White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Zest

Dear Boys,

We are on the third and final day of the Snowpocalypse.  Yes, that is what our local newspaper called this winter storm of 2014.  Snow and ice are so rare here in the Deep South that major occurrences tend to be labeled.  The other memorable event of our lifetime was The Blizzard of ’93.  I think we got about three inches of snow then.  As is the case this week, life comes to a halt, trips here and there are suddenly unnecessary, families play together in the snow.  I am a girl who prefers 90 degrees and sunshine, but even I say with great fondness that snow days in the south are something truly special.

We have hunkered down here at home, making the most of our unexpected holiday.

Dad has kept the fire going, banking it at night so that there are still coals in the morning from which to rekindle the blaze.  We have been in and out of the snow more times than I can count.  Our crew has enjoyed nighttime walks on cold, crisp nights.  Friends have weathered the storm with us,  couches and floors covered by sleeping bodies.  The only things we have picked up are the dishes, and that industry is prompted only by our desire to eat again.  Gloves, hats, coats, boots, quilts, board games and candy wrappers cover every area that a body does not.  We have enjoyed good coffee, creamy cocoa, hot soup, fresh bread and lots of cookies.

This is the cookie I made when the official announcements were made that life was put on hold for yet one more day:

White Chocolate Chip Cookies with Orange Zest.

This is Nana’s recipe, and it is award-winning.  Lee and John, you both made these cookies at different times and entered them in the county fair contest.  You each walked away with a blue ribbon and $25 in prize money.

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In a bowl other than the one you use for your electric mixer, mix 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour with

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3/4 teaspoon baking soda and

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1/2 teaspoon salt.  Stir and set aside.

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You’ll also need two sticks of softened butter.  They need to be softened in order to mix them.  You can either put them on the counter a couple hours before you make the cookies or, if you decide to bake spur-of-the-moment, you can microwave the butter for eight seconds or so.  Just do it long enough to make the butter a little soft to the touch.  You don’t want to melt it at all.

In a separate bowl from the flour mixture, beat the butter with an electric mixer until it is light and fluffy.

DSC_0229Next you need 1/2 cup light brown sugar and

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1/2 cup white sugar.

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Add these to the whipped butter.

DSC_0224Over a small bowl, grate the peel of an orange.  Be sure to use the smallest notches on your grater.

DSC_0226This is called zest, and it looks like this.

DSC_0228Add 2 teaspoons of grated orange zest to the butter and sugar mixture.

DSC_0218Then add one egg to the mixture and beat until blended.

DSC_0231Now slowly beat in the flour mixture.

DSC_0234Add one 12-ounce bag white chocolate chips.

DSC_0236Place small pieces of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet.  I usually do 12 cookies at a time.

DSC_0241Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool on a rack and enjoy with a glass of milk while you reminisce about the 2014 Snowpocalypse.

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