Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies

I love Orange Julius, Orange Creamsicles, Orange PushUps, and anything that’s creamy and orangey.

And I love these cookies because they’re creamy, orangey, and loaded with melted white chocolate.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

I know that anything with peanut butter or melted chocolate is going to get everyone really excited, and while I love those things too, hello Peanut Butter Comfort, I also love white chocolate.

For me, pre-Christmas baking means lots of white chocolate, and since winter citrus is just beginning to come into season, the time is right for these cookies. They remind me of all the Orange Creamsicles I ate as a kid.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

I modeled the dough after the recent Candy Corn and White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies, which were just slightly adapted from Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies, which are like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars, in cookie form.

I chose this dough base because it’s supremely soft, light, buttery, delicate, and tender. It’s slightly sweeter and creamier than my trusty chocolate chip cookie dough base. I love it for fruit-based cookies or when white chocolate is involved.

I get so much positive feedback about this dough from readers. Cookies made with it melt in your mouth. The two unique features are a splash of cream, which tenderizes the dough, and a bit of cornstarch is added.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

I’ve used cornstarch in about 20 cookie recipes, including Chocolate Chip and Chunk CookiesPeanut Butter Coconut Oil CookiesM&Ms CookiesSnickers CookiesTwix Bar CookiesCaramel Corn Chocolate Chip CookiesSmores CookiesLofthouse CookiesCandy Corn and White Chocolate Chip CookiesVanilla Melting Moments Sandwich Cookies, and more.

It helps create softbatch-style cookies that are so soft, moist, and supple, without turning cakey.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

I used almond extract in the cookies, and I just love baking with it because it lends such a unique flavor profile, unlike anything you can get from any other extract. Slightly sweet, so fragrant, and if you’ve never used it, it’s a must-try. It’s kept near the vanilla extract and is usually about half the price.

While I’m sure you could omit it, it helps create additional depth of flavor that’s rich and luxurious.

I also used vanilla extract, but ironically, didn’t use orange extract. I relied exclusively from orange zest to create the orange flavor profile. The cookies are orangey enough, without being overpowering. However, if you’d prefer a more in-your-face pop of orange flavor, use orange extract.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

When zesting an orange, either use a microplane or the finest blade on a box grater. Take off only the orange-colored part of the peel. The white part (pith)can be very bitter, and no one wants bitter cookies. I used 2 tablespoons of zest, yielded from 1 large orange, zested in entirety. My orange was a bald, white globe when I was done with it.

I don’t recommend adding orange juice to the dough (someone will ask). It’ll water it down, you’ll have to add more flour, and because OJ is such a strong acid, it’ll continue to ‘dissolve’ the dough, causing it to become more limp, runny, and soupy as time passes.

After mixing the dough and forming it into mounds, it must be chilled, no exceptions. Do not bake with warm dough because the cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter, and you’ll likely end up with orange puddles or pancakes.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

I’m in love with how soft, moist, and tender the cookies are.  I baked for just over 8 minutes, which falls on the underbaking side of the spectrum, and ensures the cookies stay soft for up to 1 week (mine don’t last past 12 hours). If you prefer more well-done cookies, bake for closer to 10 minutes. However, these cookies are supposed to be supremely soft, tender, and you want them to just melt in your mouth.

The pop of orange flavor is just enough, and it’s the perfect complement to the buttery, rich dough. The tangy citrus plays perfectly off the sweet white chocolate chips, which add bursts of sweetness and texture.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

One of the top 5 most popular recipes on my blog is this Orange PushUp Smoothie. It’s the smoothie equivalent of Orange PushUps or orange creamsicles. And now I have cookies with the same flavor profile.

Cookies are always better than smoothies.

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies - Cookies that taste like Orange Creamsicles! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies

These cookies are so soft, buttery, tender, and just melt in your mouth. The dough uses both cornstarch and cream, which help keep the cookies supple, light, and extra soft without being cakey. The recipe calls for almond extract and optionally, orange extract. For bolder orange flavor, use orange extract. When zesting the orange, make sure to take off just the orange-colored flesh and not the white part (pith) because it’s very bitter. The dough must be chilled before baking, no exceptions, or the cookies will spread, bake thin, and flatten out. There’s loads of white chocolate in every bite, and they remind me of an Orange Creamsicle.

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Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons almond extract
1 to 2 teaspoons orange extract, optional (I did not use and cookies were still ‘orangey’ enough, but for extra orange flavor, use it)
2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half
2 tablespoons freshly grated orange zest
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
one 10-ounce bag white chocolate chips (about 1 1/2 heaping cups)

Directions:

  1. To the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or large bowl and electric hand mixer), cream together the butter, sugars, egg, and extracts on medium-high speed until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the cream, zest, and mix on medium speed until incorporated, about 1 minute.
  3. Stop, scrape down the sides of the bowl, and add the flour, corn starch, baking soda, optional salt, and mix on low speed until just incorporated, about 1 minute; don’t overmix.
  4. Add the white chocolate chips, and mix on low speed until just incorporated.
  5. Using a medium 2-inch cookie scoop, form heaping two-tablespoon mounds (I made 20). Place mounds on a large plate, flatten mounds slightly, cover with plasticwrap, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or up to 5 days, before baking. Do not bake with warm dough because cookies will spread and bake thinner and flatter.
  6. Preheat oven to 350F, line a baking sheet with a Silpat or spray with cooking spray. Place mounds on baking sheet, spaced at least 2 inches apart (I bake 8 cookies per sheet) and bake for about 8 to 9 minutes, or until edges have set and tops are just beginning to set, even if slightly undercooked, pale and glossy in the center. Do not overbake because cookies will firm up as they cool. Baking longer than 10 minutes could result in cookies with overly browned undersides.
  7. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooking. Cookies will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 4 months. Unbaked cookie dough can be stored airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 4 months, so consider baking only as many cookies as desired and save the remaining dough to be baked in the future when desired.
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70 comments on “Orange Creamsicle White Chocolate Chip Softbatch Cookies”

  1. I’ll be honest – I prefer white chocolate over any kind of milk/dark chocolate and so does Jason! It’s been a long time since I baked some cookies though – will have to make this soon. Plus, I have a bag of oranges to use up too!

  2. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cookie quite like this–very unique!! Orange zest, almond and white chocolate sounds delicious together. Those melty chips always get me–such a strong visual appeal! Orange Julius has been around for a long time–I remember when they only had orange and strawberry available and I see their menu has really expanded.

    • Orange zest, almond and white chocolate sounds delicious together = they are Paula! So good! I know these cookies will never become ‘popular’ because they don’t have the buzzword ingredients but for a certain person who can appreciate something that’s not PB or regular chocolate, they are amazing! I know you would love them!

  3. I am just getting into using white chocolate and citrus. I know I have said this before, but growing up it was straight chocolate desserts. Nothing citrus and nothing white chocolate, but with winter and the holiday season approaching I really want to make a few white chocolate desserts. They are so festive, plus I personally am loving white chocolate!

    These are one unique and awesome looking cookie and agree with on going with a soft batch cookie. It is perfect for the delicate flavors of citrus and white chocolate!

    • Around the holidays every year, I go a little nuts with the white chocolate. I don’t know why, but everything I reach for or think about making, uses it! I have to try to tell myself to tone it down b/c I know not everyone loves it. But somethings just need it…like I feel like milk or semisweet wouldnt really ‘go’ very well in these. And I don’t like orange-flavored chocolates. Weird, huh. But I love the orange WITH the white choc chips. Picky much? :)

  4. I love the addition of almond extract. Definitely my favorite :)

  5. As always a nice surprise on your blog. Orange cookies sound like a dream.

  6. These look so delicious. Growing up, we used to go to the local mall and buy an Orange Juilius every time we were there and oh my they were good! We would always ask them what was in the secret powder and they would never tell – of course! :-) My boys love Orange Julius type stuff as well so I know these will be loved. My hubby likes it, too, so I am so making these. I typically use the arrowroot powder as a sub for cornstarch and all is well. I so dig the winter citrus. Around here we have the Japanese mandarins and I love them. I can eat 10 at one sitting – no joke. They are that good!

    • Japanese mandarins are so good when they’re in season! I used to know someone with a tree and they’d bring them to a park group we’d go to when Skylar was a baby. Nice memories :)

      And glad to hear that the arrowroot powder is working for you for the cornstarch. And yes, I love Orange Julius’ too. Could guzzle those things! LMK if you try these!

  7. Ooh, I like the concept. So many cookies seem to get in a variation-on-chocolate-chip rut–but this would be fun and different!

  8. Aaaaa this is soooo awesome!!! So creative! I loved creamsicles as a kid, haven’t really had them since but I definitely love orange flavoured desserts nowadays. I’ve never tried orange extract but I bet it’s the perfect addition to these cookies.

  9. Love orange! I bet these taste amazing :)

  10. I made orange creamsicle cookies a long time ago and I lvoed them and actually remember thinking that I should have adde white chocolate chips! These look and sound FANTASTIC. It weird that I love dreamsicle flavors but I rarely dig into an orange on its own. Or maybe that isn’t all that weird. Oranges are a total pain to peel!

    • Oranges are a total pain to peel – agreed! Which is why it’s not a fruit I gravitate toward naturally. When I was growing up I ate a ton of them and loved them but my mom peeled them for me…LOL I also think certain climates just make you crave certain things. And in MN, it wasn’t like we had local persimmon and fresh kumquats in November. We had apples, oranges & bananas.

  11. Ooooh. I can tell from that overhead shot we like our cookies baked al dente. These are fabulous! Break out the citrus!

  12. oh my gosh YES.
    I love creamsicle anything too.
    I made (if you get a chance) a creamsicle cheesecake, years ago, that was soo good.
    You need to see this; I’m going to re-do it with a few tweaks.
    I LOVE these cookies AV–these are going in the friday links–the world must know about them. lol

    • You know what, I do have a vague memory of that cheesecake! These cookies will never get the attn the a choc or a PB cookie will, but for those of us who can appreciate something a little different, these flavors are incredible! And they’re supremely soft and underbaked, the best kind of cookie :) Thanks in advance if you decide to feature on your linky love!

  13. amazing looking! I want now now!

  14. Yummm, these cookies look incredibly delish!!

  15. There you go again with those pictures of gooey melted chocolate chips that makes my mouth water :) You make those look better than anyone else! I make a very similar cookie that is a family favorite, but you’ve convinced me to try out your recipe . . . plus anything with almond extract is divine.

  16. I would say almost darn perfect! White chocolate is my favorite over milk or dark any day!

  17. I can’t wait to try these! I love the addition of the orange zest :)

  18. Orange creamsicles are such a great throwback to what I loved as a kid! And now I KNOW I would go crazy over these… they look SO incredibly soft!

  19. Aw, I love these! Anything orange creamsicle reminds me of my childhood : ) These look perfect Averie! And I LOVE that you used a good amount of almond extract – I’m obsessed with that stuff. Although I go through those little bottles far too quickly….

  20. Orange creamsicle is an understood flavor combination and I just LOVE that you glorify it! These cookies look so soft, buttery, and melty. I’m embracing all the fun ways to use citric right now and have got to try it in cookies! Since they’re orange-y, I can have a stack for breakfast right?

  21. Holy cow creamsicle? you are killing me with how incredible these look!

  22. These cookies are perfection! Going to make these soon, they just might end up on my holiday cookies platters that I give out every year. :-)

  23. All hail the cookie temptress! These look terrific, Averie! I could easily devour a dozen.

  24. Orange creamsicles were always my favorite treat growing up! And, since I am a normal person, I adore cookies. Loving the flavour combo here…plus fat, soft cookies own my heart! Yum!

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