These dreamy sandwich cookies are like orange-flavored Oreos. Get the recipe here, along with my #WeLoveToSeeItWednesday pick!
Citrus isn't necessarily in season during summer. However, I can think of few things more refreshing than a nice juicy orange! Is it possible to have a satisfying orange treat during the summer months?
These orange dreamsicle cookies use orange vanilla simple syrup to achieve a perfectly dreamy, citrus flavor. They are even gluten and dairy free. Make them today with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
Read on for the recipe.
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Orange Dreamsicle Cookies
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/8 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
6 Tbsp plant-based buttery spread (~3/4 sticks), room temperature
3/4 cups (150 g) granulated sugar
1 Tbsp orange zest (a splash of orange juice will do in a pinch)
1 large egg
1 1/4 tsp orange vanilla simple syrup
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp orange vanilla simple syrup
2 Tbsp water (~30 g)
Before baking, adjust the oven rack so that it is in the middle of the oven. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two sheet pans with parchment paper.
In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
In a bowl or stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the buttery spread until it is creamy (~ 1 min). Add in the sugar and zest -- beat on medium speed until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes). Scrape sides of bowl, and add in the egg and simple syrup. Beat in flour mixture at a low speed until combined.
Form the dough into 2 oz (57 g) balls -- about 3 tablespoons. Place 4-5 balls on each sheet and use the bottom of a glass or cup to flatten each ball.
Bake the cookies one pan at a time, for 10 minutes. Rotate the pans halfway through (~5 minutes. At 10 minutes, tap the pans slightly in the oven against the rack. Bake until the sides are golden (an additional 1-2 minutes as needed). The cookies will seem thin and large.
Cool the cookies in the pan on a cooling rack immediately out of the oven. After 5 minutes, transfer the cookies to the cooling rack using a spatula.
After mostly cool, use a small, circular cookie cutter to cut circles out of the cookies. It is okay if the cookies are still a bit warm, as long as they won't break or crumble when the cookie cutters are used.
Mix the ingredients of the cream together using a hand mixer. Using a piping bag, pipe a small amount of the cream on the "bottom/inside" of one cookie. Use another cookie to create a sandwich. Continue the process until all sandwiches and cream have been used.
One particular ingredient really makes these cookies shine!
Royal Rose Orange Vanilla Syrup
I highly recommend Royal Rose Syrups. I never list an affiliate I wouldn't use (or am actively using) myself. I already have a couple more simple syrup recipes in the works -- I can't get enough of them!
I love the subtle, dimensional flavor each simple syrup adds. Try them today to elevate any recipe!