Feeling a little low on vitamin C? Maybe you just need a few Orange Slice Cookies. Just kidding, but I’ve always found it funny that the Brach’s orange candies used to tout vitamin C. I guess it’s a good way to rationalize eating candy.
We like Orange Slices, but I can’t recall buying them for anything other than these cookies, which along with the chewy candy have coconut, pecans, and oats. They’re delicious and a lot of fun to share at cookie exchanges.
Orange Slice Cookies — Variations
The recipe is an old one with a lot of variations. Some versions call for shortening, which makes the cookies crunchy and helps them stay fresh a little longer. More modern versions call for butter, which adds flavor but gives you slightly chewier cookies. I like both versions for different reasons, but the butter has an edge. My new addition is ground cloves, which makes the cookies feel a little more Christmas-y.
Candied Orange Peel
If you are not down with the orange slice candy and want to go with something more sophisticated, I’m sure candied orange peel would work well. In fact, I’m going to try it one day soon. For now, here’s the traditional version.
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Orange Slice Cookies
- 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened softened (230 grams) or 1 cup shortening (198) or use 1/2 cup of each
- 1 cup dark brown sugar, packed (220 grams)
- 1 cup white sugar (200 grams)
- 2 large large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups all purpose flour, lightly spooned or weighed (260 grams)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves optional
- 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped Orange Slices
- 1 1/2 cups oats, old fashioned or quick
- 1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
- Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
- Cream butter and both sugars with an electric mixer. Beat in vanilla. Add eggs and beat until blended, scraping the side of the bowl.
- Thoroughly stir flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt together and add to sugar mixture. If using cloves, add them too. Stir until incorporated, then stir in coconut, orange slices, oats and nuts.
- Shape dough into 2 inch balls (or you can make them smaller) and press them down slightly to make disks. Set about 2 1/2 inches apart on parchment lined or ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until they appear set and browned. You can also make them smaller if you'd like.
- Transfer to a wire rack to cool.