest- 1 teaspoon