Oatmeal, Coconut and fresh orange juice create these refreshing Chewy Orange Cookies.
It’s only February, which means spring and fresh fruit is still months away. I am getting tired of chocolate (did I really just say that?) and winter-spiced desserts. I am ready for something refreshing and fruity! Enter Chewy Orange Cookies!!
I have been in a total cookie-baking mood lately. It’s been awhile since the holidays, where I was baking cookies every other day. So it was nice to take a little break and bake some other things. But I do love baking cookies, and Chewy Orange Cookies are just the bite of summer I was looking for.
These cookies mix up just like most other cookie dough. Cream butter and brown sugar; add eggs; mix in flour and then comes the key ingredients: orange juice; orange peel; oatmeal and coconut.
Orange juice=a bit of orange flavor.
Orange peel=more intense orange flavor.
Oatmeal=chewy texture (LOVE!)
Coconut= sweetness and more chewy texture.
You mix all these things together, bake them and you will be rewarded with cookies that are just a bit crisp on the outside with a chewy inside and a burst of fresh fruit flavor. But that’s not enough…noo! We need to kick up the sweetness and the orange flavor a bit more. This means FROSTING.
This frosting is where it’s at! A little powdered sugar, butter, orange juice and orange peel makes a sweet, but oh-so citrusy icing. If you want little less orange flavor, cut down on the orange peel here. I like the added flavor and it makes the cookies prettier. Be sure when you zest your oranges that you only use the very outer orange part. If you start to get some of the white part of the peel, it will give your cookies and frosting a bitter aftertaste.
When you finish frosting all the cookies, let them stand for 10 minutes or so, until the frosting dries and then store your cookies in an airtight container.
Are you ready for warmer weather? Make a batch of these Chewy Orange Cookies to help beat the winter blues. It will taste like a little bit of summer in your mouth! Happy Baking!
Yields 3 dozen cookies
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/4 teaspoons grated orange peel
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups quick cooking oatmeal
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon grated orange peel
- 3-4 tablespoons orange juice
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
- In large bowl, beat sugar, brown sugar, and butter on medium speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl often, until light and fluffy.
- Add eggs and mix well.
- Stir in 2 tablespoons orange juice, vanilla and 1 1/4 teaspoons orange peel; mix well.
- In a small bowl, sir together flour, baking soda, salt and baking powder. Add to sugar mixture and blend on medium speed until well combined.
- Stir on oatmeal and coconut.
- Drop rounded tablespoons of dough onto parchment-lined cookie sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.
- Bake 8-10 minutes until cookies are light golden brown; cool 3 minutes on pan; remove to cooling rack and cool completely.
- To make frosting, in a small bowl, combine powdered sugar, melted butter, 1 tablespoon grated orange peel and 2 tablespoons orange juice. Mix well, stirring in additional orange juice as needed until frosting reaches a spreadable consistency.
- Frost cookies. Let frosting set before storing cookies.