‘Orange’ you glad you tried these cookies?

We were recently invited to a special day-after-St.-Patrick’s-Day party. Since this followed the day of green, in tradition with the Irish flag, the theme for the party included all of the guests wearing lots and lots of orange (white would have been far too boring).

I found an outrageously bright neon orange dress and paired it with some green tights. I didn’t quite think it through that Joey and I were planning on eating dinner at a restaurant before we went, but our server had apparently seen weirder customers in her lifetime; she didn’t seem too fazed by how bright I was.

We had a great time at the party, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many brightly colored folks in one place before.

In the spirit of the evening, I decided to try a new recipe for our contribution to the snack table. I recently found this recipe online. It’s a bit weird, as these cookies include those jelly orange slice candies, but since those are toward the top of my favorite candy list, I decided to give them a shot. Let me tell you: they were delicious.

I found this recipe on the blog “Life is Sweeter by Design.” You can find the original at http://www.lifeissweeterbydesign.com/soft-orange-slice-cookies/. The author, Jamie, says on her website that she’s from south central Kansas, which I thought was pretty neat. I doubled the vanilla in my version.

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Orange Slice Cookies

Ingredients

3/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

3.5 ounce package of instant vanilla pudding

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 eggs

2-1/4 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup orange slice candy, diced

1 cup white chocolate chips

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together the butter, brown sugar, sugar and pudding mix until it’s nice and fluffy.

Beat in the vanilla and eggs.

Now beat in the flour and baking soda.

Once everything is well-combined, fold in the diced candy (I cut each orange slice into about six pieces, if you’re wondering how big to make them) and the chocolate chips.

Scoop out the dough and roll into about one-inch balls. Place them about one inch apart on a cookie sheet, and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cookies are just starting to brown on top.

Once they cool enough for the chocolate to mostly set up, transfer the cookies to an airtight container. That will help them stay soft. (I put a layer of waxed paper between the stacks to keep them from sticking together.)

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Not only were these cookies pretty, but they were definitely different from any other cookie I’ve ever tried. I think you could also try other candies that are similar to orange slices if you wanted to get creative with these.

They were also a big hit. I took an empty container home from the party, so I’d say that’s a good testament to how yummy they were. Of course, there’s also the possibility everyone was just looking for a snack that matched their outfits, but I’m going to tell myself they were just that good.

Lindsey Young is managing editor of The Clarion, the Kansas Publishing Ventures newspaper in Andale. She can be reached at lindseyclarion@gmail.com.