Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Citrus White Chocolate Cookies

Dress - Mossimo // Shoes - Mossimo (via Marc's closeouts) // Belt & Scarf - Thrifted

This is the second time I made these cookies this week. And yes, it's only Tuesday--they are that good. Anyways, I don't really do a lot of baking or cooking. But, I just needed to share this recipe with you!

This is just in my mom's recipe binder and I have no idea where she got it from--normally there's a name on it or a note or something. Or at least a website. But, there's nothing on this recipe. So, to whoever gave this recipe to my mom...I love you. Really, I do. And I'm just trying to spread this citrusy love around by sharing this amazing recipe.

Citrus White Chocolate Cookies

1 c. Butter
1/2 c. White Sugar
1/2 c. Brown Sugar
1 Egg
2 1/4 c. Flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 T. Grated orange peel (I think lemon would be delish too)
1 12 oz. Bag of white chocolate chips

Instructions (Real Instructions below this):
Once you have a reason to bake these cookies (mine was making dessert for company coming over the next day) begin to put off baking said cookies. Do laundry or anything else except for baking. Then find a good movie to watch while you bake 'cause you can't bake without entertainment. I recommend Tower Heist, but pick something you like. When you have the movie, find your computer to watch it on. Then, once you have your computer, proceed to check all email, facebook, and do all your blog reading. Heck, while you're at it, you might as well even write a blog post. At this point it should be around 9:30PM. You may now start the baking.

Rummage through some cabinets until you find several kinds of sugar and add that with the butter to the mixer. Stop the mixer every 15 or so seconds so you can taste the batter--this is the best part of the batter. Put off adding the egg as long as possible so you can continue tasting the batter. Forget about exercising and accept that medium is a great clothing size...and have yet another taste. Finally add the egg and taste just a little bit of that batter. Periodically eat several handfuls of white chocolate chips.

Mix the dry ingredients together and add that slowly to the mixer. But, make sure to get flour and stuff all over the counter and floors in this process. Pause to grab someone else's apron and then continue spooning the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl. Grate some orange peel on the side of the grater that's hardest to wash. Wash the grater. Realize you only grated half of what you needed, get the grater back out, and repeat. Add this orange peel and chocolate chips to the bowl and mix in by hand.

At this point, you've completely forgotten to preheat the oven. So sit and watch the movie while you wait for the oven to heat up. Eventually the oven will be the right temperature and you can bake those cookies! You must sample at least one each time a batch comes out and put the rest on a wire rack. Lastly, clean the kitchen while taking several breaks to eat more cookies.

And that's how it's done.

Real Instructions: Cream butter and sugar in a large bowl or mixer. Beat in egg. Combine dry ingredients in another bowl and then spoon it into the mixer and mix until it's a good, cookie consistency. Then, stir in the orange peel and white chocolate by hand. Place small spoonfuls on a cookie sheet and bake 10-12 minutes (I found 12 minutes is usually good) at 350 degrees. Cool on a wire rack. Enjoy.

Note: Hershey's chocolate chips are much better than the store brand for these cookies. Normally I don't really care about the difference, but with these cookies it's very noticeable and worth the few extra cents to get the Hershey's. And DO NOT use Smart Balance. Regular cookies are amazing with smart balance, but these taste much better with regular butter. I normally use Smart Balance for everything, but I would recommend butter for these.

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